Proverbs of My Seasons

Proverbs of My Seasons: Poetry of Transition by [Stanford, Pat]THE BOOK: Proverbs of My Seasons; Poetry of Transition.


THE AUTHOR: Pat Stanford

THE EDITORS: Saundra Kelley & Phil Marks.

THE PUBLISHER: DocUmeant Publishing.

SUMMARY: This is a collection of the many topics and events that naturally occur in a person’s life. There is a road travelled that is not necessarily a straight and easy one, which weaves through the seasons of life. Pat Stanford’s reflections are shared with you, the reader. A connection to be made? Or perhaps just a reflection of your own life made easier to visualize. Some are raw emotions, and some are written tongue-in-cheek; some are about the turbulence of youth written with a youthful perspective, and some show a more mature person. Some will make an immediate connection, and some may need to be read again.

Pat StanfordThe author meditates on love, friendship, nature, religion, personal identity, poetry in general, and some seriously fun things. Many of the poems are observations of other people at a park or the mall, and how they seem to relate to each other. Same holds true for the friendship poems – half seem to be from someone who lost their best friend, and that is just the observation of how friendships can go. Nature is observed in its many seasons from stormy summer weather to winter snow.

THE BACK STORY: I have been writing poetry practically since I could first hold a pencil. It always just seemed natural to me. My mother had several of those little clothbound write-in books filled with her poems. They were mostly simple little ditties, but she still had fun with them and wrote them, matching the ink color to the color of the cover. That is what poetry is to me—just having a bit of fun with words. I never laid claim to being a “serious” poet and I doubt mine are “for the ages” yet there are a few gems here, so say friends. Much of my poetry rhymes because I like the added challenge, and the fact that many of them came to me as songs back when I could still play the guitar. (Lopping off a fingertip stopped my career as a troubadour.) Most appear in quatrains, couplets, or similar formats, because that is the influence that most stuck with me, although I have been stretched a little by several local poetry groups where we explored new and obscure forms. I most like writing “off the cuff” as we sometimes do in our meetings, but I always go back and “mess with them” some more, simply because I can’t help myself. Here, I present thoughts on many topics written throughout my “seasons” of life. Some thoughts have changed along with those seasons and I may no longer embrace what was written in the same way. Rather than destroy some poems, I either left them totally alone to remind me how far I have progressed since they were first conceived or have edited them to be more contemporary. I sincerely hope you enjoy this collection.

WHY THIS TITLE?: It has been written that a Proverb is “The wit of one and the wisdom of many.” My hope is that my wit is worthy of the wisdom of the many who have preceded me.

WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? Most people like poetry in some form or another. While rhymed poetry is not the most popular form these days, I hope it makes a comeback.

Of course, songwriters might see a possibility of collaborating at some point. Many of them have had a tune attached to them at some point or another, since I originally was thinking of songs when I wrote them.


First Amazon Review:

Initially, when I began reading Pat Stanford’s poems, my heart ached. I thought that everything I was reading had happened to her and she was expressing her hurt. I had to stop for a couple of days and then logged on to read the synopsis of these poems. I learned that some of the poems were what she personally experienced in life, but some were strictly from observation of others. So, I dove in with a new perspective. Pat begins with poems that remind me of what I used to write in my diary in high school: Raw, unfiltered, teenage thoughts. It even brought back a couple memories of 9th grade. How someone can be your best friend one week and then not the next. My personal favorite was ‘Sky Beasts.’ I so often did this very thing. As I read on, the writing changed, and she took on a more mature view. I also learned that not all poetry has to rhyme for it to have merit. I enjoyed getting a glimpse into Pat’s thoughts. Sometimes when you think you know someone, and then read material they write, you get an entirely new opinion of that person. Great job, Pat!


Our modern society has been criticized for not honoring life’s many transitions with sufficient ceremony. Transitions are often limited to birth, graduation, marriage and death, but we undergo so many more events in our lives. They also mark changes in our emotions, personal growth, and shifts in our perspective about things from the grand to the mundane. Pat has created ceremony with her poems, honoring her transitions. Using rhyme and rhythm she provides insight into one woman’s seasons. — Linda Whitefeather

Cats Speak (feline poetry)


In this volume of poetry, Pat Stanford shares the uneven, and sometimes turbulent journey from youth to maturity. To read these mostly rhyming poems is to recall one’s own path through life. — Saundra Gerrell Kelley

The Day the Mirror Cried (poetry, and short stories from oral tradition storyteller’s tales)

Although I rarely read poetry, in reviewing this book, I recalled events from my many (more eventful than most) years which brought back strong memories for me, sometimes surprisingly similar and sometimes with new viewpoints. — Phil Marks

AUTHOR PROFILE: Pat Stanford was born in Philadelphia, PA. Her farming family moved to Delray Beach, Florida when Pat was one, looking for year-round growing seasons. She lived there until a brief stint in the Air Force took her to California.

She graduated Florida State University with a Secondary Education, which was never used for its intended purpose. She has other poetry published in several anthologies, and won second place in the 2004 Seven Hills Contest with her short story, Divorce Sale.

After being introduced to growing roses by her father, Pat created her own rose garden of photogenic roses. She served as President of the local rose society and is a bronze medal recipient with the American Rose Society.

Pat lives in Tallahassee, Florida with her husband, a rambunctious puppy and a quirky cat and is currently working on a novel as well as a follow-up to her gold medal winning Fixing Boo Boo; A story of Traumatic Brain Injury. She also has a ghostwriting service.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: It is a story of a family trying to help a brain injured person and not knowing what they don’t know, or what they are getting into. It is unique because it is my story, but it is universal in that many people who don’t understand brain injury may become aware.

I have partnered with the Brain Injury Association of Florida and the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association

SAMPLE: LOCAL OUTLETS: My Favorite Books, Midtown Reader and Downtown Marketplace in the Tallahassee Writers Tent

WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Author Website: Publisher Website: Amazon: Barnes and Noble:

PRICE: Print -$10.99 Kindle – $6.99.

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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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