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0 posted 11-20-1999 08:52 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

The Silent Patron


There was once a young lady
who dearly loved to read prose
and only city libraries and family dens
held her love in books - thus she goes
there to read, and take in words of love
she read what she felt, or was thinking of.

She would read deep into the night
allowing others’ words to give her flight
from daily chores, family, wars,
allowing a reprieve from old scars;
in philosophies of young or old
all she read, to her, were words of gold.

She grew older, but stayed well-content
in hours of reading as was her bent,
she valued great the time she spent
in the poetry she read, ah yes, content.
Then one day, when computers became “real”
she went to one, to see how it would feel.

Thus this woman found another world
and images and sound past her hurled;
dizzying, a bit frightful, but she sat in
at some things she laughed, at others, chagrined.
But one day, in her search she found
a place, a site, where [gasp] great poetry abound!

Online poets, who would have thought...
and best of all, nothing to be bought.
She found a world wherein she could read
at her safe leisure, no need for speed.
And best of all, there was wonderful interaction;
in this she could perceive the poets’ reactions.

She read their works, then she read their minds
in all the love spent, in the ways they’d unwind;
she witnessed friendship, she would see some sparks,
“funny how the tail would wag, while the dog barked...”
and one day, she did quite an amazing thing
she responded to a poem that made her heart sing.

“I like what you did” was all that she said
giving the poet a thrill, you bet that she did.
A thank you was received, thus her spirits grew,
she responded to more poets, their words that she knew,
and soon she began on a curious embark
her words gave encouragement, she was like a spark.

Now, she doesn’t write poetry herself, heavens no
she’d rather just read, and see friends’ souls grow
she is the poet’s delight, this, the faithful reader,
She, the Silent Patron, we need to keep her.
And if you’re reading, and if you’re a him,
everything can relate to you, for you’re a gem.

{*,~}

To all Poets at Passions, this is dedicated to our faithful reader, Pepper, and other readers like her, who encourage us, help us, guide us, and light our spark of creativity.

©KRJ
20 November 1999


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

© Copyright 1999 Karilea Rilling - All Rights Reserved
Elizabeth Santos
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1 posted 11-20-1999 08:58 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Sunshine, You've pulled some heartstrings here, from this almost silent patron, who loves to read the poets' minds.
Elizabeth
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2 posted 11-20-1999 09:16 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Elizabeth, this is as much for you, as it is for Pepper, as you have made my heart sing at your delightful commentaries on my posts, as well as others. You are a gift to Passions. Thank you.
Pepper
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3 posted 11-20-1999 09:46 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Sunshine....the many, many happy hours that I spend here reading and (loving every minute), digesting all the great works to be found here have become a most rewarding and stimulating part of my days.You, the poets, take me to places I could never have found anywhere else.The smiles, the tears I've shed, the profound thoughts I have pondered, the storytelling I've so enjoyed, the dark passions and the praises to our God; all of these and much more too, I consider a priceless gift that you have given to me and anyone else that has been fortunate enough to find their way here....
You keep on writing, and I'll keep on reading........and thus, a wonderful partnership has been born.


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A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extraordinaire!

Seymour Tabin
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4 posted 11-20-1999 11:11 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Sunshine,
You have sailed into a poets port.
It is a port where hearts are caught.
Beautiful poem
Sunshine
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5 posted 11-20-1999 11:30 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Pepper, you are so right - 'tis a wonderful partnership...

Sy, "sailed into a poets port..."! What a wonderful line. I hope you do something with it...I would expect something soon...lovely! And thank you!

[This message has been edited by Sunshine (edited 11-20-1999).]
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6 posted 11-20-1999 11:39 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

Sunshine - The joy in knowing that someone reads and enjoys what we write is the delight that rests in every poet's heart.
Thanks ... and you just inspired me ... and I'll post one with you in mind. ~Marge~

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7 posted 11-20-1999 11:45 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Marge - take my food, and make a feast. Cannot wait to see what you post...Sunshine
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8 posted 11-20-1999 12:34 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Wonderful poem Sunshine!
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9 posted 11-20-1999 02:42 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This is wonderful, Sunshine! A great tribute to the poet and poetry lover alike! To Pepper and all the other readers out there, thank you!




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Denise

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10 posted 11-20-1999 04:21 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Martie, denise, Rock on!
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