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Darla Elaine Fitzgerald

Darla is a retired elementary classroom teacher of twenty-three years from Marshall County, West Virginia. Her main interests include the love of writing poetry and art. Darla presently resides in Belmont County, Ohio with her husband, Bill. They have two beautiful daughters and five adorable grandchildren

• Solemn Pledge
• Haven’s Summit
• Third Row - Second Seat
• With Cherries In The Middle
• Grow Great by Dreams
• Merry-Go-Round

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Solemn Pledge

The time has come
to unite as one.
One heart,
One mind,
One soul.
Awaken hearts to injustice
and preservation of
human rights. Acknowledge
and assume responsibilities.
Conscious choices create
indivisible powers.
Transformation and growth
beyond self. Connections to
every willing spirit,
every creature and
the universal planet.
Endeavors of generosity,
love and compassion
and brotherhood.
Elevate mankind to
a sense of direction,
higher purpose and
meaning of life.
Wisdom of the mind and
inspirations from within.
Service to
Our fellow beings,
Our nations,
Our planet.


Haven’s Summit

of the forest -
of the intuitive mind.
Branches of trees,
arms reaching the sky.
to a personal universe.
Streams of reflected visions -
Mirror to a higher self.
Forms of light -
Radiant energy guides,
directing one’s journey
toward a path of wisdom and
to purpose of life.
to the wind’s whisper
of each breath taken.
Mountains between thought
s, the unearthing of
peace and


Third Row -Second Seat

It’s all in the power of thoughts
Silent movies playing in the mind

The film of life, memories of the past
Transcending with the passage of time

Never-ending gift of possibilities
Unfolding on the stage of creativity

Visions of untold hopes and dreams
Recording the heartbeat of their revelations

Episodes of purpose and resolution
Reflecting the soul’s design of destiny

Genesis of thought, perceptions of spirit
Silent movies playing in the mind


With Cherries in The Middle

Upside down world served on a platter
Pineapple rings baked inside a cake

Black and white pictures hidden on pages
Colors painting them without a trace

Shoes slipped on the wrong two feet
Uncertain of which direction to take

Climbing a mountain to reach the top
Discovering below the valley of peace

Rivers flowing to higher energies
Connecting to oceans of all possibilities

Heart directing a symphony of nature
Orchestrating the silent space between thoughts

Life in harmony with the world
Pineapple rings on an upside down cake


Grow Great By Dreams

If I could run fast enough
I believe I could fly

Leaving the realities of the world below
Reaching far beyond life as it is known

Wings of aspirations soaring above clouds
Permission of dreams to come true

Galaxies only hearts and souls can discover
Creation of stars illuminating visions of the

I wish I would run fast enough
I believe I would fly



Calliope whistles and
the music plays.
Children race
to claim their steeds.
Painted favorites are
galloping and keeping time.
Sliding on their poles while
going up and going down.

Lonely, I stand
in a row of black ponies.
My legs are bolted to the floor
and I’m unable to run.
Wishing I was a painted favorite,
going up and down with time.
Longing to know
that I really matter.
Yearning for someone
to show me that they care.

Secret mysteries,
I dream each night.
Discovering the voice
of wisdom within.
Listen to your heart and
believe in your hopes.
the magical surprises of life.

Special purposes are
designed for your creation.
Fulfilling the plan
only you can do.

Afraid of
the up and down, painted horses.
A little girl rides a black pony
that is standing in a row.

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