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Martie
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0 posted 01-29-2000 07:34 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

(This is a poem that I'm so happy to say is a finalist in the Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Contest)
  Thanks for the continued support of this friendship place!

Never mine

I held you once,
a small miracle
attached and expelled
from the most intimate
part of me,
but you were never mine.

You dreamed beside
a yellow cat,
flailed your tiny arms
beside a warm mouth of
purrr,
soft and unafraid
each.

You gave no cry
for attention,
small specks of dust
and wee clenched fist
held your interest,
and the clamor of activity around
absorbed your need.


As you grew
a map unfolded behind
your green gaze
that passed me
and traveled away
into distant dreams.

There
you listened and spoke
with many voices
before you learned your own.
There
time granted you grace
to fill up the space
your soul occupies.

I watched as you
accepted the miracle
of moon and stars,
made things happen
with your hands,
grasped truth,
were angered by deception,
knew love,
accepted failure
and discovered the strength
of determination.

I held you once,
a small miracle
attached and expelled
from the most intimate
part of me,
but, you were never really mine.

Still, wanting to touch some part of you
I reached out to grasp your hand
and through some trick of time and mind
you had become a man.


© Copyright 2000 Martie Odell-Ingebretsen - All Rights Reserved
Denise
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1 posted 01-29-2000 07:48 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

So this is the one! Absolutely, beautiful, Martie! You are so deserving of this! Congratulations!!  

Denise
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2 posted 01-29-2000 08:11 PM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

My congrats, Martie...let us know how it goes!!! This poem is one of my favorites...good luck!!!

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Marge Tindal
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3 posted 01-30-2000 04:20 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

Martie-
Easy to see why it was a winner.
Truly a wonderful happening you've
taken time to pen.
Will look for it on that site.
Love ~*Marge*~



 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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4 posted 01-30-2000 04:26 AM       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

Oh, Martie, tears.  Tears.  I thought at first it would be a poem to a child who died, but then it turned out to be to a child who lived, and grew up and left ... and I have known both; and both bring me tears.

Thank you for your tender, searching, yearning, beautiful gift.
Elizabeth Santos
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5 posted 01-30-2000 04:31 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Exquisite. This is so warming to the spirit.
Congratulations, a well deserved honor.
Liz
Roniece Dawson-Bruce
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6 posted 01-30-2000 04:58 AM       View Profile for Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Email Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Roniece Dawson-Bruce

I loved reading this work of yours - waht talent - congratulations and good luck in the finals!          .....Roniece.....
Munda
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7 posted 01-30-2000 08:09 AM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

I was searching for this one. It's beautiful Martie !! Congratulations again ! Keeping my fingers crossed for you.....good luck  
LngJhnAg
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8 posted 01-30-2000 08:33 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

martie - this is wonderful - it brings such longing for my own children - it touches oarts of me that are not supposed to be touched if I am to remain strong and silent - great job, little one
Buffpimp
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9 posted 01-30-2000 10:05 AM       View Profile for Buffpimp   Email Buffpimp   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Buffpimp

This is very good.  No wonder it is a finalist.  Tell me how it goes.  And not all men are insensitive  .  Good luck
Sally S.
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10 posted 02-03-2000 10:28 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

Congratulations!!!!  Very well deserved.  Let us know what's happening!!  
Mike
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11 posted 02-03-2000 11:26 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Now that your famous, I hope you still have time for peons like me...  *smile*
that is wonderful Martie, congratulations!!!
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