A Gift

for Lida Quillen


Pat H. Fredeman

What name she has I think I know.
Her mien is still a myst'ry though.
I cannot see her writing there,
Surrounded by a golden glow.

She cannot see me writing here,
As we approach the end of year.
No doubt she thinks it a mistake
And so I should a dunce cap wear,

For being just another flake,
For off'ring her a cyber cake,
Like scrumptious choc'late finely baked,
To wish for her a grand career,

As fine as Van Gogh's or Vermeer's,
To last for years and years and years;
To be rewarding as Shakespeare's
Blessed with forever flowing cheer.


Author Bio

Pat Fredeman has published numerous poems and some short, non-fiction pieces in various literary journals and magazines. She has done editorial work, given poetry readings, taught university literature and creative writing courses, and conducted community workshop courses for the regional branch of the National League of American Pen Women, of which she is a member. She has degrees from the University of British Columbia (M.A.) and the University of Oklahoma (B.A.[Phi Beta Kappa], Ph.D.[magna cum laude], Dissertation: Ben Jonson.

Ms. Fredeman's Christian Romance Paradise Regained is available from Gemini Books. Pat has recently completed a contemporary romance and a fantasy novelette and she tells us she is currently working on another novel.

Read more poems from Pat

"Space Without Doors",
"The Connoisseur",
"On the Authenticity of the Cat"



"A Gift" Copyright © 1999 Pat H. Fredeman. All rights reserved. Published by permission of the author.
This page last updated 1-9-00.

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