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A Place of Words and Upturned Rapture

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Martie
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A place of words and upturned rapture

The crackle of a turned page
someone clearing their throat
thoughts zipping
in and out of sections
skidding across tables
zapping from computer terminals
perfume of knowledge
surrounded him
crisp and clean
with an edge of the dusty history
everything hushed and polished.

From the window gazing
the  mountains closed in his vision
like he could walk there
to the place of Manzanita
its red-barked graceful trunk
and yellow Scotch Broom
abandoned down the hillside
falling from boulders painted
red and black with graffiti
He knew in mind
A twisted scrub-lined road
with pine trees that were smog damaged.

Oh, but the same book was open
on the table he gazed upon
the page again and again
to keep his hands from shaking
and his heart quiet
the mountains
in a place he had never been
a place of big trees
meadows of clean air
golden craggy peaks
longing
cast a shadow across his soul.

The sun was setting
those beloved doors closed
the cement steps
the clock tower
even the sidewalk
were stained
colored mauve
and violet windows watched.

The high craggy peaks
of cement and concrete
steal and glass
at this moment captured
the rosy glowing countenance
of the sky.

He saw buildings instead of trees
but there was that same
reverent hush around him
as he had felt in the library
had seen in his mind
holding hands in upturned rapture.



 In the dew of little things,
the heart finds its morning
and is refreshed.
(ee cummings)
© Copyright 2000 Martie Odell-Ingebretsen - All Rights Reserved
Pepper
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I just love your work Martie..I can always see through your eyes vividly whatever you are describing ...and I can smell and feel...your imagery is most exquisite! I love how the beauty of nature is portrayed in alot of your poetry...you paint such gorgeous canvas!
This piece is stunning...
Marge Tindal
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2 posted 01-15-2000 05:41 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

Martie-

How do you do it?
I so admire the picturesque
scenes you paint with your words.
This is so lovely ... it just
blows me away.
You seem to take me to places
I know I have not been.  
And then .... maybe I have.
Wonderful.  Just wonderful.
~*Marge*~

 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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Mike
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You do have a way of expressing yourself...
Wonderfully done...
Meadowmuse
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4 posted 01-15-2000 07:24 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

"and violet windows watched"
    ....absolutely love this line, Martie. I have felt that reverence at sunset, even from within the midst of a busy city streetside. There were a few precious evenings as I would emerge, this late fall, from the hulking medical complex in the heart of the city, where I was staying in Hospice with my sister, and nearly melt in the beauty of the late~day's flood of amber and burgundy. Such loveliness and splendor juxtaposed against the devastation grimly taking place within the building...there were times when it was nearly overwhelming.  
Your poem brought it all back, and I thank you for such a touching read. Beautiful.  
  

Claire
Elizabeth Santos
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5 posted 01-15-2000 07:27 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Martie,
This is "classic Martie" at her exquisite best.
Liz
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Hi Martie,

Just enough said and so well.  What a marvelous poem!  Who is this that inspired you so?  I admire the character you've written.

Rus
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7 posted 01-15-2000 10:43 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

So wonderful, Martie! You always paint a lovely picture!!

 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~

Martie
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8 posted 01-16-2000 02:14 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Pepper-Thankyou for the eyes that read where I am going.

Marge-I am always so pleased after reading your comments.

Mike-I appreciate you and your poetry, thanks for reading mine.

Meadowmuse-you have made a new picture from mine--how wonderful.  Thankyou.

Liz-"classic Martie"--what a wonderful thing to say--made me smile.

Rus-The character is from a piece of fiction I am writing--and he is quite a character.  Thankyou for your admiration.

Denise-thankyou for always viewing my artwork.
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