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The Woman In The Window

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hoot_owl_rn
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0 posted 08-04-99 10:04 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

(This poem was written about a year and a half ago, when after almost 14 years or so of not writing a thing, I finally started to write again...I think if I saw this woman today, I would not recognize her...that my friends is a good thing)

The Woman in the Window

I saw a woman yesterday
through a window pane,
tears were streaming down her face
like little drops of rain.

And the pain that I saw there,
in that woman’s face,
told stories of such sadness
no love could replace.

I stopped for just a moment
to watch her there,
her face full of sadness,
face full of fear.

Not a sound did she make,
she spoke not a word,
though all that she was thinking,
somehow I heard.

I understood her loneliness;
understood her pain;
I began to cry with her;
tears falling like rain.

I tried hard to turn away;
tried not to see;
It was then I discovered
that woman was me.

She wasn’t a stranger,
not someone to pass,
it was my own reflection
I saw through the glass.





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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
© Copyright 1999 Ruth Kephart - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 08-04-99 10:17 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Hoot: I'm glad that woman has faded into memory... you captured her pain so well.
suthern
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2 posted 08-04-99 10:17 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Ooops... got caught with a double post! *G* Sorry 'bout that.

[This message has been edited by suthern (edited 08-04-99).]
INclan
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3 posted 08-04-99 10:18 AM       View Profile for INclan   Email INclan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for INclan

Oh, I like this one!!! It reminds me that we all in fact go through tough times and carry things around with us. Thank you for putting your heart into this one.

INclan
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4 posted 08-04-99 10:19 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Really great idea sweets....I liked this one!
hoot_owl_rn
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suthern and Inclan.....thank you very much. I am glad this woman is a memory also.

Toerag...thanks for your comment, but sweets????

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
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RE:..."Sweets"....well, yassee, I'm an old country boy from Alabama....and some of the "Sweets"...."Sweeties"..."Yes ma'am and No ma'am's" just kinda stick with the vocab....sorry, didn't mean to sound anyway other than complimentary....
hoot_owl_rn
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Understood Toerag, just being a southern gent...all is well

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
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8 posted 08-04-99 10:40 AM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

I'm glad that woman is gone as well. I know the woman she became though, and she is definitely worth knowing.

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Devil...words can not express how much those few words meant to me, thank you does not seem nearly enough, but that is all I can say.....thanks!

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
Delores Hall
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10 posted 08-04-99 11:03 AM       View Profile for Delores Hall   Email Delores Hall   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Delores Hall

This was vey nice Hoot.Happy writing.
TSU325
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11 posted 08-04-99 11:38 AM       View Profile for TSU325   Email TSU325   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for TSU325

Great poem, Really heart felt
Tim
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12 posted 08-04-99 01:30 PM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim

I have come back and read this for the second time because your words stuck with me...
that is what poetry should do...

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Sally S.
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Though I mirror another's comment, I found this poem truly heart felt..and could even relate a bit. Nice work.
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Glad to know the view has changed and you have the knowledge to never look back, except to see what you don't want in this life. So many never learn the leason and keep going back. Well written Lady Hoot.
hoot_owl_rn
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Delorees, TSU325, and Sally...thank you very much for your remarks.

Tim...I'm glad my words stuck with you, this poem was meant to be haunting...more for my own benifit though, rather than that of the reader

Andrew Scott...look back or go back, that is two things I promised myself never to do. I read an article very soon after I walked out and left everything I ever knew behind...it said that the typical victim of abuse leaves the abusive situation an average of 7 times before they really leave for good (or my thought would also be find it too late to leave)...I promised myself I would never be part of that statistic

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
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16 posted 08-04-99 07:45 PM       View Profile for redwriter1   Email redwriter1   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for redwriter1

I look in the mirror.. everyday
putting makeup on
brushing hair.. that sort of thing

and I realize how little I really
"look" at myself.

I don't think I will ever look in a mirror the same way again.. (or window)

Very nice. errr sure I can't steal the idea for a song.. ??... (hint hint)

if not.. that's ok.. I loved it anyway.!
tori
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not recognizing that person that's looking right at us. in the mirror ..as if we took a trip to OZ in someone else body!!
very ... Wonderfully put... :-)
Oh... welcome home.
Thinking !!!
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Christopher
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Sometimes looking at yourself ccan be the hardest thing to do, more so if you are honest with yourself.
I'm glad you were able to look, and to SEE.

Beautiful poetry.

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LngJhnAg
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Hootessa

You are a lucky girl.
Alas, not the same with me.
When you look in the window,
A beautful woman is who you see.

I loved your use of two people merging into one. You did it with very nice timing.
hoot_owl_rn
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I blush at all the response to this poem. Thank you each and every one of you. I actually did not think this poem was that good in form, but was a good reminder to me of where I never wish to go again.

Redwriter....let's talk about it.

Longjohn, Tori and Christopher...thank you very much!!

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
Nan
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I've really enjoyed seeing you grow through this one, my friend - You've come a loooong way, indeed.....
hoot_owl_rn
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Nan, thanks that means a great deal to me.
Ruth

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
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I really enjoyed reading this wonderful piece of work, hoot! Thank you so much for making us all think about more than our reflection.

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~onevoice~

"She looked at her life
like lines, never-ending,
constantly forming,
reforming and bending."


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Even tho not quite a month old, I thought this was done well enough for another look-see by our newer members.

Well done, and glad it's over for you. New starts can be painfully sweet.
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