“r-e-u-n-i-o-n” by Karen O’Leary

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first one
that enticed her
after years of stilted
honey…the homelike sing-along
drew her
the folk
music, a balm
of childhood memories,
rich in acceptance and warm zeal…
at home


Background for this poem:

The poem is a culmination of family reunions over the years. As a child, extended family reunions on my father’s side usually had some type of sing-a-longs. There were some talented musicians to lead us. With our printed music sheets people belted out folk songs. Off key or not people enjoyed the memories that went with the music. I enjoyed catching up with various people in the relaxed atmosphere.


Author Bio:

Karen O’Leary is a writer and editor from West Fargo, North Dakota. She has published poetry, short stories, and articles in a variety of venues including Frogpond, A Hundred Gourds, bear creek haiku, Shemom, Creative Inspirations and NeverEnding Story. She edited an international online journal called Whispers for 5 ½ years. She enjoys sharing the gift of words.


Find Karen’s Writing at:

Whispers journal


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Published by

Chrissy Hall (pen names: Nina Hall, Amarine Rose Ravenwood, Saoirse Fae, Mina Marial Nicoli, & Phoebe Grant)

Chrissy Hall is a writer who composes under a variety of pen names, each one specific to a particular genre: Amarine Rose Ravenwood is for her preteen, teenage, and young adult fantasy stories and feminine poetry - Saoirse Fae is for her fairy tales and fairy-tale poetry - Mina Marial Nicoli is for her children's stories and poetry - and Phoebe Grant is for her light horror fairy tales and her darker, Halloween-type poetry. As The Literary Librarian, she is committed to supporting fellow authors in every way she can, from author interviews to poetry hosting, to providing space for book promos and book advertisements, to referring authors to services they are seeking. She is also a content editor, copy editor, and proofreader.

9 thoughts on ““r-e-u-n-i-o-n” by Karen O’Leary”

  1. Dear Paul,

    Thank you so much for your kind words, my friend. Your support and encouragement are greatly appreciated.



  2. Reunions, especially family ones, are usually happy occasions which give us a chance to catch up with friends and loved ones. Most of all they provide lovely memories which we can fall on in later years. Your poem has been a pleasure to read, Karen. ~ Regards & Blessings … paul


    1. Dear Mary,

      Thank you for reading my poem and taking time to comment. Let me know if you have another poem published at this beautiful journal so that I can comment on it.



  3. Dear Amarine,

    Thank you for this beautiful publication of my poem. I feel honored to have my poems published at your beautiful journal.

    Wishing you the best with Literary Librarian and all your writing endeavors. What a blessing to share the gift of words.

    Smiling in North Dakota,


  4. Dear Gert,

    Just getting to my poem and you have already left a comment, my friend. Thank you so much for your kind words.

    I hope things are going well for you. I see you have a poem published since mine. Good to have our poems next to each other. Take care.



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