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God Takes and Gives (For Rainbow)

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 01-15-2000 07:58 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

Something Rainbow said to me one time inspired this little poem, which was written hurriedly this morning (excuse the quality). But it refers to how my life has changed since being diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease. This is devastating to many, but in truth has not been to me. I am much richer for it.

God Gives and Takes

For everything God takes away
It seems He gives back even more
A hundred favors in a day
Of wonders to be thankful for

He took away my lively gait
Perhaps I was too in a rush
He slowed me down so I could hear
The morning song of feathered thrush

So I could witness every bloom
And every bud along the way
Every petal opening
It's velvet wing to light of day

He took away my steady hand
Which wrote in fine calligraphy
But gave a keyboard full of words
To write these lines of poetry

He opened up the skies to me
He gave me friends around the world
For everything He took away
A finer gift was then unfurled

He took away the ability
To walk a distance, run a mile
But then replaced it with a gift
An inner happiness and smile

He takes the words from out my head
And slows me down in simple speech
But fills my soul with endless joy
Which always seemed beyond my reach

He gradually takes my life from me
In little steps, in little parts
But gives it back to me in love
A thousand fold to fill my heart

He's taken all my strength from me
But gave a love to so uplift
That nothing I could ever give
Would compensate this wondrous gift

Elizabeth Santos
Please, no need to respond to this poem. It was only meant as a message to those who may think that any illness or disability is a curse - not so


[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 01-15-2000).]
© Copyright 2000 Elizabeth Santos - All Rights Reserved
HelmutB
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1 posted 01-15-2000 08:26 AM       View Profile for HelmutB   Email HelmutB   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit HelmutB's Home Page   View IP for HelmutB

Very good for a hurriedly written piece
I wonder what mine would look like if i would. I'm sorry to read about Parkinsons. All the best to you and God bless. I know how you feel and know what you wrote. You've done it so nice. Thank you Elizabeth.

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

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2 posted 01-15-2000 08:37 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Sorry! Can't do the 'no response' thing! First, your poem is marvelous! Second, you are so right in what you say... there are so many things we are given in life that we choose to see as a curse...without looking beyond that to find the reason we were afflicted....I believe there is a reason for everything that happens..we have to find that reason. Yours is plain..the love you are receiving and the love you are giving in your poetry.  
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3 posted 01-15-2000 08:49 AM       View Profile for Tarzzan   Email Tarzzan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tarzzan

This is not a response....This is a test of the PIP emergency reponse box....Do not adjust your monitor. If this had been a real response it would have said: "This is an extremely well written thought provoking piece of work."
Elizabeth Santos
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4 posted 01-15-2000 09:09 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

I am not responding to your responses, wouldn't think of it. Just because I read each one carefully and with appreciation, I wouldn't think of thanking all three of you for your reaction to this poem, nor would I let you know how wonderful it is that someone shares my sense of humor.
Love
Liz
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5 posted 01-15-2000 09:26 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Elizabeth:  Sometimes when someone says something, you're never sure if they're listening, not only were you listening but the interpretation is superb and the gift of words couldn't have gone to someone nicer...so what I said is true!..

KUDOS

HUGS



 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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6 posted 01-15-2000 09:38 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I wouldn't dream of responding... *S* I'll just sit here and read again a beautiful poem that's not only well written but filled with such wisdom... some brick walls we run into aren't endings but an opportunity to discover a new path. *S*
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7 posted 01-15-2000 10:16 AM       View Profile for whiskey   Email whiskey   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit whiskey's Home Page   View IP for whiskey

Im not responding just reading , If I were to respond Id say this is a very good poem   love and peace to you  
Martie
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8 posted 01-15-2000 11:47 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

In non response I think to myself, but accidently typed, I think your words define wisdom. Can't wait to meet you!

 In the dew of little things,
the heart finds its morning
and is refreshed.
(ee cummings)
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9 posted 01-15-2000 11:58 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

Oh, Elizabeth, my friend-

I respond to the truth and beauty
of the words penned from a heart
that knows the gifts of her Maker.

Your insight is the light reflected
from your heart.
What a wonderful lady you are.
Love you .... ~Marge~


 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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Elizabeth Santos
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10 posted 01-15-2000 12:11 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Well, now I must respond.

Rainbow, I always listen to what you say, because it is always something meaningful. Thank you for your words.

Suthern, I couldn't agree with you more
Thanks for the comment

whiskey, thank you for not responding, and I'll drink a toast to your love and peace

Martie, The anticipation is mutual, dear poet. Thank you

Marge, thanks, dear for your response to this poem, I know that you know what I know. Not everybody does, you know.
Love ya,
Liz
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11 posted 01-15-2000 12:21 PM       View Profile for Nate Dogg   Email Nate Dogg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nate Dogg's Home Page   View IP for Nate Dogg

Liz, I apologize for responding but I had to say that this is a brilliant poem giving the short amount of time you had. Everything you've said about God is true and may God bless you!

 Nathan
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12 posted 01-15-2000 01:25 PM       View Profile for Songbird   Email Songbird   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Songbird's Home Page   View IP for Songbird

This is proof that you can take a lemon and make lemonaid.  So beautifully written.
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13 posted 01-15-2000 01:32 PM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

That's okay, me and Tarzzan responded to your poem, though it was requested we not....and you didn't give me, um, er, uh, us a personal response to our response that we weren't supposed to give....That's okay, I'll, um, uh, we'll get over it...After all, it was only a test anyhow.....Besides, the "Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away"...right?....(sniff, pout, wiping the tears of neglect right off my cheek)....
Elizabeth Santos
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14 posted 01-15-2000 02:37 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Nathan, Look s like we are in step. Glad you liked the poem
Liz

Septsong, And I love lemonade. Thank you
Liz

Toerag, See, I am responding to your response and not to Tarzzan's because he's kind of cute but doesn't match your sense of humor. Actually, I had it all figured out this afternoon. Boy that poet grapevine is swift flowing. Thanks, dear, for the comments
Liz
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15 posted 01-15-2000 02:45 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

I'm not responding either Liz...but if I were....much wisdom and spirit in this piece...
Beautiful Liz
Nan
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16 posted 01-15-2000 04:45 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Well, the heck with you, Elizabeth - I'm responding, like it or NOT!!!

I happen to think the message you give us her is one that everyone who feels they've gotten the short end of the stick should hear... and everybody else too, for that matter!!!!
Elizabeth Santos
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17 posted 01-15-2000 07:12 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Pepper
Thanks for your kind comment, oh, and did I hear you say you were getting a computer?
Liz

Nan, Thank you for responding, and I liked your response.
Liz
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18 posted 01-15-2000 07:45 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Elizabeth, I echo all of the above comments, but especially Nan's. This is a beautiful poem, God Bless You Elizabeth!!

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


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19 posted 01-15-2000 07:55 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

You, are a gift from God, to all of us, Elizabeth!! Beautiful, beautiful poem!  
...ooops...did I just respond?!  

 Denise

And slight is the sting of his trouble
Whose winnings are less than his worth;
For he who is honest is noble,
Whatever his fortunes or birth.~~~Alice Cary, ~Nobility~


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20 posted 01-15-2000 08:16 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Elizabeth, this is not a response...it's a reaction.  


WoW!! What a message!



Claire
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21 posted 01-15-2000 10:54 PM       View Profile for Rus Bowden   Email Rus Bowden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Rus Bowden

Hi Liz,

This is the first I've written to you in this thread, so it's a sponse, not a response (as it were), attesting to my jaw that has dropped onto the keyboard while I read your poem.  (All the good jokes were taken...  This is a tremendous poem.  You should write hurriedly every morning.)

Rus
Elizabeth Santos
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22 posted 01-15-2000 10:57 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Dark Angel, Denise and meadowmuse, to all of you dear poet friends, I am happy to see your reaction because it is true that I am so very fortunate and am privileged to be blessed in so many ways that far outway any challenges placed before me. And besides, I'm having fun!
Love ya,
LIz
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23 posted 01-16-2000 08:52 PM       View Profile for Justbleu   Email Justbleu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Justbleu's Home Page   View IP for Justbleu

Wow so very true Liz!!  I am happy that you seem to have found peace!!  I hope to find a peace within myself!!

Take Care
Bridgette
Elizabeth Santos
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24 posted 01-16-2000 09:07 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Rus,
  When someone as yourself compliments my poem, It is truly an honor. Your poetry is exquisite.
liz

Bridgette
Thank so much for reading and for your comment
Liz

 
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