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Michael
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0 posted 09-16-99 08:51 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Michael

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

The greyhound rolled into the station,
Memphis, Tennessee.
It wasn't my destination,
Still, something there seemed to call me.
Coming back from my vacation -
In Washington D.C.,
I knew she must be there, somewhere,
Waiting, watching for me.

So I stepped on down from the coach,
A Washington rose in hand.
There, I waited on her approach,
Knowing only she'd understand.
But time sped up as the rain fell,
The cold air cast it's chill on me.
My flower seemed to lose it's spell -
In Memphis, Tennessee.

"Now boarding for L.A."
I heard the loud speaker call.
Thunder peeling away -
Any hope left at all.
I stepped back to reality,
Leaving my dreams there on the chair.
A fading rose in memory,
The only evidence I was there.

Heading into a blaring sun -
Where I know nothing waits for me.
Towards the east the shadows run -
As I run west from Destiny.
Away from that special someone -
I know is meant for only me.
Yes, still I feel she's there, somewhere,
In Memphis, Tennessee.
© Copyright 1999 Michael Anderson - All Rights Reserved
Toerag
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1 posted 09-16-99 08:59 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Wow Mike...really shows class....(Not that I'm a great person to know "class"....but that's fantastic!
hoot_owl_rn
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2 posted 09-16-99 09:05 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Wow.....I really liked this one Michael. I hope your visit with the other poets was inspirational and sorry to hear this woman of your dreams was not there to meet you. Perhaps you should have got off the bus somewhere in PA

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"In the depths of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer" ~Albert Camus

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3 posted 09-16-99 09:06 AM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Michael,
Glad to see you made it back safe, and sound. This poem is wonderful, I wish you had met your destiny in Tennessee, but know this, she also lost out on meeting the wonderful person that exists in you. Stay strong, our destinies have a way of seeking us out.

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Sometimes we have to follow a stronger voice, even if it's silent.


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4 posted 09-16-99 09:30 AM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

Okay girls....back off & keep your pantyhose on - he's not stopping off anywhere but here - with me! he he he

Seriously though, I logged on this morning and really wasn't expecting to find any trace of you, but then there you go again.....saying just the right words to make me want to throw everything down, and run out into the streets naked, screaming your name and running after you !!! How do you do it ? I sat here frozen - when I saw the title...I knew....I knew you'd say something that would make my heart stop....the whole poem did just that. I'm holding back the tears ( and the girls ) as I read this...what do I say...what CAN I say....except I wish I would have been there. Gotta go now - I'm getting my keyboard all slippery with tears. Miss you Michael. Hurry home.

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I beckon you to come...I lure you with my tongue... - poet FemmeFatale


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5 posted 09-16-99 10:07 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Well, now.... What can I say about this one??
Gee.. what a wonderful poem..

Better yet, how about - THIS IS A GREAT MAN - and any girl in their right mind best grab him while she can - (and don't be jealous that I got to spend the weekend with him)...He's handsome, kind, passionate, sweet - capable of making the sun rise in the west - very much like another special friend of mine....
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6 posted 09-16-99 10:11 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Very poignant... well done!
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7 posted 09-16-99 10:22 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Wow this was Awesome! Very well done. The rose on the chair just sticks with me. Very nice!
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8 posted 09-16-99 10:29 AM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

Oh Nan, your words are enticing like a hot fudge sundae on a "no fat" diet !! Eeegads, you sure know how to make a woman feel like she's standing next to a prince with a thick wall in between them.....(sigh) And yeah, I am jealous you got to spend the weekend with him !!! I'm still pulling my hair out that I didn't get my rear in gear and go......I seem to be making many mistakes of late. Story of my life....(sigh again)

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I beckon you to come...I lure you with my tongue... - poet FemmeFatale


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9 posted 09-16-99 10:39 AM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

This entire poem played out in pictures in my mind...awesome. I really enjoy your work.



PFF---*LOL* You sound like me, girl..always a day late and a dollar short. (Now don't even go there about my being one beer short of a six-pack either...heheheh)

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The only man worth your tears will never make you cry...
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10 posted 09-16-99 11:01 AM       View Profile for MissQ   Email MissQ   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for MissQ

I love this one....live just outside of Memphis...caught the title and had to read...really really good !!
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I'll wait to see what happens here...

HUGS

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You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

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12 posted 09-16-99 01:56 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Femme - I got to spend the weekend with him, too. He's not so hot - I didn't want to sleep with him for even ONE night! lol - He is a pretty terrific guy, though, and I enjoyed meeting him.

Michael - This was great! I hope you had a good ride home and got there ahead of schedule. Take care of yourself and get back on that bike!
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13 posted 09-16-99 02:15 PM       View Profile for Iloveit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Iloveit

great poem, and toe is right, lots of class, *joins the cheering section* hope the best for you two!
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14 posted 09-16-99 03:06 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Chasing dreams is what we do
But dreams can oft deceive.
How sad the times we cannot tell
The truth from make-believe.

I wish I had a magic eye
To help me fully see
The truth for what it really is
Instead of fantasy.

There is a lesson to be learned.
The lesson goes like thus;
Keep chasing dreams where they may lead
But don't get off the bus.
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wow 'deer that is profound, makes you think huh?
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16 posted 09-16-99 03:15 PM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Mike....ya gotta admit..you got some great compliments on this one man.....From some great poets.....Even Nan?....I've never gotten anything but negative responses from her.....and I can understand why......but you are good...really good!
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17 posted 09-16-99 03:17 PM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

Oh Balladeer, you're such a sour puss !!! Michael was stopping in Memphis anyway, and we had only briefing spoken of the idea of "what if"....I did not stand this man up, that's for sure !! We had decided not to meet so soon. He's only trying to make me feel "bad", he says..... I may be a fantasy, a dream, but I am not make-believe. I am all woman, sensual & loving..and certainly not crazy enough as to let him get away for good !!!!! Meet me in the back room if you want to duke it out, boy! Appears Floyd didn't beat you up enough, and you're begging for more !!!! ROFLMAO Now, if you'll excuse me....(straightening out skirt & tossing hair!)

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I beckon you to come...I lure you with my tongue... - poet FemmeFatale


Michael
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18 posted 09-16-99 03:21 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

You're absolutely right Toerag, I am actually quite humbled by all the attention this one has drawn (especially considering the calibur of the responding poets) I thank all of you.

Oh, and Balladeer, great response but if I had it to do over...well I'd probably be writing another sad poem right about now.

Michael

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19 posted 09-16-99 05:19 PM       View Profile for miriam   Email miriam   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for miriam

I'm about to cry cause i don't have any idea what all of you people are talking about!!! Someone please teach me how to get an ICQ!!!!
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20 posted 09-16-99 08:56 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Michael, this is absolutely beautiful! It's one of my favorites, I must say!

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Denise
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21 posted 09-16-99 09:03 PM       View Profile for Isis   Email Isis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Isis's Home Page   View IP for Isis

Michael, well done, I absolutely love it.You are not alone in missing out, she did too.
Thanks for posting the poem, it was great!!

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Words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.
~Isis~


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22 posted 09-16-99 09:17 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

A long sigh from this lonely heart. Magnificent Michael... you never know what lay's 'round the next corner though...
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Magnificient. You know how to tell a story! May you be able to present that rose in person some day!
 
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