Space without Doors
Pat H. Fredeman
Spending anxious time healing time happy time
In the woods,
I never asked anyone, "Which way is in or out?"
Or "Where is the door?"
I knew north to the great oak
South to the pine grove nestlings
An eastward diagonal to the mottled sweetgum,
By the white sanded creek,
Then a circle westward
Even the lazy snake
I almost missed the adult web of pines -
And then my mother's imperious call
So I turned away from the oaks and pines,
Alive still the pristine covenant with Nature's spell,
Pat Fredeman has published numerous poems and some short, non-fiction pieces in various literary journals and magazines. She has done editorial work, given poetry readings, taught university literature and creative writing courses, and conducted community workshop courses for the regional branch of the National League of American Pen Women, of which she is a member. She has degrees from the University of British Columbia (M.A.) and the University of Oklahoma (B.A.[Phi Beta Kappa], Ph.D.[magna cum laude], Dissertation: Ben Jonson.
Ms. Fredeman's Christian Romance Paradise Regained will be available August 1999 from Gemini Books. Pat has recently completed a contemporary romance and a fantasy novelette and she tells us she is currently working on another novel.