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The Knowing Eyes

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Elizabeth Santos
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The Knowing Eyes

A weathered face baked by the sun, dark and leathery skin
And knowing eyes that hold a thousand secrets deep within
Around his eyes deep creases, marking years of strife
And others inscribe the smiles as he has laughed along at life

A fisherman by trade, a warm and gracious soul
You wonder at the experiences his sparkling eyes withhold
Of endless days of sorrow, of penances he's paid
Battles that he won and lost upon the fiercest waves

An uneducated tongue, whose words are incorrect
But the words express a wisdom so profound you wouldn't expect
Flowing from his soul is an endless well of truth
Thoughts my heart so longed for in the innocence of youth

Craving for the answers to questions on my mind
Of how to start my life and avoid the perils I might find
I asked a hundred questions, and with his smiling eyes
He proved to me how deep were his reflections and how wise

Then in a fisherman's dialect, these thoughts emerged from him
"The answers to life's questions come only from within
You must experience sorrow, before you feel delight
You cannot win a battle that you didn't begin to fight"

"To tell you what I know of life would rob your very soul
Of learning for itself the unknown truth that it extols
Your quest in life will be defined in the songs your heart has sung"
So spoke the fisherman in his uncultivated tongue

Elizabeth Santos





[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 02-08-2000).]
© Copyright 2000 Elizabeth Santos - All Rights Reserved
devina
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1 posted 02-08-2000 08:39 PM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

This was breathtaking Liz...You've described him to a tee!!!

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Martie
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What wise words from this fisherman and from you.  
Majestic
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what an awesome read this is....brilliant....thanks..

 "To live is to love; To truly LOVE is to live!" ~kg~


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What a wonderful poem about a wonderful man! Excellent, Elizabeth!  
Mistikman
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Excellent work Elizabeth   Not all intelligence is gained from books and teachers  

 I am not a poet, I am merely one who speaks in emotion
Paul Hoekman
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This is beautiful
AS ALWAYS!
but I must be out of the loop.
Who are you describing?
After re-reading is it Martie?
and Yes Regis that would be my final answer.


[This message has been edited by Paul Hoekman (edited 02-09-2000).]
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It would seem knowing you....is knowing him.  Maybe that is what is intended.  Your words lay in so many layers Liz. Done well.

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Good grief gal! And you swear you're not Balladeer in drag...right?....
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Your poetry is so wonderful, your words make it all come to life in such a special way
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Another great one, Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Santos
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Thank you all for your responses. Sorry if this poem confused you, but it is a true story. It is about a Brazilian fisherman that I met when I was young and heard him talking. So I sat down and asked him some questions and this is what he told me, of course in my own words. I just put it to poetry. People who are poverty stricken and uneducated are often very intelligent and wise, and certainly more experienced in life.
Thanks for the kind responses
Liz

[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 02-09-2000).]
Echo Rhayne
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Liz, wonderful story, thank you for sharing it with us!

 Did Jesus laugh?
I think He did,
'cause He was once
a little kid;
and all of us
were made with joy
both sugar-spice girl
and snake-snail boy!
Adriahh
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This is my first reply, I'm no poet expert.
I don't know much of anything about it, I do prefer poems that rhyme, not always about love and obsession and darkness, thankyou  It's refreshing.
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I do not know how to type stunned silence.
This struck a chord deep in me...you write so beautifully, it almost depresses me.  (Just jealous.)
Elizabeth Santos
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Thank you echo, Adriahh and serenity, I appreciate your comments very much
Liz
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I continue to be captivated by your writing, Elizabeth.
Mike
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Unequivocally, without question, and if I am not making myself clear...  loved the poem.
Tasi
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Elizabeth your imagery is increadible.What a lovely read.Thankyou
Marge Tindal
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Elizabeth, my friend-
The knowing eyes of the fisherman did not blink.  I swear I could almost hear him through your imagery.

You have a mastery of image that is remarkable.
What a tale you've taken the time to share with us ... we will all be richer for it.
Thank you for this captivating poem.
~*Marge*~


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Gemini
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The lessons to learn from one well traveled, you paint a beautiful poem here.  Thank you.
Elizabeth Santos
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My poet friends,
I am surprised at the responses to this poem, which was written several months ago. It's been difficult for me to write lately, and I feel I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel in posting. I'm honored that you like this poem, but am surprised.
Thanks so much for such lovely comments.
Liz
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Liz, this blows all away! Most EXCELLENT work! WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!  I am amazed at your writing, and the depth, and WOW!

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Which way is right for you,
Stop and softly ask yourself,
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This is wonderful!! How could you ever be surprised that everyone loves it?!? Your words are the pearls that form a necklace of verse more wonderful than any other. Lovely poem!!

Love and hugs,
Lizzie


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