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Almost. . . . Let it slip Away (thank you)

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0 posted 12-26-2005 10:10 AM       View Profile for lucky   Email lucky   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for lucky

Almost. . . . Let  it  slip Away

as night responds appearing as a well merited
friend and the evening turns to sanguine
free and quiet lies quilted waiting before
any of the morning cares come
taking carols linger reclaiming scenes
from years gone by I think you know
the places although many have closed
their eyes and forgotten but then again
others have to close their eyes to make it
real and of course there are those who canít
get out to feel the sights or theyíre just so back
woods they donít bother stringing up the lights

the fire has taken our spirit all right and
the nights have sure been sleepless hearing
all the creaks and crackles an old house
can make and the icy wind with its low moaning
around the eaves reminding you just how cold
it is leaving yer soul with a not so easy feeling
wondering what exactly it was you heard

finally morning arrives and I thank God again
that were all still alive we sit and wait for the
antiquated phone to ring bearing a little cheer
we make a few calls but alas everyone is gone
for one reason then the girls remind me of the season

I dawn my winters best and begin removing
the siding eight feet back...... and it still
looks bad sixteen more......... and a sad
heart sweeps the messy kitchen floor
three days left and still no electricity

I drop what Iím doing and find a
tree make a wreathe from the lower boughs
the scent of pines fresh enveloping the air
camouflages the smell of smoke still there

the shortest day of the year arrives and I
pray a prayer that it wonít be ours everyone
is stationed in various rooms and then at
the given moment the switch is thrown

the rooms light up one by one
everything in sight was coming on
the house lit up like a Christmas tree
oh what a blessed sight to see

Iím just a carpenters son that worked for his dad. Dad became a general contractor in the mid Ď60ís. I later went into making cabinets for him. (Arthritis got into my fingers and the hammer would slip from my hand.) I canít thank God enough for all he taught me. Without it.... (as Sunshine said) it could have all slipped away.

Electrical fires are possible the worst kind. As a home owner is a sick feeling when there is a fire inside your wall and the kitchen is lined with shelves and cabinets making a fire extinguisher ineffective.

The fire originated at the main breaker panel because of an old breaker that seized and didnít work. (time, humidity and some other factors I wasnít even aware of had seized the breaker into an on position) A real electrician will be in on Tuesday. It appears the whole system will have to be replaced.

Looks like mom didnít nickname me ďluckyĒ for nought. For those who prayed I want to thank you, we thank you, with all our hearts. The kids are thankful too but theyíre unable to realize the scope or know the seriousness of such an occurrence. God Bless and I pray youíve all had a wonderful Christmas.

(lucky) Dale & Rosemary Gwaltney

Speaking of ghosts, wouldn't you know here comes mine again...
~Rosemary J. Gwaltney~

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1 posted 12-26-2005 10:51 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

And I'll thank God that you all escaped
without harm to your persons...

But I will also keep my prayers going for you, lucky...and Rosemary? You keep holding everyone tight!

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2 posted 12-26-2005 11:22 AM       View Profile for kayjay   Email kayjay   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for kayjay

I've plumbed and wired enough to know the apprehension of cutting in the main switch or turning on the main water supply and that twitch in your stomach when your work is almost, but not quite right.
You and your family are indeed most lucky, and the more so for your skills.  
Thanks for sharing a great story.  Ken

Through rubble and trouble and dark of night
The yawn of a dawn will hasten the light

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3 posted 12-26-2005 11:46 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Dale....You are surely blessed to be able to write this today....I am so thankful that you and the family are ok.  Thank you for letting us have been in my thoughts all through the day and night.  
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4 posted 12-26-2005 05:18 PM       View Profile for lucky   Email lucky   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for lucky

Thank you all so much

I've never really had to work like that in 10 below weather. I had to come in and change my shoes and socks twice. I think I'm still thawing out. I still have all my fingers and toes but their still telling me about it. (where's my check, Mr. Farmers Insurance Man) Thanks so much Martie for leaving the message with Marge I was just so rushed. I hope to be sitting down to some serious writing and soon.

Best friends best finds, lucky dale

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5 posted 12-26-2005 07:11 PM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

I am so glad  you have electricity for now... sounds like your dad taught you well

hugs to you all

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6 posted 12-26-2005 07:19 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

oh, thank goodness you are all safe!
I sure hope the new year is warmer and brighter, that the temps might even rise and hold steady above the freeze mark.
I do understand the subzeros, after living 6 years in the Interior of AK, and remember all too well what happens when something horrible HAPPENS in winter.
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7 posted 12-26-2005 08:07 PM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

*smiling here*

Because you and yours ARE.

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8 posted 12-26-2005 08:46 PM       View Profile for sandgrain   Email sandgrain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sandgrain

Thank you,Lord, for watching over these folks and bringing them through this sad incident.

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9 posted 03-10-2006 06:01 AM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

Your strong and indomitable spirit will get you through these challenges that you face.

Prayers are on the wing for you and your family.

Hugs with love,
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