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0 posted 08-12-99 04:28 PM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Toerag

This is not my work...(It actually makes sense)...but Poet D-Vine's last poem made me think of this, and, since I've been feeling sorry for myself all day...thought this was great...and it makes ya think!

She recognized the wrapping as she took it from the drawer,
She'd been with her sister when she bought it many years before.
She unwrapped the tissure paper and fingered the finespun lace,
And as the memories flooded back she pictured Kathy's face.

She'd bought the slip during a trip about ten years ago,
And she paid a fortune for it, I was there and I should know!
It was pretty and expensive, and I often heard her say..
She was saving it for "special, it's too nice for everyday!"

We were at Kathy's apartment, and were sorting through her things,
Trying hard to find some meaning in the shock tragedy brings.
A lot of clothes for charities were piled up on the bed,
And a pile for the mortician at the corner of the spread.

Harry took the flimsy slip and held it for a while,
Then he placed it very gently on the small "mortician pile."
He slammed the dresser drawer shut and he spoke, angry, and numb...
"Forget special occasions, Sis, to-morrow may not come!"

I thought about those angry words through the sad weeks ahead,
And all those things "for special days" laid out on Kathy's bed,
..The places that she'd never been and things she'd never done,
Because she couldn't find the time to do things just for fun!

I still think about those eight words, and how they've changed my life,
Though many years have faded since that time of pain and strife.
These days you'll find me reading more, and dusting somewhat less,
I never did like housework much, I really must confess.

And there are things more crucial than to polish silverware,
To press the sheets and bedclothes and the children's underwear.
And dusting round the cornices and behind all the books,
'Cause it really doesn't matter, and no one ever looks!

I can write old friends the letters I was going to write "someday",
And silence that small nagging voice that has so much to say,
Or maybe mend some fences for some harsh words that I said,
To-morrow might be too late, for I could just wake up dead!

I may laze on the patio, and gaze up at the sky,
And watch the big jet aeroplanes and fluffy clouds roll by,
I don't want to do it "sometime", because fate may not allow.
If it's something that's worth doing, then I want to do it now!

We don't save our best bone china for those "special events",
'Cause every day is special, now that we have found some sense,
And if I wake to-morrow, even if the skies are gray,
I'll rise and put on my best smile, 'cause it's a special day!
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1 posted 08-12-99 04:34 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Toerag: Whoever wrote it wrote words to ponder... and then act upon! I'm glad you posted this... and glad you make every day a special day! *G* SMOOCH! (ya shoulda known I'd get that smooch in somehow! LOL)
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2 posted 08-12-99 04:37 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Toerag, I saw this in prose some months ago, and you have done a fine job putting it into poetic phrase. Well done, sir!

Words will always express our feelings true. ~~~ KRJ
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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