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The Glass of Air that Separates

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Martie
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The Glass of Air that Separates

In the room I roam
with ear pressed against
the glass of air that separated
my table from theirs.

Lost to my companion,
consumed by a conversation
from behind,
words with no faces.

A toast to beginnings and endings,
what do you say? I heard.
Out with the old,
in with the new.
To beginnings and endings,
and to truth, no matter what.

I looked up to the cleared eyed watch
of my companion,
who understood the nature of my listening

A toast, I thought,
a brown table, a glass,
the napkin with a wet circle.
How many things are permanent?
The circle,
a symbol of continuity and continuation,
yet, this circle will be gone soon,
dried up and thrown away,
carted off and dumped into a landfill
and forever changed.
Are we in life, like the napkin,
imprinted, used and thrown away?

He touched the circle on my finger,
the symbol of our love,
he touched it with his own.

Uncertain of direction
I listened still.
I toast to truth
and just straight lines, I heard.

I looked down at our hands
now interlocked
warm on warm
and raised my glass.

To circles, I said.



 In the dew of little things,
the heart finds its morning
and is refreshed.
(ee cummings)


[This message has been edited by Martie (edited 12-11-1999).]
© Copyright 1999 Martie Odell-Ingebretsen - All Rights Reserved
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How lovely! I think such love and commitment certainly deserves a toast!

 "Glory remains unaware of my neglected dwelling where alone
I sing my tearful song which has charms only for me."

-Charles Brugnot

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What a mind you have to come up with this, Martie. I could picture the entire scenario, the girl's feelings, her insecurities, the man's understanding, his comforting.....etc, etc, etc. To initiate the thought is excellent but to be able to express it so well is wonderful. Oh, did I mention I like it?  
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3 posted 12-11-1999 07:31 PM       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 -
Tender and loving as I've come to anticipate from you.
Truly sentimentally significant.


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4 posted 12-11-1999 08:22 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

So lovely, Martie! You are quite a talented writer! It is always a pleasure to read your work.

 Denise


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Your title drew me in, your poem made me glad I was. This was a wonderful poetic moment!  
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To circles - fantastic last line, Martie.
You've outdone yourself - yet again!!!!
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To circles.........very nice  

[This message has been edited by hoot_owl_rn (edited 12-11-1999).]
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Beautiful as always, Martie. I especially like the circles!
Also I like your signature...are you familiar with other ee cummings poems? There's one that says

'thank you god for most this amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and the blue true dream of sky...
...I who was dead am alive again today...
...now the ears of my ears are awake the eyes of my eyes are open...'

You have a way of opening my eyes and ears for me.
Martie
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Saxoness--thankyou--to commitment

Balladeer--you make my day with your words

Marge--what a tender and loving reply

Denise--YOU are the talented writer

Severn--to friends like you

hoot--thank you

Seaangel--thankyou for your comments and yes, he is one of my most favorite poets and I know the poem you speak of--thankyou for reminding me of it's beauty.
 
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