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The Last Time

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Michael
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0 posted 10-02-1999 01:15 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Michael

THE LAST TIME

She stares into the mirror,
The make-up doesn't hide the pain.
Dinner's cold on the table.
Last night he said, "Never again".
The bruises in time will heal,
Yet how much more can one heart take.
Second in line to the bottle,
Waiting on the next promise he'll break.

It's 10 o'clock and still no word,
He doesn't even bother to call.
He'll come home drunk again tonight,
That's if he comes home at all.
And staring at the clock she knows-
The time has come for change.
When your realize you can't hurt any more,
The quiet confidence is strange.

And he comes in at half past three,
Looking for reasons to pick a fight.
He calls out her name in anger,
But it only echoes in the night.
He searches the house in a frantic-
While his temper rages on,.
Then sees the ring on the table,
Finally realizing she's gone

In his half-drunk stupor he remembers-
Putting his hands to her face.
He remembers the names he called her,
Then he remembers her embrace.
He remembers a day dressed in white,
And her beauty walking the aisle.
He remembers she was in this whole world-
The only thing that made him smile.

And he recalls the other women,
Though, now, he only wonders why.
For all he'd done to her he never thought-
She was strong enough to say goodbye.
How he played on her emotions-
With his lies so well rehearsed.
Last night she cried for the last time,
Tonight he cried for the first.

For my sister, Sherry.

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Michael Anderson

I could not love except where Death
Was mingling his with Beauty's breath -
Or Hymen, Time, and Destiny
Were stalking between her and me.
EAP





[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 10-02-1999).]
© Copyright 1999 Michael Anderson - All Rights Reserved
Lucie
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1 posted 10-02-1999 01:25 AM       View Profile for Lucie   Email Lucie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lucie

This was wonderfully written!! Thank you so much for sharing it.
hoot_owl_rn
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2 posted 10-02-1999 01:27 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

EXCELLENT!!! this is wonderful Michael, it is so well written
Pepper
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3 posted 10-02-1999 01:28 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

This touched me deeply Michael........

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May your days be filled with lots of sunshine and your nights lit up by golden moonbeams
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4 posted 10-02-1999 01:33 AM       View Profile for Dragoness   Email Dragoness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Dragoness's Home Page   View IP for Dragoness

Very powerful.May all battered women find this strength.

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Set you heart free and your mind will follow.
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5 posted 10-02-1999 04:50 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

WOW!
A stuttering WOW is all I can come up with Michael!
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6 posted 10-02-1999 06:19 AM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Way to rock Dark friend of mine. Nailed it you did.

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Now and forever my heart hears ~one voice~.
DreamEvilŠ

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7 posted 10-02-1999 07:54 AM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Michael, This is excellent, and so sad.
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8 posted 10-02-1999 07:55 AM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Michael, This is excellent, and so sad.
Marilyn
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9 posted 10-02-1999 11:25 AM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

Amen and Amen. That is all I can seem to say. Beautifully done.
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10 posted 10-02-1999 11:33 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

An incredible poem of love, strength and determination! Wonderful!
caroline
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11 posted 10-02-1999 11:38 AM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Michael, the way this hit me defies description. I echo Dragoness...
Excellent work.

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The only man worth your tears will never make you cry...
Mrs.Bigglesworth
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12 posted 10-02-1999 11:46 AM       View Profile for Mrs.Bigglesworth   Email Mrs.Bigglesworth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mrs.Bigglesworth

this is a very moving poem, the last two lines in particular. Lets hope this poem changes the lives of people who do not treat others right.
Thank you.
PhaerieChild
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13 posted 10-03-1999 07:45 PM       View Profile for PhaerieChild   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PhaerieChild

Michael, I have echoes of my ex reverberating thru my soul. I remember his wickedness very well and this is a great poem for anyone who wants to find the strength to just leave. The last two lines hit so close to home. I remember it well. Excellent writing!!

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If you love me like music, I'll be your song.
~Heart~ Dreamboat Annie

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14 posted 10-03-1999 08:37 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Fantastic! Fantastic - hope and despair all in one. Well done!!!!
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15 posted 10-03-1999 08:49 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Wow Michael, this made my eyes fill! It is funny somehow we find that strength. I know this poem only too well. I wish her the best, for she is strong! I hope better things come her way!
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16 posted 10-03-1999 11:19 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

Michael,
I'm betting you've touched more than can even respond...This poem almost leaves you without words.
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17 posted 10-04-1999 09:56 AM       View Profile for Iloveit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Iloveit

not sure what to say, sitting here crying, hard to put words to how much that touched me....really beautiful........
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18 posted 10-04-1999 10:00 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Michael: It's hard to type a response with both thumbs up in approval for a poem so well written *S*... It's hard to see the screen through tears...
JennyLee
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19 posted 10-04-1999 11:31 AM       View Profile for JennyLee   Email JennyLee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JennyLee

Michael...this makes me deeply sad.
How good you can put such words to something so horrible.

AS Always...Jenny
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20 posted 10-04-1999 05:37 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

Darkly triumphant ... may your words inspire those who need such inspiration to achieve their own triumph.

Nocht

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"Nunc lento sonitu dicunt, morierus"
(Now as I hear this bell tolling softly for another, it says to me, "Thou must die.")


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21 posted 10-04-1999 09:06 PM       View Profile for Tammy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tammy

Micheal,
Very powerful piece, I too found the courage to leave a very abusive man... that was over 10 1/2 years ago...
Good luck to your sister....
Tammy
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22 posted 10-04-1999 09:53 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Michael,
Well done and moving.
Starith
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23 posted 10-04-1999 10:48 PM       View Profile for Starith   Email Starith   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Starith

Alright Michael you have brought tears to my eyes...and I don't get teary often. This was a very beautiful piece. I could feel the emotion flowing through it. I loved it!

Star

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We are only truly apperciated after we are no more!

Dolphins3
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24 posted 10-05-1999 02:53 PM       View Profile for Dolphins3   Email Dolphins3   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dolphins3

Michael you did a beautiful job. Thank you for sharing.
 
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