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VERSES: In the Park  

Jessica Griesmer 2014
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts
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In the Park by Gwen Harwood

She sits in the park. Her clothes are out of date.
Two children whine and bicker, tug her skirt.
A third draws aimless patterns in the dirt
Someone she loved once passed by – too late

to feign indifference to that casual nod.
“How nice” et cetera. “Time holds great surprises.”
From his neat head unquestionably rises
a small balloon…”but for the grace of God…”

They stand a while in flickering light, rehearsing
the children’s names and birthdays. “It’s so sweet
to hear their chatter, watch them grow and thrive, ”
she says to his departing smile. Then, nursing
the youngest child, sits staring at her feet.
To the wind she says, “They have eaten me alive.” 



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Jessica Griesmer

My name is Jessica Griesmer and I am part of the Hartford Union High School class of 2014. My major focus throughout high school was science courses, particularly those involving biology, as I am purusing a double major in biology and psychology at Winona State University in the fall of 2014. I take pride in excelling in school, holding high rank in my class as well as a membership in the National Honors Society. Along with a heavy course load at Hartford High, I participated in sports I had never previously attempted and involved myself with the Math Club. Volunteer work also kept me busy, helping out my church as well as my middle school, and even holding a position as a sophomore on the committee to help design the Young Adult section of the Jack Russel Memorial Library in Hartford, Wisconsin. I love to stay active by going to the local gym or playing a pick up game of any sport with some friends; football is the best and the Green Bay Packers are my favorite!


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