Author Glenda Higgins: Story Teller Toes

Tell me your story

Old traveling friend

About orange trees

You have grown

For someone’s love



On approval

Starting with stepmothers

Who starve young boys

Leave long silences


For us to reflect

On what happened next

Or could have been

If things were different

Tell me your story


Trusting the caregiver

Who gives only greed

With our seeds grown orange

And round with need

In the child’s bright sun


Would it make more sense

To shut down shop

And never give out

And never to know

What to grow through


Oranges on trees

Made from new seeds

After all falls down

Breaking the trust

Leaving only rust


Let me reflect

In my tidal pool awhile

With cold water tickling

My child’s pink toes

When trees make shadows


On my inner woes

All mothers are steps

And some are so cruel

Where do they lead

On the way to school


And the long trip back

Going to market

With ripe orange fruit

And a song to boot

With story-teller toes


© Glenda Higgins

Glenda Higgins

Excerpt from the book “Poetry in Motion”

Glenda Higgins

About the Author 

Glenda spent her early work in libraries – ten years in various positions, including cataloguing, which launched her on a favorite pastime of reading everything under the sun.

 Her start as a poet surprised her. She took a poetry-writing course. Two hundred poems wrote themselves in a furious manner, in two weeks.  This led to performing poetry in cafes and on the radio and about three hundred more poems.

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2 replies

  1. you are an amazing writer Glenda.. loved this ..


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