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Through Wintry Footprints

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JL
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0 posted 12-27-2011 11:29 PM       View Profile for JL   Email JL   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for JL

Through Wintry Footprints

Though the path is worn and old
and dreamy vine clutters evergreen bold.
I will not abandon that way
despite the weeds
and mossy mold…

For though a short while
I was with you
your love pressed into
and conquered my lonely-wounded soul…

And still, to this wintry day, I am fascinated by your smile
your thoughtfulness and passion in life,
your adoring expression in love
and insistent stance for kindness…

What I ask, what did you perceive
in me, and why would you have embraced
such a fool as I?
A con lurking about the days,
for sweetness such as you…

Me, idly peddling hours as trade
behind fully closed curtains
hiding the man with classless dreams of inventory
for my own fantasies…

Yet my heart knew
and its pleadings I ignored, I fell.
I would not regard your love
although I knew it was there
and I knew it was you…

Oh dear heart, if I could hold you,
just once more.
One more time,
wrapping my arms
around you
holding you tight,
I know
I would not be here…

If I could only hear you whisper
once more, you loved me,
I would not be here
on this cold winters evening,
walking this pathway,
thinking of you,
and retracing
frozen footprints
in the snow…






Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,and with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.
Maranatha!

© Copyright 2011 JL - All Rights Reserved
Margherita
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1 posted 12-28-2011 02:25 AM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Dear JL, you bare your heart in this poignant write, it is beautifully written, it holds melancholy, with a touch of bitterness, but hope too seems to have its rightful place, next to the everpresent feeling of love.

Margherita

Alison
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2 posted 12-28-2011 02:27 AM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

So plaintive and so beautiful.  Makes me want to walk along with you and just be on that path.

A
tracie66
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3 posted 12-28-2011 03:41 AM       View Profile for tracie66   Email tracie66   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit tracie66's Home Page   View IP for tracie66

WOW! powerful but beautiful, I really enjoyed this

Love is the life of the soul...
It is the harmony of the universe
                        — W. E. Channing


JerryPat2
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4 posted 12-28-2011 06:46 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

JL, you sound like someone I know quite well in this poem, moi! We, I have discovered with no help for the great quote, are out own worst enemies.

You have two choices in life:
You can stay single and be miserable,
or get married and wish you were dead.

Nicole
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5 posted 12-28-2011 08:00 AM       View Profile for Nicole   Email Nicole   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Nicole

I read poems like this, and although I know it's true...I think of:

"I hold it true, whate'er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all."

And I kind of want to sock Sir Tennyson square in the mouth, for thinking it up.  haha

I said one time you should post more, but when you do, you don't pull any punches.  This hurts my heart, JL.  I love this:

"For though a short while
I was with you
your love pressed into
and conquered my lonely-wounded soul…"

Bittersweet and beautiful
Lori Grosser Rhoden
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6 posted 12-28-2011 10:19 AM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

Precious write that brought my heart to my throat. Read your final lines through misted eyes. Well done JL bless your heart.


Lori
JL
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7 posted 12-28-2011 12:11 PM       View Profile for JL   Email JL   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JL

Margherita – Thank you for your kind words, and yes love is ever-present.
→→→→→→

Alison – I think I would better enjoy the walk with you there.  Thank you!!
→→→→→→

Tracie66 – Thank you for the nice reply!!
→→→→→→

Jerry – I think you have a great point with this.  Thank you sir.
→→→→→→

Nicole – Thank you for your reply.
Alfred Tennyson would probably chuckle
at your reply and say that this is no tale as his:
Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere, his
“maiden spring upon the plain.”

Thank you!!  It’s always nice to get a reply from you!!
→→→→→→

Lori – You always have something so nice to say.  Thank you!
Sorry for the misted eyes.

JL

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,and with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.
Maranatha!

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8 posted 12-29-2011 05:58 PM       View Profile for Paul Wilson   Email Paul Wilson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Paul Wilson

JL...I really could relate to this poem and in my mind that makes it very very good. Thanks so much for sharing my friend.I especially loved the ending...Paul

~~To share my poems with you is to share my heart with you~~
Paul

JL
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9 posted 12-29-2011 08:51 PM       View Profile for JL   Email JL   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JL

Paul, I am glad you could relate.  Thank you sir for your kind reply.

JL

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,and with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.
Maranatha!

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10 posted 01-16-2012 12:02 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

This literally brought tears to my eyes. I wrote a poem not so very long ago about a lonely walk of missing, but after reading this, I'm glad I never posted those lines, for they lack the beautiful heartsqueeze that these give... You write the ache of longing so poignantly that even someone who's never known loss would feel a twinge... and those of us who know just want to hug you and sog your shoulders with our tears.
JL
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11 posted 01-16-2012 03:00 PM       View Profile for JL   Email JL   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JL

Ruth, you sure know how to make someone
feel special.  I thought a way to a man’s heart
was through his stomach?
Please post that poem of yours ‘about a lonely
walk of missing‘  I bet it’s beautiful!!
Thanks for your kind reply.

JL

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,and with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.
Maranatha!

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12 posted 01-17-2012 09:24 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

My friend, I can assure you that tummy thing is myth... or maybe it's just me. *S* But... you asked, you receive, you see I spoke the truth! LOL

walk

Walk with me in winter’s wood
Telling me the things we would
Be for each other if we could
Be anything at all

Let me hear your dearest dream
Never fearing it will seem
A fantasy that’s too extreme
Or hope that is too small

In murmured conversations
We’ll share our aspirations
Pretending that limitations
Simply do not exist

Matching steps and clasping hands
Away from all life’s demands
The looks we're sharing with our plans
Are intimate as kiss

Bare limbs bleak against the sky
Cry of geese somewhere up high
Pierce fantasy. Suddenly I
Am out here on my own

Smiles and sharing? Just pretend
There is no one in attend
And loneliness will never end
Forever, I'm alone

JL
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13 posted 01-17-2012 09:31 AM       View Profile for JL   Email JL   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JL

Oh, wow.  Yours is much better than mine!!
Please post this.  It's a beauty!


"Bare limbs bleak against the sky
Cry of geese somewhere up high
Pierce fantasy. Suddenly I
Am out here on my own"

Love this verse!

JL

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,and with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.
Maranatha!

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14 posted 01-17-2012 01:29 PM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

this gave me goosebumps

beautiful!

Michael
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15 posted 01-17-2012 03:24 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

quote:
Me, idly peddling hours as trade
behind fully closed curtains
hiding the man with classless dreams of inventory
for my own fantasies…


This is a powerful piece, JL, cutting into the similiar path I tread.  I was moved deeply with this one.

Michael

JL
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16 posted 01-17-2012 05:48 PM       View Profile for JL   Email JL   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JL

Passing, I am so glad you stopped in to read; I always enjoy your feedback.
Thank you so much!

-----         -----

Michael, this is a good thing, having commonality.
We all have connections in our living.
Thank you sir!


JL

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,and with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.
Maranatha!

Honeybunch
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17 posted 01-17-2012 07:50 PM       View Profile for Honeybunch   Email Honeybunch   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Honeybunch's Home Page   View IP for Honeybunch

Another great poem, JL.  You write for many and very well too if I may say so.  Okay - sniff, sniff.
JL
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18 posted 01-17-2012 08:18 PM       View Profile for JL   Email JL   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JL

You are too sweet, Helen!
Thank you.

JL

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,and with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.
Maranatha!

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