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Memories Of Riding For The Brand

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icebox
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in the shadows


0 posted 03-19-2008 09:59 PM       View Profile for icebox   Email icebox   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for icebox




In odd stray moments of forgetfulness,
alone here in my kitchen
while cooking for the children
an act on which my soul always seems to thrive,
any common scent or taste
unexpectedly
may throw a switch,
may strike a spark,
may lay to waste soft complacency;

suddenly I find I am exposed
thoughts encircled by barbarians
with torches of reality tied like tinder
thrown to light some dusty room
stocked with jumbled spice of hidden memories,
dried karma hanging like herbs in early times
when it was hard to stay alive,
flickering scenes that drag the nagging itch
of sad responsibility
out from underneath debris,
memories like debts,
tattered receipts and betting slips
left in scattered hurried vacancy,
scars of oldest crimes
roused from dormancy to wakefulness,
bitter taste of disappointing times
like stealing food to eat
or the constant weight of owning
killings to survive;

standing in a flash of mind
I'll brace in frozen judgement
delivered when acceptance
grabs the soul's equivalent of core strength in the body,
my body that must now begin again
finding balance,
simple movements starting in a force of will,
and return me to the simple presence of my life
in this kitchen
where today I'll feed my children,
without offering reparation
without asking for redemption,
and pray silently for them their lives of honest joy.


2008 by icebox

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serenity blaze
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1 posted 03-19-2008 10:10 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

You just floored me, Charly.

wow

If you'd have mentioned the Glenn Miller, I think you would have frightened me a little.



Nice pic, too....all this and a distinguished gentleman too!

<--hadta do it.

And ohhhhhhhhh my, I understand the inclination of little girls at least trying to play Sharon Stone!
Edder
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2 posted 03-19-2008 11:07 PM       View Profile for Edder   Email Edder   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Edder

One by one they surface, and I'm reminded why I called this place home...
Marchmadness
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since 09-16-2007
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3 posted 03-20-2008 02:47 AM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

So glad to see you back Ice, and with such a stunning piece. You're the best.
                                     Ida
Margherita
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Eternity


4 posted 03-20-2008 09:03 AM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Oh, Lord of Heavens!
I'm in a hurry, but will be back again, to savor this slowly!
I wanted you back and here you are.

Love,
Margherita
effjayel
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At the Crossroads of Infinity


5 posted 03-20-2008 03:05 PM       View Profile for effjayel   Email effjayel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for effjayel

Icebox, this is awesome, thanks for posting & it's going in the library     John
Margherita
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6 posted 03-20-2008 07:12 PM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Back. I'll leave a tear here ...

and also a smile ... for your depth and your beauty.

Terrific new pic too! But your eyes' talk is secret now.

Love,
Margherita
Midnitesun
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Gaia


7 posted 03-20-2008 08:07 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

"with torches of reality tied like tinder
thrown to light some dusty room
stocked with jumbled spice of hidden memories,
dried karma hanging like herbs in early times"
Oh, move those other writes over to make room for this! What to say, that hasn't been said before, dearest man.
Your pen absolutely overflows with truth and reality.
Honeybunch
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South Africa


8 posted 03-21-2008 03:59 PM       View Profile for Honeybunch   Email Honeybunch   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Honeybunch's Home Page   View IP for Honeybunch

Charly - You write and I read, sigh, cry and smile.  Sometimes one at a time and at other times all together.  Am sighing with understanding at this write.  You look deep ... when cooking!  
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9 posted 10-08-2010 06:56 AM       View Profile for Cpat Hair   Email Cpat Hair   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cpat Hair

powerful....
you always capture something "more" in your writing that I can't describe.
 
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