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Paul Hoekman
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0 posted 01-16-2000 02:38 PM       View Profile for Paul Hoekman   Email Paul Hoekman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Paul Hoekman's Home Page   View IP for Paul Hoekman

I guess it was my birthday
when it came in a box,
it said a million pieces,
but no picture on the top.

So now my life sat before me
too young and not yet able,
but as I got older,
I slowly opened the top,
and dumped it on the table.

From that moment on,
spent time spreading
out the pieces,
searched out all the corners
as well as the sides,
solid frame holds it all together,
so inside the peace can abide.

I'm just a part of a puzzle
with its own million pieces
put it all together,
try to fit it all in,
see the big picture,
as well as have lots of fun
by the time its all done.
© Copyright 2000 Paul Hoekman - All Rights Reserved
Nate Dogg
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1 posted 01-16-2000 02:44 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

Lovely poem Paul!

 Nathan
Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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2 posted 01-16-2000 02:48 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

Wonderful description of life, and its being such a puzzle!  I especially like the line "no picture on the top" and that's why my journey is so much like feeling my way in the fog, sometimes, fitting those pieces together in the dark, so to speak! I wouldn't have thought of putting it this way, though many times I write of it!  Great imagery!

[This message has been edited by Rosemary J. Gwaltney (edited 01-16-2000).]
Denise
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3 posted 01-16-2000 03:25 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Life can surely be like a puzzle! I enjoyed this, Paul!

 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~

Seymour Tabin
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4 posted 01-16-2000 04:13 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Paul,
Interesting view, enjoyed the read.
Rus Bowden
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5 posted 01-16-2000 04:42 PM       View Profile for Rus Bowden   Email Rus Bowden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Rus Bowden

Hi Paul,

Oh so clever a muse.  I could see myself putting the puzzle together.  Whew, a million pieces!

Rus
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6 posted 01-16-2000 05:54 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Such a clever idea for a poem, Paul. I salute you. The problem is we spend our whole lives putting that puzzle together only to find out at the end there was a piece or two missing!  
Martie
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...or someone comes in with their feather duster and scatters the pieces.  Enjoyed the poem and the unusual look at life.
Elizabeth Santos
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I have done a lot of jigsaw puzzles, and life is a lot more puzzling
Interesting poem, nicely written, I like it a lot
Liz
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9 posted 01-16-2000 07:23 PM       View Profile for Astraea   Email Astraea   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Astraea

Very lovely, as always.  I love puzzles, especially with no picture.  You never know what you come up with in the end, and it is always beautiful when you know you've accomplished it.  Nice.

~Astraea

 "Sometimes stars can only be seen in darkness."

"Sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier things."

whiskey
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10 posted 01-16-2000 08:10 PM       View Profile for whiskey   Email whiskey   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit whiskey's Home Page   View IP for whiskey

Paul, This is great , Life sure is a puzzel sometimes we end up pieces short , excellent poem  
devina
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11 posted 01-16-2000 10:29 PM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

Life's puzzle- a delight to some, confusing to most.  Enjoyed this much Paul...I never can quite pinpoint what's gonna pop outta that head of yours

 Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...
Eloise
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12 posted 01-16-2000 11:47 PM       View Profile for Eloise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Eloise

Excellent angle on this piece, Paul.  I enjoyed it very much.  Well written.  
Meadowmuse
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13 posted 01-17-2000 07:39 AM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Paul, really the neatest idea here! Life is so definitely a mystery, but to liken it to a jigsaw puzzle is so appropriate. I especially like

"solid frame holds it all together,
so inside the peace can abide."

You always seem to have an interesting veiwpoint!

Dear LadyClaire

catslair
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14 posted 01-17-2000 09:23 AM       View Profile for catslair   Email catslair   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for catslair

life is like a jigsaw.......and each piece plays a part.......putting it all together is the tough stuff!!
well written.....
WendyLynne
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Paul,

YOU are the solid frame of your life, and of your family's.  You are the peace keeper.  
I love this poem.

WendyLynne
Corinne
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16 posted 01-18-2000 01:29 AM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Love your style, sir!


Corinne
Nan
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17 posted 01-18-2000 08:05 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

This is a great poem.... Hehe... My puzzle has pretty much the outer edge in place... and pockets of the inside together... but I need to find some of the "connecting" pieces, ya know???
hoot_owl_rn
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18 posted 01-19-2000 12:41 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

Hopefully you're not like me and come up missing a few pieces  
Echo Rhayne
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19 posted 01-20-2000 01:53 AM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

oh how I love doing puzzles (ot about 5 of them for Christmas).  They are so much like our own lives that it sometimes scares me.  When i cant find the piece I want to a puzzle, when Im missing a piece, it sometimes gets aggrivating and seems pointless, but I keep on going with the puzzle and end up with the finished picture that I feel proud of (although sometimes pieces are missing but thats when I go to the next puzzle LoL)  All apart of life's strange 'puzzle'  great poem!


 ~*~ ^i^ ~*~ Love is such a lonely art, and death is but a taste. Minds are merely instruments that often go to waste! ~*~ ^i^ ~*~


Paul Hoekman
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20 posted 01-22-2000 11:08 PM       View Profile for Paul Hoekman   Email Paul Hoekman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Paul Hoekman's Home Page   View IP for Paul Hoekman

Thanks Everyone!
just a small piece
of the beautiful
picture we all
put together
here at the
Forum.
simplyYRREHS
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21 posted 01-22-2000 11:45 PM       View Profile for simplyYRREHS   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for simplyYRREHS

Paul~
Ironic that I am here taking a break from my own jigsaw puzzle tonite  .  Very wonderful writing, very deep in meaning.  I have always believed we are but millions of pieces, waiting to be collected, sorted, and admired in our completion.  

Sherry

 "Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads." ~Henry David Thoreau


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22 posted 01-23-2000 01:25 AM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

Paul.....Your writting is great! I think everyone feels like their life is a puzzle. You said it so well!   -SEA
One Who Understands
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23 posted 01-23-2000 02:19 AM       View Profile for One Who Understands   Email One Who Understands   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for One Who Understands

Excellent way of stepping back and looking at life in the big picture.

Great poem Paul
Paul Hoekman
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24 posted 01-24-2000 01:49 PM       View Profile for Paul Hoekman   Email Paul Hoekman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Paul Hoekman's Home Page   View IP for Paul Hoekman

OOPS!
Just found the last piece
guess it's time to help
my kids with theirs for
a while.
Thanks again everyone!
Miss Dove if you catch this
your replys are overwheming me
you make me feel like I can
actually write, Thanks!
 
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