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Message In A Bottle (repost from eons ago...well, perhaps not eons)

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hoot_owl_rn
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Message In A Bottle

A message in a bottle
Upon the open sea
Set to sail some years ago
Found its way to me

Upon the open sea
Where winds and currents play
Its course so unpredictable
It came to rest one day

Where winds and currents play
‘Midst waves, storms and debris
Left to the deep blue oceans whims
It found its way to me

‘Midst waves, storms and debris
It washed upon the shore
The message in a bottle
Sent several years before

It washed upon the shore
The letter safe and dry
And when I started reading it
I couldn’t help but cry

The letter safe and dry
It told a haunting tale
“My dearest Ruth...” it began
My breath caught, my face went pale

It told a haunting tale
In writing I knew well
He promised he’d come back real soon
The day that he set sail

In writing I knew well
I read his final note
He’d run into a storm at sea
Where the waves they’d sunk his boat

I read his final note
In a letter meant for me
“I know I promised I’d be back
But it seems I’ll die at sea”

In a letter meant for me
“Please forgive me,” the words said
“I won’t be coming back to you
By tomorrow I’ll be dead”

“Please forgive me,” the words said
“You know I loved you so
But I’ve drifted here for days on end
And now it’s time to go”

“You know I loved you so
My dear I always will
And when I shed this mortal shell
I will love you still”

“My dear I always will
Remember our true love
I’m looking forward to the day
When we both meet above”

“Remember our true love”
How those words they spoke to me
As I shoved the note into the bottle
And threw it out to sea

How those words they spoke to me
There standing on that shore
I’d thought he found another love
Those many years before

There standing on the shore
As I began to cry
I watched the bottle drift away
And finally said goodbye

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"When you come to the edge of the light which is all you know. And are about to step off into the darkness that is unknown...Faith is knowing one of two things will happen...there will be something to stand on...or you will learn how to fly." -Unknown




[This message has been edited by hoot_owl_rn (edited 12-03-1999).]
© Copyright 1999 Ruth Kephart - All Rights Reserved
Severn
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1 posted 12-03-1999 06:52 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

I love this - I'm sure I remember reading this 'way back then' (it does feel like that doesn't it?) Hugs my friend - and lots of thoughts. K
Marge Tindal
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2 posted 12-03-1999 07:05 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

Ruth - I didn't see it 'eons' ago ...
so I'm glad it's here now.
It is beautiful. I have placed many
messages in a bottle and thrown them
out to sea ... one day I hope to hear
from someone who found my message.
Thank you for this delightful read.


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Nan
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3 posted 12-03-1999 07:09 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

I loved it then and I love it now, Ruth.... sometimes our own words are the ones we need to remind ourselves of.....
hoot_owl_rn
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Thank you Severn, Marge and Nan....for all your kind words
WhtDove
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5 posted 12-03-1999 10:12 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

I don't remember reading this one. But I'm glad I got the chance this time! Sad and touching too.

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Poertree
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6 posted 12-03-1999 05:20 PM       View Profile for Poertree   Email Poertree   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poertree

Thanks Ruth another very lovely poem ..

Philip
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7 posted 12-03-1999 05:34 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Hoot,
Yes I remember this and was impressed.
I liked it then and like it now.
And you can post it once a year
Just on his behest. *L*
Ohme
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8 posted 12-03-1999 05:59 PM       View Profile for Ohme   Email Ohme   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ohme

This one brought tears to my eyes Hoot.
hoot_owl_rn
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Thank you everyone
Marilyn
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10 posted 12-03-1999 10:30 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

I did not see this one the first time round. I am glad I was able to see it this time. Beautiful my friend. Simply beautiful!
poetFemmeFatale
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11 posted 12-04-1999 08:58 PM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

Oh Ruth, I love this like you wouldn't believe! I hadn't seen it either, and am so glad I found it now! Loved the graphics too !
Oh....my heart is just sobbing......**clapping loud!

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- - - If I can just touch you once, then I feel I have accomplished what I am called to do....- - pFF
hoot_owl_rn
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Marilyn and PFF...thank you both so much
Denise
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13 posted 12-05-1999 04:40 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This is beautiful, Ruth! It had the same impact on me now as it did the first time I read it! *tears* Soooooo touching!

 Denise

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14 posted 12-05-1999 05:05 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Hoot: I can't remember seeing it before, but it has so much emotion..

HUGS

 Yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream...

Pepper
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15 posted 12-05-1999 05:59 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

So moving Ruth.....Thanks for posting it again...it is truly a beautiful piece...  

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


hoot_owl_rn
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Thanks Denise, Rainbow and Pepper  
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