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Martie
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Keeping Time


I am in the tall grasses
and weeds of the vacant lots
of California childhood

Starched and pressed
white dress
green in spring
from romping trails through mustard.

Tip toe through the yellow blossoms
sit down in such a way
no one can see you  
a magical world
of ant colonies and honey bees
pretend so small
the dandelion leaf
is your umbrella.

Back in that sharply painted
flower field
my mother
pulled fox tails from socks
bleached grass stains
with the vision of imagination.

The mustard fields
were the undertow
pulling me up into curves.
I can still smell
the weed killer
used against the vacant lot
where I would hide


The sprinkler
endlessly ticks familiar,
the clock also,
keeping time
to heart beat
and footsteps.

but...
I can still return
to the tall grasses
and weeds  
of California childhood
and take you with me.
© Copyright 1999 Martie Odell-Ingebretsen - All Rights Reserved
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You've done it again - transported me well away from where I sit and taken me into your life - which screams an excellent poem, Martie.
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This isn't allowed to go yet.
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3 posted 12-08-1999 07:40 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

Martie -
This one 'talks' to me.
I retreat to the limbs of the old camphor tree. It was my refuge overlooking the backyard.
You took me to your field ... thank you.


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Martie...interestingly done gal....brings back memories to alot of us....by the way, ya have a gorgeous beak sweetie.....(and your friend in the picture's pretty cute too)
Pepper
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A Lovely piece Martie
Enjoyed this much!!



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


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Martie, your talents are boundless and your use of imagery grand  
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7 posted 12-08-1999 03:11 PM       View Profile for Seaangel   Email Seaangel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seaangel

What a gorgeous recapture of youth!  I always get such sharp and beautiful images from your poems, Martie, and this was no exception.
Martie
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I have so many memories of my youth--glad you enjoyed this one.  Toerag, you rascal--I'm glad you liked my beak--what about my feathers?
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Wonderful poem of childhood memories! I love it!

 Denise


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lovely
well done
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11 posted 01-24-2006 11:06 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Just sitting here shaking my head as usual, and wondering how you see everyday things in such beauty lady.  A weenie bump up as I can.
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Enjoyed

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