Seeing Myself

Seeing Myself

Margie Lee



Except the cool mud and the vivid skies not yet faded
by summer’s sun?
And the fact that one minute it’s raining
and the next it’s sunny?
What can I tell you
about the people in shorts when it’s freezing
and that flu came late this year?
(Though it’s always at the same time.)
Little balls of snow piling up and then washing away
next to daffodil clumps and crocus popping
taxicab yellow.

You already know that daffodils come first
like horns announcing royalty.
They stand in a line and blare out the strong single notes.
No subtle harmony!
No trembling strings!
A solid note of confidence.

there is a spring.
And yes, we will rise up.


These poems .. have a pulse, a rhythm that takes them beyond the chopped-up prose that is often presented as poetry. The content, especially in the family section,Is often painful but it’s presented in a tough-minded way that is never cloying or maudlin.

John Kleinhans, Former president Of Woodstock School of Art, NY, author of An Image of Monhegan

Upcoming Events

January 31, at 2 PM Margie will read from her new poetry book Seeing Myself along with Mary Pacios who will read from her new memoir at the Friendly House 1737 NW 26th Ave, Portland, OR  97201.  Also art work, prints and drawings by Pacios and Lee will be on exhibit at Friendly House until February 28.


Come visit the Creative Spirit Show of Fine Art and Craft  at the Westminster Presbyterian Church February 14-23.  Margie will have five paintings available.  The show is open M – F from 10 am to 5 pm.  The church is located at 1624 NE Hancock Street, Portland, OR  97212.  Reception on February 14, 7 pm.  Jazz and Auction!


A one woman show of Margie’s acrylic paintings from March 28 to April 25 will take place at the Pioneer Chapel Gallery at St. James Lutheran Church with a reception for the artist April 19 where Margie will talk about her new work at 6 p.m.