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The Autograph Book

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The Autograph Book

Deep wine velvet shields your pages,
your shape is cut in diamond edge,
the old velvet softly shimmers
sitting on a lone shelf’s ledge.

The first page is shiny vellum
softly glistening, a gentle gleam
of old world softness, peaceful light
and within it holds some dreams.

Now young folk, come with me
and take a retreat to then
for we’re going back some hundred years
to visit some strangers and kin.

“October 20, 1880”
a young man boldly wrote,
“To Mrs. Maggie Oberer,”
and here I start to quote:

“Many Men of Many Mind
Many Birds of Many Kind,
Many Fishes in the Sea,
Many Men that Don’t Agree.”

His penmanship is masterful,
his mind has set the prose,
you can see just from his words
he speaks of what he knows.

Cousins were good friends then
the kind that could remember when
you were good, or you were bad,
for one be happy, the other sad.

In 1895 from one cousin to another
had this touching line to write
and by its stroke, so complete,
he kept it nice and light:

“When years and months have glided by,
and on this page you cast your eye,
remember ‘twas a friend sincere,
that left this kind remembrance here.”

Philosophy would spring replete
with feathery lines they’d grow,
from brother’s lines you would learn,
and in learning you would know:

“Be sure you’re right then go ahead,
Don’t mind what people say;
You’ve got a row that you must hoe,
So do it your own way.”

Even then there were some folk
who were envious for self-esteem,
read a line, or two, right here,
and you’ll see just what I mean:

“It is vain in life’s wide sea,
to ask of you to remember me,
undoubtedly it is my lot,
just to be known, and then, forgot.”

An entry from older sister dear
always made with life in mind,
so while strict, it came sincere,
with warm thoughts, loving kind:

“Do not think of wrong or evil,
You will find it if you do;
As you measure for your neighbor
He will measure back for you.”

‘Tis redundant to now say
that times have changed that much,
only that we type our poems
somehow missing that special touch.

©KRJ
21 October 1999


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Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

© Copyright 1999 Karilea Rilling - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 10-21-1999 09:30 PM       View Profile for LJA'sLorelei54   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LJA'sLorelei54

signing your autograph book!
good job!
SJW
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Very, very well written, Sunshine. Great idea.
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This is beautiful, Sunshine. Very entertaining!

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Denise
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4 posted 10-22-1999 10:18 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I was given an autograph book on my 10th birthday... and your poem reminds me so much of some of the entries... especially from my older relatives. Thanks for a great poem and a walk down memory lane!
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Great trip into the past....loved the subject matter of this piece!

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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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Loreli, 'Deer, denise, suthern & Pepper, thanks so much for taking a walk with me...going through old stuff gives us so much food for thought.
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Very nice sunshine...I really enjoyed this. Might I make one small suggestion? In the line
and within it holds some dreams
....what about something like
and within it many a dream
or
enfolded in it many a dream

not only would it change the flow of that line, but it would also make your rhyme a bit truer

Seymour Tabin
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Sunshine,
Wonderful poem, wonderful lines, wonderfully done. And I'll sign just Sy.
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Thank you Hoot, for reading, and for your suggestions; and thanks to you, Sy, for reading and commenting. I always look forward to hearing from you.
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10 posted 01-30-2002 11:22 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Karilea~
Here I was - archiving ...
stumbled on this delightful entry~
After the read ... I opened the cedar chest and took out my own 'autograph books' ...

Ooooooh, now I know I'll spend some time leafing though the pages~

Delightful find this morning~
*Hugs*
~*Marge*~

~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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