Pausing in the Passing Places

An AGATES Book of Poetry

by Alice Scott Ferguson

Paperback / 5.5″ x 8.5″ / 103 pp.

Illustrated with oil paintings by Amy Whitehouse

ISBN: 9781945099083

$15.49

Publication date: July 20, 2018

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These penetrating poems by Scottish-born author and wordsmith, Alice Scott-Ferguson, offer transparent reflections on life, loss, longing, and love. Alice writes of the sacred and the mundane with the same unique look under the covers. Her Celtic blood runs strong and she is unafraid to voice a fresh and different take on a diversity of topics. These 68 refreshing, vibrant, and thought-provoking poems make for inspiring reading, especially when enhanced with oil painter Amy Whitehouse’s exquisite original art!

Alice was educated as a registered nurse in Scotland, holds a B.S. degree in Health Sciences, and has worked mainly in the psychiatric field, and as a freelance writer, poet, and motivational speaker. Alice has contributed to both the secular and religious press, has written and taught Bible studies, and produced prize-winning poetry.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION ~ 11

NATURE ~ 15
Autumn Observation ~ 17
Montana Gold ~ 18
Crawly Critter ~ 19
Today ~ 19
On Killing Caterpillars ~ 20
Capturing Colorado ~ 21
The Sights of the Sea ~ 22
Birds of Being ~ 23
Lunar Light ~ 24
The Aurora Borealis ~ 25
The Silence of Spring ~ 26

THE GOD WHO IS ~ 27
After Visiting an Alzheimer’s Unit ~ 29
Who Am I? ~ 30
When is Now ~ 31
They Have Their Reward ~ 34
An Either/Or World ~ 33
Hell ~ 34
Dancing Is Divine ~ 35
Name Changes ~ 36
Mishpocka ~ 38

GRIEF and LOSS ~ 39
Three ~ 41
When Loving Needs Comforting ~ 42
Stockpile of Sadness ~ 43
Zerrissenheit ~ 44
Parting with Pets ~ 45
Byproducts of Bereavement ~ 46
A Day Too Late ~ 47
Wonder-Working Hope ~ 48

REGRET/ FORGIVENESS ~ 49
Blame and Shame ~ 51
Evening Reverie ~ 52
Happiness ~ 53
Forgiving ~ 54
My Beloved’s Absolution ~ 55
This Christmas Day ~ 56

FAMILY ~ 57
Shamu ~ 59
Uno Alla Volta ~ 60
My Brother ~ 61
Child of the Isles ~ 63
My Madeleine ~ 64
Mother’s Day Morning ~ 65

LIFE LENS ~ 67
Creating a Cabin Retreat ~ 69
Long Time Online ~ 70
They Have Their Reward ~ 71
Goodbye at the Airport ~ 72
Rudeness on the road ~ 72
No More ‘Nice Day’? ~ 73
Bickering and Blaming ~ 74
Waiting Room Muse ~ 75
Répondez s’il Vous Plait ~ 76
Voices of Vietnam ~ 77
Together at Thirty-Three Thousand Feet ~ 78
Pillow Talk ~ 79
American the Beautiful ~ 80
Poured Out or Sealed Up? ~ 82

THE JOURNEY ~ 83
Desert Destination ~ 85
The Darting Dots ~ 86
Singers Without Voices ~ 87
Vain Voyager ~ 88
Carpe Diem ~ 88
Hiraeth ~ 89
Children’s Conclusions ~ 90
A Bit More Than Four ~ 91
Longer and Slower ~ 92
From Light to Light ~ 93
Love Second Time Around ~ 94

RENEWAL ~ 95
Maranatha ~ 97
Dunamis ~ 98
Pausing in the Passing Places ~ 99
Feet Watching ~ 100
Fig Tree Fulmination ~ 101
Acknowledgments ~ 103


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