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The Glade (100 steps)

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LngJhnAg
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0 posted 10-06-1999 02:06 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for LngJhnAg

We made the rise in the late morning air,
Following a trail we'd found through the trees.
Our love of nature had drawn us here,
Two friends, one trail, you in the lead.

Most of my life I've loved the backpack,
So, it seemed natural that we'd be friends.
Two equals following each unbeaten path,
Just to see where the trail head ends.

We've been friends for quite some time,
Though, I'd never believed I could before
Consider a woman just a good friend of mine,
Without considering anything more.

And so, here we are, moving down through,
Swaying trees that frame our downhill run.
A breeze cools us and dries the dew
With the help of the late morning sun.

That's strange, you just distracted me,
Your hair changing colors with your stride.
We continue to move down through trees
Softly bathed in the shifting sunlight.

I shift my gaze to the trail again,
And resume matching your measured tread.
Strange. My eyes focus where your knees bend,
And not on the path instead.

Was it ten steps ago that I began to feel this way?

We come off the slope where the hill ends,
Just before us is a peaceful glade.
So we pause there, just us two friends,
In the dappled edge of the shade.

The emerald blades of swaying grass,
Softly beckon in the gentle breeze.
Accentuated with buttercups of brass,
Rising softly up to our knees.

That's strange. You just distracted me
As I helped you take off your pack.
I could hardly help in this state but see
Your breasts as you arched your back.

Was it 50 steps ago that I began to feel this way?

My hands slide up along your side,
As I lift your pack and then let it go.
Your smile catches me by surprise,
"There's a lake, I don't mind if its cold."

Your smile teases the corners of your mouth,
As you quickly slip off your clothes.
Standing in wonder, but still in doubt,
Was it only a hundred steps ago?

I join you in the crystal lake nearby us,
We playfully swim and splash in the sun.
Then we lay in the grass to let the breeze dry us
As we revel in the journey we've begun.

You roll to me and whisper my name,
Our first kiss makes me finally whole.
And in sight of God and without shame,
You take my mind, my body, my soul.

Was it really only a hundred steps ago
That being with you started changing my life?
I awoke to learn what you already know,
We are destined to be husband and wife.

The glade is there at the trail head's end,
Just downhill through the swaying trees.
Creating new lovers out of lifetime friends,
With its lake, its meadow, its breeze.
© Copyright 1999 Michael Waterman - All Rights Reserved
Poet deVine
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1 posted 10-06-1999 02:15 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

A perfect poem! I loved every 'step' of this one! Lovely imagery and theme! Can't tell you enough how much I loved it! Excellent, sir!!!!
Pepper
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2 posted 10-06-1999 02:16 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

exquisite piece LJA.....just beautiful.........

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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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3 posted 10-06-1999 02:35 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Ah, the pathways to Heaven, and the steps that took you there!!!
suthern
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4 posted 10-06-1999 03:01 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Bravo!!! Very well done, sailor!
Andrew Scott
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5 posted 10-06-1999 03:07 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Ah yes.... what a wonderful place it is. You captured it in brilliant colors and beautiful style. I proposed to my wife on such a hike in the back woods of our local mountains... standing upon a rocking outcrop. She likes to say that she got her rock upon our rock. Anyway... thanks for a wonderful journey.
Toerag
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6 posted 10-06-1999 03:18 PM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Great work my friend....as I've said in the past, you never cease to amaze me.....and I learn something new from you every day....like; I didn't even know sheep could swim?....but, seriously my dear friend, well done.....I've missed your serious side as well as the crazy one....Great job!!!
Starith
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7 posted 10-06-1999 03:28 PM       View Profile for Starith   Email Starith   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Starith

Beautiful poem...I'm glad I found this.

Star

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suthern
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8 posted 10-06-1999 03:31 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Ya mean that crystal lake was a dipping vat? LOL.
LngJhnAg
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9 posted 10-06-1999 09:07 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Belle - lmao@dip

Toe - sheep and swimming - that was great!

Thank you one and all for your gracious words.
Michael
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10 posted 10-06-1999 09:14 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Wonderful poem LongJohn, I must admit I am shocked to see the softer side of you, this was beautiful.

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Michael Anderson

When God puts a tear in your eye,
He puts a rainbow in your heart.


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11 posted 10-06-1999 09:19 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Beautiful hike!

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Denise
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12 posted 10-06-1999 09:22 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

~~~*Sigh*~~~ how absolutely beautiful!

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"Tread softly, for I have spread my dreams under your feet"~~William Butler Yeats
Alwye
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13 posted 10-06-1999 09:36 PM       View Profile for Alwye   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alwye

Awesome....you pulled me in for this entire, delightful journey into love. Beautifully written.

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*Krista Knutson*

Wise is he who faces the frailty of man with the strength of an understanding heart. -- Daniel L. Miller


Seymour Tabin
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14 posted 10-06-1999 09:52 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

LJA,
You really took a trip. Enjoyed the read.
Balladeer
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15 posted 10-06-1999 10:02 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

LJA, when you're on, you're on. This is as close to perfection as I'll see. Wonderful poem....one for the folder.
hoot_owl_rn
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16 posted 10-06-1999 10:59 PM       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!!! I am amazed by this piece. It is brillant in it's creation LJA. What a story you have told and what a perfect way to tell it. APPLAUDS!!
Iloveit
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17 posted 10-07-1999 09:48 AM       View Profile for Iloveit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Iloveit

don't know what I could say that hasn't already been said...so I will join in the applause great poem matey!
Nan
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18 posted 10-07-1999 10:47 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

LJA - This is nothing less than SUPERB - Give the guy a rest, and look what he comes back with....
WhtDove
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19 posted 10-07-1999 11:13 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

This was Awesomely Beautiful! What a delight! I really cannot explain, this was simply romantic. I truly enjoyed this. Beautiful imagery, perfection? Absolutely!
LngJhnAg
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20 posted 10-07-1999 06:17 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Thank you one and all for your accolades. I started writing this poem about a two months ago and then shelved it as work pressures heated up and as my muse took off for the Bahamas (or wherever it is that muses go when they betray us with their silence). I was going to spice it up with more explicit details, but I thought the details would have diminished the more important story - two friends becoming so much more than just friends. Chalk one up for my hopelessly romantic side.
 
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