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Grandmas Mantel

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Lisa Graham-Marshall
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0 posted 01-09-2000 07:31 AM       View Profile for Lisa Graham-Marshall   Email Lisa Graham-Marshall   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lisa Graham-Marshall

On my grandmas mantel a dozen photos line,
Black, white and yellow ones set in the olden times.
A young girl stares with long dark curls,
Around her neck hangs a string of pearls.
The mantel clock has just chimed four,
These faces ive not seen before.
A photo of a gloomy face,
Now somewhere in a heavenly place.
A child on a swing laughing having fun,
Her little life had just begun.
A smile familiar, i recognise..?
That little girl has grandmas eyes.

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Severn
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1 posted 01-09-2000 07:36 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

This is very well written Lisa - excellent capturing of those moments.

Well done.

K

 '...I want to be free - free to know people and their backgrounds - free to move to different parts of the world...' Sylvia Plath
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2 posted 01-09-2000 08:43 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

Wonderful image, Lisa.
My grandmother's mantel jumped into my mind.
The photos and the beautiful clock ...
thank you for the memory-maker.
~Marge~
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3 posted 01-09-2000 08:48 AM       View Profile for whiskey   Email whiskey   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit whiskey's Home Page   View IP for whiskey

This is wonderful Lisa  
hoot_owl_rn
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4 posted 01-09-2000 09:17 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

Nice imagery, I could see this one clearly  
Nan
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5 posted 01-09-2000 12:37 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Wow, Lisa.... You've been in my Grammie's dining room, it seems....

The only empty spot in the room is the table-top... the rest is pictures... LOL - and I'm turning into her...

Nice job here - I love it!
lostboy
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6 posted 01-09-2000 03:46 PM       View Profile for lostboy   Email lostboy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for lostboy

What a sweet poem. This one kicked me back a few years, brilliant!
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7 posted 01-09-2000 06:16 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This is so wonderful, Lisa! What a great poem and dynamite last line!

 Denise

Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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8 posted 01-09-2000 06:18 PM       View Profile for Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Email Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rosemary J. Gwaltney's Home Page   View IP for Rosemary J. Gwaltney

I really enjoyed this one!  Lovely, and well worded, my favorite part was the sweet and poignant ending!




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Meadowmuse
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9 posted 01-10-2000 10:26 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Beautiful sentiment here, Lisa. I enjoyed the nostalgic suggestion.

Dear LadyClaire
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10 posted 01-11-2000 01:49 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Lovely poem and full of nostalgia for me as well.  Took me to my grandmother, my mother and me.

 In the dew of little things,
the heart finds its morning
and is refreshed.
(ee cummings)
Songbird
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11 posted 01-11-2000 10:18 AM       View Profile for Songbird   Email Songbird   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Songbird's Home Page   View IP for Songbird

A very special poem, I would say one that deserves to be framed and put right there on the mantel with the photos.
HelmutB
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12 posted 01-11-2000 02:38 PM       View Profile for HelmutB   Email HelmutB   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit HelmutB's Home Page   View IP for HelmutB

Cute, very nice and touching

 The ability to describe life with words is similar to painting a picture; both can be powerful tools.

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