Poetry by Esther Lazarson
Esther was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, and brought up on English Literature. A huge admirer of Ernest Dowson, her favorite poem is NON SUM QUALIS ERAM BONAE SUB REGNO CYNARAE .
Esther has been writing poetry since she was 69 and hasn't stopped since!
Esther is now 91 and her book 'Everyday Poems for Everyday People' was published on Amazon when she was 89.
Please find two of Esther's favorite poems that she has written, Ode to Laughter please click for the video and 'What a Relief'.
Ode to Laughter
Laughter, dear essential laughter
You have no power to lift
The grief of parents whose young ones
Scarce-weaned, are killed in battle.
You have no power against the hurt
That attacks when loved ones are lost
By nature or by murderous hands.
Laughter, you have your limitations.
But, when it comes to the dribs and drabs
Of every day, you are mighty.
I had a thought while standing at the sink,
In marriage, men are the providers,
In marriage, women are the deciders.
I roared my head off in admiration
At my brilliant rhyming insight.
This was drinkless intoxication.
The sparing couple look at each other,
Burst out laughing, forget their fight,
Those alone and lonely feel less deprived
When your presence sparks delight,
And if my mood hurts like a wound,
Your merry-go-round gives its healing start.
You are born when a babe first smiles
And vanquish boredom till we depart!
Esther Lazarson November 2013
What a Relief
I had a dinner I didn’t make
At the Hamilton Senior Centre
It wasn’t halibut or steak
It was vegetable lasagna
My mouth had a happy surprise
So many different flavors
A meal more tastier and more healthy
Than my best endeavor
So thank you, Hamilton Senior Center
For your thoughtful invitation
For two dollars I can have a banquet
In good company and with conversation
Esther Lazarson July 2014