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Alison
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0 posted 11-17-2012 11:58 PM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

Dear friends and poets,

As I run in and out of PiP, I hear my Mother's voice in my shouting at a six year old Alison,"Stop running in and out of the house.  You are letting all the hot air out!"  NOT that I would ever insinuate that there is an excess of hot air in this beautiful place where we share our thoughts.  But, I still have a hard time sitting still.

I have been running in and out of PiP a lot this year.  Actually, I don't write much any longer.  It's all good.  I will again.  I spend a lot of time as the primary caregiver of my Mom ... and her health has been failing.  Many of us here are helping family members.  It's hard and emotional work, but I wouldn't change things right now.  

I have grown a lot at PiP.  I try harder to not throw out negative comments after seeing how some that I have posted here appear in the printed form.  I think the serene blue background is here for a purpose.  It can be very calming when one is only seeing red.  When I came to PiP and posted poem after poem (okay, I admit that I blush at the memory), I had no clue.

I had no clue that I would grow to love and care about so many people around the world.  I had no clue that the Alley would frustrate me so much.   ... and, yes, spin I did.  I had no clue that I would laugh, cry, celebrate and mourn with the members here.

I had no clue when a woman named Marge Tindal emailed me and said she would try to get the Workshop going again because she noticed me in there - well, that the Workshop would become my deepest pleasure here.

Michael, I will never forget how much time you have given me and how much I have learned from you.  As I recently flipped through my poems, I realized that I have about six that I love.  You mentored me through them  Thank you.

Too many of you have touched me to try to play the Name Game.  Just know I think of you ...

Happy Thanksgiving.  I give thanks for PiP ... and for you.

With love,
Alison

[This message has been edited by Alison (11-18-2012 06:42 AM).]

Alison
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1 posted 11-18-2012 12:10 AM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

PS

I want to share my favorite holiday video again this year

Hallelujah Chorus -Quinhagak, Alaska
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyviyF-N23A
Margherita
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2 posted 11-18-2012 02:02 PM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Dear Alison, it's so good to hear from you. God bless your caring for your dear Mother. That is certainly a priority. May she be well. I love what you say about these blue pages. I feel the same way. I miss many who are not around anymore, but I am grateful for all the beauty that I have had the opportunity to discover here in the past years. Like you, I don't write much lately, but there have been magical moments of inspiration and there will be more such moments, I do not doubt.
Be well, sweet Alison, I send you all my love and big hugs. May the Angels collaborate with you!
Margherita
ThisDiamond
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3 posted 11-18-2012 07:20 PM       View Profile for ThisDiamond   Email ThisDiamond   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit ThisDiamond's Home Page   View IP for ThisDiamond

Allison,
Thanks for all your time and patience, remembering and reminding us here.  Looking forward to writing with you in the future.
TD
OwlSA
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Durban, South Africa


4 posted 11-23-2012 01:19 PM       View Profile for OwlSA   Email OwlSA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for OwlSA

Alison, I donít come into Discussions much, and usually when I have lately, there hasnít been anything new.  Something drew me in tonight, and although it is 4 days since you wrote this, I believe that I was called in to read your entry.  

As you know, I knew from your last email, that you were looking after your mother.  I knew it was taking a toll on you and you have been in my prayers ever since.  I didnít know it had come to this.  My heart goes out to you and I can only remind you that you are a much loved member of Pip and that you are most certainly not alone.  

May God bless you and your mother and be with both of you and give you both strength, peace, courage, compassion and love

Love and hugs and increased powerpunch prayers

Owl
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5 posted 11-23-2012 01:56 PM       View Profile for Honeybunch   Email Honeybunch   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Honeybunch's Home Page   View IP for Honeybunch

Dear Alison - The video was delightful and delightful too to watch while I sit sweltering here in the height of our summer.  My best to you and your mother.  May there be peace.

Love
Helen
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6 posted 11-23-2012 01:57 PM       View Profile for 2islander2   Email 2islander2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for 2islander2

dear Alison, what you do touch me, i care about mother and father too, i confess you are one of my favorite poets, and there is no problem to do what you like, going out and in of poetry is what poetry is made for, i think, your talended pen is one of the most remarkable i ever read, i wish you the best and seeking new goals in your life, like editing or learning french or so stupid things that we all do for keeping contact.....

hugs and friendship

yann
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7 posted 11-23-2012 02:11 PM       View Profile for secondhanddreampoet   Email secondhanddreampoet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for secondhanddreampoet

Allison ... Both my parents were able to die here at home (which was their wish).  At least I was able to keep them out of 'nursing homes.'  I'm an 'only child' (with v. few relatives) so there was no one else to help.  You are certainly doing something quite admirable with respect to 'parent care' It does get quite challenging at times. I wish you the best on all of that! You are definitively one of the v. most talented writers that I've seen grace these fine blue pages.  I shall always look forward to future 'writes' that you might post!  ... Bruce
Martie
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8 posted 11-23-2012 03:07 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Dear Allison....I am touched by this post.  I confess to being an in and out pipster also.  For many years it was Pip poet support that kept me writing and who touched with love some wounded parts of me.  I am thankful for these blue pages and have not spoken it enough...thank you for the gentle reminder of this important place.  Wishing you peace and love.  
Huan Yi
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9 posted 11-23-2012 04:31 PM       View Profile for Huan Yi   Email Huan Yi   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Huan Yi

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Let Evening Come


[Copyrighted poem removed. - Ron]


Jane Kenyon


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As regards to not writing poems as often, if that means not
manufacturing things for posting I think thatís a good.
There are well known poets who deliberately
stopped writing poetry for years so as to return to poetry
as they and the  world after would value it.
Make your notes with line breaks if only for practice, as
journal entries regarding your own life, and to have a basis
for when poetry comes but beyond that donít worry about it.
Randall Jarrell said that a good poet is someone who has been
struck by lightning five or six times; a dozen of more makes him
a great one.  If out of all your efforts you produce
one masterpiece worthy of posterityís respect as a poet,
to my mind, youíve earned your salt.    So again donít worry about it.  

Calm Seas
Fair winds


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[This message has been edited by Ron (11-23-2012 06:41 PM).]

latearrival
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10 posted 11-23-2012 05:10 PM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

Sweet Allison, The best to you and family.I am thrilled to know you are helping your mom to stay at home. Love gives us the strenght to do all things that once seemed impossible.

Loved the video and posted it because it took so much co-operation to get it done. As you and your family are now are doing. jo
JL
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11 posted 11-23-2012 07:52 PM       View Profile for JL   Email JL   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JL

Alison, I can imagine how much your mom is pleased that she had you as a tiny little baby, and watching you grow from a persnickety little girl running in and out of the house causing the heater to kick on and the warm air to escape, and I bet she is also very proud of how responsible you have become, how fast you grew up, and how much love you have in your heart, not only for her but for others as well.  
(Love is the very heart of the LORD).

I think He has touched your heart for your mom and for others with His love; blessing you and your mom, and all of your family, and friends; may His care and love be your joy forever.

You have blessed many here on these blue pages, and I am very happy to be so lucky to have met you in poem and verse.  

By the way, that video you posted is now one of my favorites for the Holidays.
Prayers your way, sweet Alison!!  Oh, and a big Texas hug too!!

JL


Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,and with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.
Maranatha!

The Lady
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12 posted 11-23-2012 08:50 PM       View Profile for The Lady   Email The Lady   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for The Lady

Dear Alison,

I am also an in and outer. Actually more out than in because I am not writing now and if I do manage I wonder if it is actually a poem or just gibberish.

I understand about caring for your mom. It is one of the hardest jobs you will ever do. I have great respect for you.

Please know you are loved here on the blue pages.

Kate
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13 posted 11-24-2012 08:44 PM       View Profile for Oklahoma Rose   Email Oklahoma Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Oklahoma Rose

You have been missed, Alison! I, too, have some very ill parents. My dad is in the hospital right now. He went to the hospital, yesterday morning with chest pains. They kept him over night, but because he had some chest pains during the night, they decided to do some tests. While they were doing the tests, he had some more sever chest pains. They ended up doing emergency surgery on him. They put 2 stentz in a couple of arteries in his heart. And, because he is on coumadin, he is in ICU. So far he is doing okay.

I wish you the very best, Alison.
Sunshine
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14 posted 11-24-2012 09:51 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Ali, I tried to come in the other night, into PiP, because I heard a voice in the wind....but I could not get in for whatever reason. My computer just did not want to react to my need....

darling girl...I know your place just now, the one your heart swells to encompass.

Sometimes we think we are alone. We are not alone....and I will pray for you and yours.

Watch out for the brick wall, my dear. It slaps us silly at times.

All my love and regard for the beautiful woman who is your mother....

K

Michael
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15 posted 11-24-2012 10:07 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Alison, I have been in and out of PiP since its inception... and if there's one thing I've learned over the past 13 years here, this place is home, the doors are always open, and there's always someone waiting to welcome you back.  O.K., that's three  things, but you get my drift I'm sure.

I lost my father in my early 20's to cancer.  I was very busy with my new career, and new marriage... and though I always planned to spend more time with him, somehow I let everything else get in the way of what is truly the most important thing in anyone's life, time spent with someone you love.  His death broke me of worldly ambition... which I see as a good thing, for it has allowed me time to focus on my relationships with my own children, and siblings.

I know what being a caregiver entails, and I know I don't need to tell you this, because anyone who's ever read you knows you have a big heart, but I will say it anyway:  Cherish the time you have with your mother.  Once it's gone, there's no changing a second of it.  My memories of my father are golden, but tainted with the regret that I wasn't there for him when he needed me most.  A pain I can't stand to think of anyone else having.

I wish you the happiest of holidays, Alison, and want you to know your spot on the blue pages is forever reserved just for you.  Take care of your business, we will be here to welcome you back with open arms whenever you wish to come back... or even just poke your head in to say, "hi,"

((Hugs))

Michael
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16 posted 11-26-2012 02:12 AM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

Dear Alison, I am so sorry to hear about what you are going through with you mother.
I have been there when my daughter was ill and know how difficult it can be. I wish you strength and peace.
                             Love, Ida
Titia Geertman
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17 posted 11-26-2012 02:44 AM       View Profile for Titia Geertman   Email Titia Geertman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Titia Geertman's Home Page   View IP for Titia Geertman

Dear Alison,

Like Michael said, PIP wil always be home to whoever wandered through its door once. I know where you are now, my mommy Muys is 101 years old now. I haven't written a poem in ages, but ever so often I wander into PIP to see what's going on and to keep track of my fellow poet friends.

Do what you must do and take care, we're here to support you if you need any.

Titia

Like scattered leaves...my words will flow

Alison
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18 posted 11-28-2012 09:37 PM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

There's so much love and support here.  You all truly move me.  Every day is presenting a new challenge, but life is good.  Yes, there are days that I spend an hour bawling.  It's cathartic, and makes room for new thoughts and feelings.  

Thank you for the stories, support and love.

I love you right back!  

Ali
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19 posted 11-28-2012 10:45 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Ali....

as of 12-21-12...I'll be "home"....

talks are welcome. No matter how you want 'em.



Alison
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20 posted 11-28-2012 11:22 PM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

Thank you, Sunshiney one.  I'll be in touch for sure.

xoxoxo
Ali
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21 posted 12-22-2012 09:06 PM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

thinking of you dear Alison
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22 posted 12-22-2012 10:02 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Alison, you will always be, not only my favorite student, but one of my closest friends here. I admire you more than you can know and our connection is very special to me.
Alison
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23 posted 01-12-2013 02:18 AM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

Thank you, Dixie girl.

Mike, the feelins is very mutual.  You are my mentor and my friend.  Can't ask for more than that.

Love to you all,
Alison
 
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