Tribute to the children


You (little children)

Your poetry is fashioned of gossamer wings.
Ephemeral cotton candy strings,
sweet and melting in the mouth.
Fleeting, breathing not a sound,
but whispering sweet nothings.
With cadence and rhythm swings.
I put no price on such things.
I drink and drink
to fill my soul.
And sing with both eyes closed
inhaling the perfumed rose
that is your being
to me.

About rheaharmsen

Rhea Harmsen is a scientist, novelist and author of Language of the Spirit, a volume of selected poems. She has also released three novels, The Harvest of Reason, Intermarry, and God Created Women. Harmsen was born in a family with a black father and a white mother at a time when interracial marriage was still illegal in some states. Her parents gave her a vision of world citizenship that informs her writing and her lifestyle and has caused her to reject traditional views of race and gender. Harmsen's article "Science in the Hands of Women: Present Barriers, Future Promise" appeared in World Order in 1998 and provides the foundation for the story line for her novel The Harvest of Reason. She co-published the Monroeville Race Unity Forum Bulletin and authored many poems on racial topics, crystallizing the "conversation on race" in the novel Intermarry. Her work with domestic violence survivors in Puerto Rico inspired the novel God Created Women. Harmsen holds a doctorate in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently resides in Puerto Rico. Upcomming projects are described in her web page at
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1 Response to Tribute to the children

  1. Frances E. Klippel says:

    So beautiful and touching, Rhea ~~ thank you~~ love, Frances

    On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 7:57 AM, Rhea Harmsen

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