Pat Fleming

About Pat Fleming

I grew up in Trenton, NJ. Irish and proud of it. I always enjoyed writing from the time I was just a kid, especially poems. I followed my calling and worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker for 36 years in the state facility in New Jersey. I retired 2 years ago and started writing more than ever. Most of my poems are on the Forum. Life is hard and writing is my way of coping. Never married or had children, my career and my patients were my life.

    Poems by Pat Fleming

  • Humanity

    • Published: April 22, 2019
    Acrostic Poem About Humanity

    in Compassion Poems

    Helping even when you're weary
    Understanding other's pain
    Managing to let hurt go
    And forgiving once again

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    • Rating 4.14
  • A Miracle To Behold

    • Published: April 13, 2019
    The Beauty Of The Ocean

    in Ocean Poems

    Seagulls soar above her surf,
    The sun reflects and gleams,
    While people come from miles around
    To stroll upon her beach.

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    • Rating 4.27
  • A Precious Christmas Memory

    • Published: December 24, 2018
    Christmas Tradition With My Dad

    in Christmas Poems

    In the damp, dusty cellar, surrounded by boxes,
    Our excitement just grows without measure.
    Searching and sorting with loud shouts of glee,
    As we uncovered the grand Christmas treasure.

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    • Rating 4.33
  • The Hands Of A Warrior

    • Published: December 3, 2018
    A Poem About Growing Old

    in Aging Poems

    Purple veins strain against the skin.
    Pale, translucent, paper thin.
    Skinny fingers clawed in monstrous shapes,
    Brown spots from years that she can't erase.

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    • Rating 4.46
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    Loved your poem, sister Patty. I will never hide my hands again. Added your poem to my favourites. God Bless.

  • The Outside, Wondrous World

    • Published: December 3, 2018
    The Joy Of Being Outside

    in Beauty of Nature Poems

    The world outside is a wondrous place,
    Filled with many miracles to see.
    It's a place to hear and smell and feel.
    It's a place so unfettered and free.

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    • Rating 4.33
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  • Pat A. Fleming, Trenton, NJ
  • 9 months ago

Thank you, Paul, for taking the time to read my poem and for your kind compliment. I agree with your thoughts about this world. Sometimes people are so self-absorbed and superficial that there is nowhere to go to really talk about our fears and feelings. That's where I depend on my poetry to release my thoughts and feelings. Thank God there are people like you out there who take the time to really think and deeply care.

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  • Pat A. Fleming, Trenton, NJ
  • 9 months ago

You are a brave girl, Janna, and I am so proud of how you fought those feelings and reached out for help, which is not easy sometimes. God will always use people to help us, just as he did your Church Pastor. God did that for you because he loves you and has a great plan for you, something that only you can do for Him. You are sweet for reading my poem and letting me know it helped you. I will keep you in my prayers, and remember you are very special and important to God. Don't ever give up because that would be a terrible loss to this world. You take good care of yourself!

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  • Pat A. Fleming, Trenton, NJ
  • 10 months ago

Katie, I read one of your poems and liked it so much that I had to read them all. You are an amazing poet, and your scores really don't reflect how exceptional you are. This poem is just wonderful, sad, but so well written with a message that is so very true. Keep writing because you will only get better and you are already a pro.

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  • Pat A. Fleming, Trenton, NJ
  • 11 months ago

This is a wonderful poem that really provides such a descriptive insight into what a person suffering from mental illness endures. I love the rhythm and rhyme of your poems and the simplicity with which you express yourself. I had to read the rest of your poetry because I liked this one so much and you have a truly amazing talent. I love the form of your poems, and each one tells a different story in that simplistic but truly powerful way that clearly expresses that particular feeling. I look forward to reading your other work.

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  • Pat A. Fleming, Trenton, NJ
  • 1 year ago

I am so sorry for what you have been through, but your wife's need to go in another direction does not diminish who you are and what you have to offer as a person. Getting old stinks, but desperately trying to keep the inevitable from happening is a tiresome and fruitless effort. Let your wife do that. You accept who you are and be proud of who you are because of your age. You gave the world 4 wonderful human beings, and that is no easy task. Let your wife go and maintain the dignity of what your experience in life has given you. Don't be angry or bitter. We've been through enough. It's time to give ourselves the right to relax and let it all go. That's a good thing!

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