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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 12-27-1999 12:33 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Treasured Gifts

Two years of living far away, in another world
Wrought a life-long friendship with a young Brazilian girl
Bernadette was always vibrant, and beautiful to see
But a crucial blow of fate left her in utter poverty

She always wore a ring of gold with a pearl upon her hand
And a bracelet with her name engraved across a golden band
Presents from a father to his angel, she was told
His senseless death had made them much more precious than their gold

She never once in those two years removed the loving gifts
And every time she spoke of them, her spirit would uplift
So barren her attire would seem without the gifts of gold
Those beautiful remembrances of past times often told

When time ran out, I left that place, a sad and rainy day
My friend was quite distraught to see her best friend go away
"Good bye" was an utterance she couldn't say or understand
And as she turned abruptly placed something in my hand

I looked down with predicted fear of what I might behold
It was a lovely pearl set in a simple ring of gold
And a bracelet with a golden band, and on it finely etched
In beautiful scrolled letters, the name of "Bernadette"

So grand a gift I felt inside I simply couldn't accept
But in her culture, such an insult no one would expect
Forced to take them with me, I shed a hundred tears
But I kept them in a box marked "Bernadette" for many years

One day I ventured back to that place that I had known
And saw my dear friend, Bernadette, and her daughters fully grown
For each of them a little box, two presents given with pride
The younger one found a ring of gold with a lovely pearl inside

Their mother quickly glanced upon the older daughter's lap
And beheld the contents of the other present just unwrapped
With tearful eyes she fingered both gifts, handling them with care
And said she had some thoughts about these gifts she'd like to share

"I never thought I would behold these precious gifts again
Your gesture signifies to me how truly great a friend
Each time I see them I'll recall a cherished memory
The sparkle in my father's eyes as they were given to me"

"My daughters now can share the visions I've held in my heart
Of happy days before my father and I were torn apart
Each time they wear them I'll relate a story of his past
In that way, in their hearts my father's legacy will last"

Elizabeth Santos

© Copyright 1999 Elizabeth Santos - All Rights Reserved
neokano
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1 posted 12-27-1999 12:41 AM       View Profile for neokano   Email neokano   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for neokano

I am happy to say that you made me cry...very good
hoot_owl_rn
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2 posted 12-27-1999 02:17 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

Absolutely Beautiful  
Echo Rhayne
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3 posted 12-27-1999 05:17 AM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

Very beautiful indeed!  Grat job!


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Severn
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4 posted 12-27-1999 05:30 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

You have written an epic, Liz!

This is very beautiful in form and touching in content.

Well done - a pat on the back is needed!

K
Elizabeth Santos
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5 posted 12-27-1999 06:17 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Neckano, Hoot and Mel
Thank you for your kind comments
Liz

Kamla.
Not and epic, just a little story, but true.
I wrote a couple months ago, as I did about 130 other poems but I try to find one or two that are good enough to post, and it's hard.
Thanks, Kamla
Liz
Nan
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6 posted 12-27-1999 07:24 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Elizabeth - this is a great story....
...and I would think the opposite - that you have a hard time finding any that aren't fit to post....
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7 posted 12-27-1999 08:11 AM       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

A soft, flowing tear finds
it's way to my cheek.
~Marge~


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Seymour Tabin
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8 posted 12-27-1999 08:19 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Elizabeth,
You have freed another epopee.
Exquisite, love ya Sy
Elizabeth Santos
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9 posted 12-27-1999 03:24 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Nan, Marge,and Sy,
Glad you enjoyed this little poem about one of my very best friends.
Thank you for your nice comments
Liz
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10 posted 12-27-1999 06:39 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

What a beautiful story, Liz~well told. I would like to take this opportunity that I have never found a poem of yours that could be considered "bad".

Love ya,
Elizabeth

 Nail to the mast her holy flag,
Set every threadbare sail-
And give her to the god of storms,
The lightning and the gale!
-Oliver Wendell Holmes


Denise
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11 posted 12-27-1999 08:06 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Yep, I'm crying too. Very touching, Elizabeth. So very touching. Thanks for sharing this.

 Denise


Martie
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12 posted 12-27-1999 08:17 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

This poem touched my heart Liz--how could it not--it is beautiful in the doing and in the writing.  

 In the dew of little things,
the heart finds its morning
and is refreshed.
(ee cummings)
Elizabeth Santos
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13 posted 12-27-1999 08:18 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Elizabeth, What a sweet thing to say! but you haven't read all of my poems. There are some really bad ones! I just don't post them
Thanks, Liz

Denise, I'm so glad you liked this poem. And you would also like Bernadette, she is very special. I'm going to meet her in JUly at her daughter's house in Spain. She has a good soul.
Liz
Elizabeth Santos
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14 posted 12-27-1999 08:20 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Martie,
  Another girl of my own heart, thank you, dear.
Liz
Paul Hoekman
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MARVELOUS!
Pepper
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So very touching indeed Liz...Beautiful piece....
Elizabeth Santos
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17 posted 01-16-2000 06:49 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Paul,
My, you are going back a ways in your readings, Thanks for your marvelous word
Liz

Pepper,
Thank you for your kind comments, I'm glad you liked this story about a very dear friend
Liz
Rus Bowden
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18 posted 01-16-2000 02:10 PM       View Profile for Rus Bowden   Email Rus Bowden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Rus Bowden

Hi Liz,

This poem is a treasure!  Such a story.  It kept tugging at my heart.

Rus
Danny Holloway
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19 posted 01-19-2000 01:24 PM       View Profile for Danny Holloway   Email Danny Holloway   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Danny Holloway

"visions I've held in my heart".  Reminds me of the many I have of a father past.
Enjoyed this very much!
DH

 
Sunshine
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20 posted 01-19-2000 01:47 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Yes, Yes, Yes...post anything Elizabeth, because it only gets better with each passing day!

 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Elizabeth Santos
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21 posted 01-19-2000 04:36 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Rus, Glad you liked the poem, because it really happened
Thanks
Liz

Danny, Yes, it's nice to have a souveneer of a loved one to always remind us of their past
Thanks for your comment
Liz

Sunshine
How sweet! Thank you for that lovely compliment
Liz
 
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