The Thought
Louise Martin Brown

browAbout herself, the poet writes: “I was born in Commerce, Georgia December 14, 1920. I graduated from Commerce High School in 1938. Thanks to the GI bill I graduated from the University of Georgia School of Journalism, Athens, Georgia, in 1948, after attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant in the U. S. Marine Corps, where I served from August 1943 until December 1945 (WW ll). I completed a correspondence course with the Institute of Children's Literature, Redding Ridge, Connecticut, and studied Theatre Arts, at Utah State University, Logan, Utah. I have had stories published in The Herald Journal, Logan, UT, The Deseret News, Salt Lake City, and Utah Science Magazine, USU Press. My 20-page manuscript Memories of a Marine is part of the Oral History Program at Headquarters Marine Corps and at Women in Military Service for America. I have completed a collection of stories (approximately 250 pages) titled When We First Begun [sic] (the last four words of the last verse of the hymn, “Amazing Grace”). It is a memoir that includes history, genealogy, and folktales.” She still attends several writing groups, one at the Sherman Oaks Library and others around the San Fernando Valley.

The Thought

I can’t find the thought
I had yesterday – something about
smiles, or trees, or paths --
I remember it came fleetingly
as I lay my glasses on the table here.

Perhaps it won’t come back --
lost forever in that vast darkness
where nebulous things crowd
each other trying to be born.

Or maybe it will come back
and emerge full blown into a perfect portrayal
Of a smile, a tree, a path --
Or whatever it was striving for yesterday,
as I lay my glasses on the table here.

The Beautiful French Word Cliché

There’s an old cliché called “needless to say.”
Another is called “oh, by the way.”
What “words of wisdom” or “nuggets of gold”
follow these “gems” from the “days of old”?
Maybe they are the “best of the lot.”
Maybe they should “die on the spot.”

Oh, by the way, needless to say,
This “fine kettle of fish” might make “a tasty dish”
to serve “a la carte” if we’re “worlds apart.”
We might have to “take it or leave it” or
“Sink or swim” and “scatter our forces” or
“Go out on a limb.”

We can’t “second guess” what might “follow the lead”
Of “Needless to say,” or “Oh, by the way.”
Maybe “et cetera” would “hit the spot”
Bringing “rays of sunshine” to “sweeten the pot.”

“In closing, I’d like to say,”
Thoughts “too numerous to mention” can follow etc. --
“You name it, you’ve got it” “in spades”
In the “land of the free.”

“Without further ado” -- I now sincerely say,
To a “world gone mad”
“No problem,” and “Have a good day!”