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Measured beats (back from the hiatus)

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LngJhnAg
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0 posted 12-23-1999 02:19 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for LngJhnAg

The hallway clock, standing alone, announces in measured beats
The loneliness of my empty home nestled back amongst the trees.
Each mournful tick of the clock echoes the seconds of my past,
As I wait impassive as a rock since I'd seen her for the last.

The seconds tick in measured pace as I recount all of my sins,
And wish again for unearned grace from my lover and my friend.
Thoughtless acts and worthless deeds have brought me to this place,
Lessons taught have passed by me as I lived with frantic pace.

Regrets are arrows truly cast from the bow of selfish needs,
Each finding its mark from a past dictated by what pleased me.
Measure out your clockwork beat upon the drum of my heart,
You're all I've left to comfort me now that my life has come apart.

The moral of my sorrow's clear as I think back on better times,
What counted was not what I counted dear but who once stood by my side.
For it wasn't in my dreams I'd find the happiness I was due,
It's the one who owned my soul and mind who made my dreams come true.

The ticking slows as night descends and my house settles in for night,
I finally see how love depends not on the possessions I hold tight.
True love is offered free of price but demands we pay with all we own
If we are to keep it's spirit alive, and thus preserve our soul.
© Copyright 1999 Michael Waterman - All Rights Reserved
Andrew Scott
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1 posted 12-23-1999 02:31 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Ah.... let me be the first to say WOW!... A stunning piece of writing here Sir John. It is true... If not for the lady at my side I would have none of the things I truly hold dear in this life. Thanks for sharing and the best of the holiday season to you and yours.
WhtDove
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2 posted 12-23-1999 02:35 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

LJ I'm really glad to see you back!!  It's been way to long. What a profound work, full of truth you have set before us here. A lot of thought in this! This one touched me very much! This is a keeper in my book!

Merry Christmas to ya! Lorelei too! (forgive me if I spelled that wrong)
Seymour Tabin
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3 posted 12-23-1999 02:36 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

LJ,
You devil one fine poem, excellent.
LngJhnAg
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4 posted 12-23-1999 02:36 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Thank you, Andrew.  Have a wonderful holiday season, filled with the love of those you hold nearest and dearest.
LngJhnAg
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5 posted 12-23-1999 02:44 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Wow.  What a terrific response!  Thank you one and all.

Isn't it remarkable how it seems that the most profound statements are the ones that reinforce what we instictively already know?  Love is worth everything we own, and demands from us that we place it above all other things.  When we lose sight of that most fundamental of all truths, that is when our world gets away from us.  And then, it doesn't matter what we own, because it pales in comparison to what we lost.
Mike
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6 posted 12-23-1999 02:50 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

An effort well worth the read. Thank you for posting.
Coegwyr
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7 posted 12-23-1999 03:39 PM       View Profile for Coegwyr   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Coegwyr


Nice piece of poetry Mr. Silver I'm glad you shared it with us.

Toerag
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8 posted 12-23-1999 03:51 PM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Well dear Mike...as usual, ya come and go like thunderstorms....not very often, but when ya do the effects are usually remembered....From the bottom of my cold cold heart....I do, seriously hope you and Sue have a wonderful holiday, a prosperous and healthy New Year...May God's peace and blessings be bountiful....Luv ya, miss ya, and still want to meet ya one day...Luv..Scott....(the one with a rag on his Toe.....
Elizabeth Santos
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9 posted 12-23-1999 05:00 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Excellent poem, very well written
A pleasure to read,
Liz
Denise
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10 posted 12-23-1999 08:35 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Excellent poem and welcome back!  

 Denise


RainbowGirl
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11 posted 12-23-1999 10:50 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

LJA:  Deep as always my friend, just like you always are and when you're deep, you let us in...and such a caring person is what we find...

Take care of BOTH of you..

HUSG


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


Poet deVine
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12 posted 12-23-1999 11:15 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Welcome back to the land of poetry...hope your holidays will be filled with love, laughter and hope! (and that the new year brings no little Y2K bug things!  ) I love this, by the way...it speaks of the true meaning of love....
Balladeer
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13 posted 12-23-1999 11:38 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Wonderful to see you back again, Long John, and in such great form! Stick around for a while, hear?  
samsonheart
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14 posted 12-24-1999 01:00 AM       View Profile for samsonheart   Email samsonheart   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for samsonheart

Enjoyed this Long John. It reminds me to never waste an opportunity to tell someone how much they mean to me.

samsonheart
hoot_owl_rn
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15 posted 12-24-1999 09:47 AM       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

WOw, what a welcome back  
Nan
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16 posted 12-25-1999 08:04 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Nice to see ya, Sweetie.... Nice poem too....
 
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