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Michael
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0 posted 12-17-1999 01:55 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Michael

SEA SHELL

I wasn't always alone.
Once, hands held me,
soft fingertips brushing along
the callousness of my being.
Lips showering me with
compliments of beauty.
Eyes shimmering in distant view.
But always, they shimmered.

I was lifted up,
allowed to whisper in your ear.
Oh, how you used to love my voice.
I still remember the smile,
first time I spoke to you.
"Magic"?
Perhaps it seemed so, then.

How else could an insentient entity,
such as I,
sing with such fervent passion,
such longing, such zeal?
Were you merely mystified
by the soft calling
beneath a rough surface?
The peace and tranquility
I presented to you.
Has my gift been lost to you?
Why, now, do you look away?

Daily,
I sit here alone,
waiting, watching, wondering,
sifting through the channels of
suspended animation,
avid collector of dust.
Waiting to be touched once more.
Watching as the sheen of
forgotten magic
creeps over everdulling eyes.
Wondering,
why was I brought here,
to a world not of my own,
if only to sit here,
cast aside,
discounted?
A relic,
forgotten on the shelf.



 Michael Anderson

It's the little things you take for granted,
That'll mean the most to you when they're gone.








[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 12-17-1999).]
© Copyright 1999 Michael Anderson - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 12-17-1999 02:01 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Heartfelt and touching, Michael. Wonderful piece. I can feel the longing and pain. There is a purpose for everything, even though we may not always know what it is...why am I telling you this...you know that! Again, great poem!  

 Denise


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2 posted 12-17-1999 02:26 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

APPLAUDS!!!! Michael, this is truly free verse in it's finest. The movement is great and I love the feelings you envoke here. Well done  
Michael
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3 posted 12-17-1999 05:34 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Thanks, Denise, always nice to hear, anyway.

Thanks, Ruth - I don't write much "free verse" so I take that as a huge compliment.


Michael
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4 posted 12-17-1999 05:37 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Very well done, you are expanding your talents, and giving us pleasure at the same time.
Liz
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5 posted 12-17-1999 05:52 PM       View Profile for Isis   Email Isis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Isis's Home Page   View IP for Isis

Michael my friend, if you glance on the shelf next to you, there is another sea shell feeling just the same as you do.  And besides sea shells are a piece of exquisite beauty.  

 What the inner voice says will NOT disappoint the hoping soul.
~Isis~
(Daughter of Mystery)

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6 posted 12-17-1999 05:52 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Michael, for some reason, this piece has gotten to me more that any of yours I've seen. It is SO very true that, for some, the only pleasure is in the acquisition and, afterwards, the acquired becomes an 'avid collector of dust', as you so well put it. It is one of the most unfair things one can do to another. This poem, spoken from the side of the 'collected' is an excellent portrayal of feelings from that side. Well done.
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7 posted 12-17-1999 06:34 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

As a poet obssessed with freeverse   I have to say this is an exquisite piece, Michael.

I love the imagery of dust and that phrase: 'everdulling eyes' is one that I wish I could own...

You got me with this one.  K
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8 posted 12-17-1999 06:57 PM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Again my friend, you have described my feelings exactly.

Well done.

 Now and forever, my heart hears ~one voice~.
DreamEvilŠ
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because I'll be damned if I ever change..."

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9 posted 12-17-1999 07:06 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Michael,
You moved me to another time
And although it didn't rhyme
This time I fell in love
And agree with all the above.
Nice work. excellent poem.
Nan
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10 posted 12-17-1999 07:28 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

I know that shelf.... It needs to be filled, eh??? Nice work, Michael....
Michael
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11 posted 12-17-1999 11:45 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Isis, I think I've found that other shell...in fact maybe even a second part of the same shell.

Balladeer, TY, the was much behind this poem and many ways to interpret it, I'm sure.  You're right on the money though.

Severn, again, that's quite a compliment...as I don't do free verse very often.  I am humbled.


Everyone else, Sincere thanks to all of you for the compliments.  

Michael
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12 posted 12-17-1999 11:56 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Michael this has much feeling in it. Though you are no longer in the dust and forgotten.
Excellent my friend!
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13 posted 12-18-1999 12:14 AM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

Wow...stunning imagery, Michael!  You've an endless talent.  Stunning.  
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14 posted 12-18-1999 02:08 AM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

Michael, the way you spoke of this piece today - I wasn't expecting anything nearly this exquisite!  I'm not just saying that because I'm fond of you either!  You sir, should give yourself more credit in the free verse department!  This was breathtaking - and I do believe - one of the best I've read from you yet!  Fabulous use of words, and imagery, descriptive to the point, I could FEEL it !  Aaaaahhh - makes me want to go to the shore.....And you thought it wasn't gonna go over well.....Looks like a hit to me!  ****curtsies mi-Lord
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15 posted 12-18-1999 04:05 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Is there anything you can touch my friend, that doesn't turn to gold?
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