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The Rose (started as a reply to Sy's poem "The Book")

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hoot_owl_rn
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The Rose

There, within the yellow pages,
Lay a single rose;
Aged to brown, and meaningless,
Or some would just suppose.

But to her tender, loving heart,
The flower meant so much;
For in it's fragile petals
Lay the memory of his touch.

The book, it held the contents
Of laughter and of tears,
Represented in a single bud
That weathered countless years.

There beside her death bed,
The wind, through window wide,
Leafed the pages one by one
And blew the rose aside.

And as the rose, in frailty,
Tumbled to the floor;
She took her final, labored breath
And met her love once more.


 When you truly know the meaning
of the word Love,
you will also know the meaning
of the word Pain
~Javan
© Copyright 2000 Ruth Kephart - All Rights Reserved
Elizabeth Santos
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1 posted 01-11-2000 11:36 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Ah! I've got chills! Can you be hot and cold at the same time?
Warmth from the passion, goosebumps from your beautiful words
Exquisite!
Liz
Michael
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2 posted 01-11-2000 11:37 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Wow!  Exquisite poem, Ruth...and lovely graphic.  Beautiful.

Michael
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3 posted 01-11-2000 11:39 AM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Superb effort.  I really enjoyed this wonderful poem.  Thank you.
Denise
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4 posted 01-11-2000 11:40 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Beautiful poem, beautiful rose! This is fabulous, Ruth!

 Denise

Tim
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Young boy and girl in attic bleak,
On rainy day, play hide and seek,
Girl spies a box and takes a look,
And sees inside forgotten book,
Girl takes the book and shows to him,
Weathered pages, yellowed dim,
The book falls open, as by fate,
Before pair lays, page ninety-eight,
What can that be? Do you suppose,
The imprint of a perfect rose.

Loved your poem Ms. Hoot.
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6 posted 01-11-2000 12:32 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I love this, Hoot!!! Beautiful!!

And Tim: I like your poem, too!
Pepper
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Gorgeous Hoot...!!!!


 A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extraordinaire!
Shannon


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Hoot .... I will go out of my way to read a rose poem and yours is one of the best. Well done.

James (Parker)
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9 posted 01-11-2000 12:50 PM       View Profile for Ted Reynolds   Email Ted Reynolds   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ted Reynolds

Something of my own, a "follow-up" poem to yours begins to bud in my mind; I'll post it when it blossoms.  (And thus we poetic bees and flowers continue to cross-fertilize, and our gardens grow.)
hoot_owl_rn
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Tim...your reply is simply beautiful!!

Ted...I'm anxiously awaiting it  

Thanks everyone  

[This message has been edited by hoot_owl_rn (edited 01-11-2000).]
Martie
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A simply beautiful poem hoot--gave me goose bumps too.

The flower lays tangled
in the memory of years,
pressed against the pages
of time, it waits,
and grows a memory.


 In the dew of little things,
the heart finds its morning
and is refreshed.
(ee cummings)
Dark Angel
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12 posted 01-11-2000 02:48 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

WOW!!!! Ruth, this is really beautiful and so vivid, I could see it all  Beautiful work  from you as always Hon!!  

 What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


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13 posted 01-11-2000 03:16 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Excellent imagery connecting the disintegration of the rose and the passing of the woman. One can easily see the scene being played out. Very, very good work, Ruth.
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14 posted 01-11-2000 04:53 PM       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

Hoot -
Girlfriend ..... this is one of the BEST !
~*Marge*~
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15 posted 01-11-2000 05:09 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Hoot: Beautiful..

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.

DreamEvil
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16 posted 01-11-2000 06:10 PM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Misted over even these tired eyes but brought a smile as well. 'Tis an evocative work Ruth.

 Now and forever, my heart hears ~one voice~.
DreamEvilŠ
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"Either kill me or take me as I am,
because I'll be damned if I ever change..."

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(Marquis de Sade)


HelmutB
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17 posted 01-11-2000 07:33 PM       View Profile for HelmutB   Email HelmutB   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit HelmutB's Home Page   View IP for HelmutB

I read the poem and found it true
For I have something here that belongs to you
The years have yet to come to make it old
But its story is foretold
Written with such softness from your heart
Like the picture that you share holding my art
Dear friend how shall I lay
What I want to say

"A Kingdom for your poetry" I say.


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

hoot_owl_rn
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Helmut...one day those pages of that book will age and turn yellow, but like friendship and fine wine, it will only get better with age  

Balladeer....coming from you kind Sir, that really brought a smile to my lips

Dark Angel...thanks hun, glad you liked it  

Rainbow Girl, Martie Marge and Scott....thank you all for your kind words  
First__Knight
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Nothing but beauty in every word here written......Simply one of if not the best work yet Ruth.  Breathtaking.......Highest class yet  

 Drive it like you stole it...LOL

Seymour Tabin
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20 posted 01-11-2000 10:42 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Dear Ruth,
I thought I had commented on this lovely poem. Well let me say now it is excellent
And I would agree with Ballader as to description. *L* Sy
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21 posted 01-11-2000 11:14 PM       View Profile for moonmoon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for moonmoon

I am speechless Hootsie.!!  The portrayed sentiments and nostalgia are so vivid to make any heart mushy..    BRAVO..!!!

Thanks for the read..!!
Andrew Scott
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22 posted 01-11-2000 11:23 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

I've yet to read Sy's, but if it led to this beautiful piece... than show me the path.  Wonderful work Lady Hoot.  

Hope you are doing well in the new year.
hoot_owl_rn
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Moonmoon....you reply brought such a smile to my face  

Seymore...thank you for your comments and even more for the inspiration for this one  

Scott...thank you so much...the New Year started off in a bit of a bind, but I am hoping for great things ahead  

David...breathtaking...I like that word in describing anything, especially my words...thank you  
Nan
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Superb, my friend.... Nice metaphor...
 
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