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suthern
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0 posted 01-04-2000 02:50 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for suthern

Twenty-five years ago
I walked down the aisle
In a gown of white velvet
With a painted on smile.
I wish you could know
The "me" I was then
Much less world weary
(And certainly more thin!)
I still lived illusions,
Allowed myself dreams...
Within hours I learned
Delusions and schemes.
I pity that girl.
For with one bad choice,
She lost herself,
Her beliefs, and her voice.
And yet the path
That gave her such pain
Brought me to today
And all that I've gained.
For I would not trade
One tear that I've shed
One night alone
Or one prayer that I've pled
If happiness then
Would have circumvented
My chance to know you.
I would not have prevented
That poor girl's anguish...
For the woman I am
Was born from the ashes
Of that life - that sham.
And this woman's wise
Enough to cherish
The man that you are...
This love will not perish!
Thank you, my dear friend,
With each day, you show
A man worthy of my trust
I'm so proud to know...
The finest man ever!
I'm glad to be here
And finally release
The past twenty-five years.

© Copyright 2000 suthern - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 01-04-2000 02:57 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Some of the best lessons are taught with blood and tears--Great poem and I wish you much future happiness.

 In the dew of little things,
the heart finds its morning
and is refreshed.
(ee cummings)
Iloveit
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2 posted 01-04-2000 03:05 PM       View Profile for Iloveit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Iloveit

this is beautifully constructed suthern, and the flow of emotions is great...I love this...and yep I know what you mean, as much as we might be inclined to lament the past...it is our today....am glad to see you accept yours and prosper  
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3 posted 01-04-2000 03:22 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

My friend: I wish I could take away your sorrow, your pain and your past but in a way I think our past pain makes for special people and without doubt, you're one of life's special people...

You know it always makes me smile because I think you're beautiful and the radiance of goodness and compassion that is inside you shines right through...and that will last the whole of your lifetime and gives pleasure to all the people that you touch...they come away having touched love!  Been loved and maybe take a little of that love to keep with them forever!

Ooops..I'm crying

HUSG

 Don't ask me where I'm going, just listen when I'm gone and far away you'll hear me singing softly to the dawn.

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4 posted 01-04-2000 03:27 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Belle,

Would you please refrain from writing any more poems about how wonderful I am... I know, I know, I know... everybody might think you were writing about that scalawag rascal, but WE know, don't we?  *wink*  Incidently, this was a great poem about your life -
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5 posted 01-04-2000 03:33 PM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

LongJohn....you're so perceptive! And humble too!........I saw your post on the adult board......it would take a "cat of nine tails" to cover such an ass as you have!!! LOL
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6 posted 01-04-2000 03:34 PM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Suthern...I think this may be the best yet from ya.....
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7 posted 01-04-2000 03:41 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

ROFL!! "The best from you yet...." from Toerag 'cause he thinks it's about him. Well, let him keep his little fantasy. It IS one of your best, Suthern,  and I am humbled....
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8 posted 01-04-2000 03:42 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Martie: Thank you!

Lovey: Laments are inevitable... but I wouldn't trade my "todays" for an easy past! *G*

RG: Methinks you're biased, dear friend... not that I mind at all! *G* Stay that way... but stop crying! LOL

LJA: Shhhh... Lor will skin me alive! LOL. Thanks, scalawag! *G*

Toerag: You know better than anyone what your encouragement and support have done for my writing... Thank you isn't nearly enough... but I do thank you!

Balladeer: Toe is a very wise man. *G* And I'm not known for my subtlety! LOL. Thanks, 'Deer one... very much!



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This is beautiful, Suthern! So well said!

 Denise

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We cannot be born without labor... can we auntie?  Peace..

very nice

 How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it. -Marcus Aurelius
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11 posted 01-04-2000 05:35 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Thank you, Denise and LR! *G*

I do appreciate all of your kind comments so very much!
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12 posted 01-05-2000 08:41 AM       View Profile for JTF   Email JTF   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for JTF

Damn, I'm late ... every possible comment has already been made ... maybe I should ditto them all ? ... Superb poem Auntie !! ...  

and LR, "We cannot be born without labor", you're talking about your mum here ! ...  
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13 posted 01-05-2000 08:55 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

That's okay, Froggie... better late than never! SMOOCH! And thank you!
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Suthern...beautiful. The title caught me on this piece for this simple reason:

Out of the Ashes (Also titled The Phoenix) ~Ruth

Charred ashes lay in a pile
where once were burning embers.
Dreams are discarded in the soot,
buried amidst hurt and shame.
What is left after the fire is gone
and nothing else remains?
Only me, lost and alone,
a little worse for wear,
tattered and torn,
but still intact.
I pick myself up again,
brush away the soot and grime.
Out of the ashes comes life;
and I have been resurrected.

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Hoot: That's beautiful! I've noticed before that we have more in common than a name... *S* Thanks for sharing your poem!
Ruth
 
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