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THE WAY

TO THE

STARS



a collection of poems


by

Kathleen Ruel



Copyright Kathleen Ruel 2017

All Rights Reserved

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CONTENTS



FOREWORD



JUNGLE POEMS


INTRODUCTION

MONKEY MISSION

THREE RAINBOWS

NO MORE MONKEYS

THE WAY TO THE STARS

SOME DAYS



NATURE POEMS


INTRODUCTION

LISTENS TO THE WIND

IN THE BACKYARD

SNOWY MOUNTAIN

IN HER CUPPED HANDS

SEED





FOREWORD



When I was young, I loved to write poems and express my thoughts and feelings. Poetry provided me with a structure to create and a place to experience comfort, beauty, and peace. Carefully constructed phrases and rhythms could stir my soul, elevate my spirit, and quell my fears. I can recall how simple poems made me feel, and how I would assemble them into little books with cardboard covers. I treasured those poems and handmade books. They mattered to me.


When I finished college and returned home, I felt wanderlust within a year. I left a good job of six months, and I packed up my vehicle and started to roam from place to place in search of adventure, but, really, it was in search of myself and truth. With a boyfriend and his stuff in the car as well, there wasn’t much room, but I managed to find space for some books. I cared little about material things at that time and preferred to travel light, but I lugged those books around with me. Just knowing they were with me, even if they were in an unopened box in the trunk of my car, provided me comfort and connection. They were important to me.


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