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The Sham

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H. Arlequin
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0 posted 09-17-99 02:00 AM       View Profile for H. Arlequin   Email H. Arlequin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit H. Arlequin's Home Page   View IP for H. Arlequin

The Sham


If we consider life a gift,
then why not death as well?
Or else to Him a shorter shrift
our actions' stories tell.
Is judiciously planning for you,
destroying that work the next,
capricious, futility to ensue,
Design in sane context?

Suppose we name this life, prayer,
and death we call, amen,
then faith becomes an active player,
whose fruit matures 'til, when
with unexplained largesse, He pours
into a raptured soul,
the sight of heaven's opened doors,
creation's final goal.

A shameless sham that death we fear,
each man in his own way,
when what He has by faith made clear,
immortal holiday!
No more hang back in sullen rage
despairing earthly toil,
your best is yet to come, engage
the eyes on heaven's soil!


--H. Arlequin
© Copyright 1999 H. Arlequin - All Rights Reserved
Michael
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1 posted 09-17-99 02:13 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

You have spoken something here I have believed all my life, H. Arlequin, but have never quite been able to put in words. And you have done very gracefully to boot.
Wonderful, wonderful piece. Many thanks to you.

Michael

[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 09-17-99).]
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Seymour Tabin
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3 posted 09-17-99 08:32 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

H. Arlequin,
Good job I enjoyed the read.
H. Arlequin
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4 posted 09-17-99 09:10 PM       View Profile for H. Arlequin   Email H. Arlequin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit H. Arlequin's Home Page   View IP for H. Arlequin

tx Michael, BrightLight and Seymour,

for your stopping by and the encouraging comments...

I appreciate them very much.

excelsior,


HA
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5 posted 09-27-1999 11:05 PM       View Profile for snow in summer   Email snow in summer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for snow in summer

I really enjoyed this one, even all the more so after reading the Eve poems. Shameless sham and shorter shrift are such great words together in the same poem. But perhaps the best is the last line of the first verse... wow!... what a play on words there!
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6 posted 09-28-1999 12:37 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Brilliant, HA! I thoroughly enjoyed this!

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Denise
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7 posted 09-28-1999 02:55 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Yes Indeed HA Brilliant!! enjoyed the read,

If we consider life a gift,
then why not death as well?
Good Question!!

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What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


H. Arlequin
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8 posted 09-28-1999 12:05 PM       View Profile for H. Arlequin   Email H. Arlequin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit H. Arlequin's Home Page   View IP for H. Arlequin

Tx DA, Denise, and snow
for your encouraging comments. I want you to know they come at a time when a thoughtful word was the perfect prescription for a case of the blahs. :-))))

ty ty ty

excelsior,

HA
 
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