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The Many Faces of Me

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Skyfyre
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0 posted 02-09-2000 02:12 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Skyfyre

I am the one who bears uncounted names,
The masks I wear are myriad and wild;
I am the Seeker, tireless, untamed,
Who hurries homeward ev'ry straying child.

I am the Saint, whose eyes in sorrow weep
To see the evil deeds that Men perform;
The Haven found, the proud and peerless Keep
That offers refuge in the fiercest storm.

I am the Bane of Demons, warrior strong,
Dispatching Darkness with my shining blade;
I am the Sage, whose memory is long,
And from my whispered words are legends made.

I am the Scholar, keeper of the Tome
That scribes the tales of all who came before;
I am the Hearth, the spirit of the home
Where all may come, and find an open door.

I am the Healer, she whose gentle hand
Can mend all wounds, and soothe the scars of past;
I am the Rock, whose fortitude shall stand
Inviolate, ‘til Time has breathed his last.

And I am Peace, the still and silent sea
That thwarts the storm of strife with careless calm;
So many masks, and ev'ry one is me –
But those who know them all just call me "Mom."


For all of those who started reading this expecting something else, I apologize.  I was struck with a bit of an epiphany today at the hands of my beautiful children, and it ocurred to me how many mothers out there might not realize the sanctity and profundity of the title they bear.  I dedicate this poem to these women -- may it serve as a tribute to you and a reminder to those around you.
                                     --Kess





 Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange...


--William Shakespeare, from The Tempest

© Copyright 2000 Linda Anderson - All Rights Reserved
JOY 14
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1 posted 02-09-2000 02:16 PM       View Profile for JOY 14   Email JOY 14   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JOY 14's Home Page   View IP for JOY 14

Ah, motherhood, possibly the toughest but most rewarding job in the world.  Or so I've heard!  Great job.  Your ending explains it all.  

Joy
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2 posted 02-09-2000 02:18 PM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

Kess~ as a mother and home schooler of 3, I related to this as if my heart wrote it. Thank you so very much. This is wonderful! -SEA
Eloise
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3 posted 02-09-2000 02:24 PM       View Profile for Eloise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Eloise

Kess, this is so well written.  After reading your comment I went back for a second read and realized just how true those words are. Thanks.
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4 posted 02-09-2000 02:42 PM       View Profile for wayoutwalt   Email wayoutwalt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wayoutwalt

i miss muh mom she died yuh....great poem
Danny Holloway
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5 posted 02-09-2000 03:35 PM       View Profile for Danny Holloway   Email Danny Holloway   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Danny Holloway

Another wonderful poem from your talented pen.
"So many masks, and ev'ry one is me".
Never truer words spoken!
Great poem!
Danny
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6 posted 02-09-2000 03:43 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Kess, this is brilliant work, through and through. Your message is delivered in such a unique way, yet quite fundamental in its meaning. Excellent writing, and brimming with truth.

Claire
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7 posted 02-09-2000 04:16 PM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

I honestly didn't know what to expect with a title like that Kess, thought you might devulge some nastly lil secrets..hehe...but this is very touching!!!

 Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...
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8 posted 02-09-2000 05:02 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Like a dose of good medicine to this weary mom.  Thank you, thank you for reminding me...   This one goes on the refrigerator, if I can find an opening, that is...
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9 posted 02-09-2000 05:49 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Kess if ever there was a poem describing motherhood, you've done it! Being a mother myself I wanna send you one BIG Thank You, for a tribute to all moms!

 <*\\\><

When you can't make up your mind
Which way is right for you,
Stop and softly ask yourself,
What Would Jesus Do?
Rex Allen McCoy
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10 posted 02-09-2000 05:52 PM       View Profile for Rex Allen McCoy   Email Rex Allen McCoy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rex Allen McCoy's Home Page   View IP for Rex Allen McCoy

This is a great poem.
My mom helps me with my homework.
She takes me shopping.
She helps me bake and she is my best friend.

Jenn
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11 posted 02-09-2000 06:11 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Excellent writing, Kess. A mother is definitely all this...and more. A child would be lucky to have you as a mom  
Martie
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12 posted 02-09-2000 07:24 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Wonderful writing Kess, and a surprise at the end which I find so appropriate.  
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13 posted 02-09-2000 07:52 PM       View Profile for HelmutB   Email HelmutB   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit HelmutB's Home Page   View IP for HelmutB

It never fails to emaze me how well you put this in words.
It flows so well yet it is a heavy subject
Motherhood never seems to be easy
Well done Kess

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

Elizabeth Santos
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14 posted 02-09-2000 07:53 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Thank you for this brilliant tribute to motherhood. It is also a mirror of your soul, and that makes it even more beautiful
Liz
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15 posted 02-09-2000 07:56 PM       View Profile for fool   Email fool   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for fool

lovely work,you got your point
across in such a beautiful fashion,
well done.
Gemini
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16 posted 02-09-2000 10:26 PM       View Profile for Gemini   Email Gemini   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gemini

Thank you for describing motherhood so well.
Very beautiful.
Christopher
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17 posted 02-10-2000 03:27 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Uh-huh!

See, I'm not the only one with multiple personalities!!! Now why is it I get berated for it, huh???

Seriously though Kess, this speaks volumes of truth. I know my mom's capable of amazing feats! (She had to put up with me for one!!!)
Skyfyre
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18 posted 02-10-2000 03:40 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

Joy, SEA, Eloise:  Glad you enjoyed, and kudos to you all.    

walt:  I am so sorry to hear that; may this help you to cherish her memory.

Danny:  So that's the culprit -- my talented pen!  I was wondering ...     But seriously, thank you.    

Claire:  Just wanted to remind everyone of the little things we tend to forget.  The fundamentals, as you say.    

devina:  I divulge my dirty little secrets in ADULT, dear, not in Open!  Sheesh!    

serenity, WhtDove:  hugs to you both, you deserve them.    

Rex:  There ya go, proof for my hypothesis.  Give her a hug for me!  

Bal:  Thank you, tell that to my kids!      Just kidding -- I consider myself lucky to BE their mom ...

Helmut, Liz, fool, Gemini:  Thank you all, just a little introspection on a page -- glad you enjoyed!

Christopher (you brat):  Trust you to take something like this and twist it beyond all recognition!  Humph!  LOL  

Anyway, as far as the multiple personalities thing -- I don't berate you for THAT, I just do it cause its so gosh darned FUN ... hehehe    

Smooches all (cept Chris, who gets a  :0P)

--Kess




[This message has been edited by Skyfyre (edited 02-10-2000).]
Corinne
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19 posted 02-10-2000 04:02 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Quite a twist and the end, there!

And, power to us moms! Yea!

Corinne

Nan
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20 posted 02-11-2000 08:07 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

... Very well said..

...What God has made of motherhood - Let no man put asunder...
Mike
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21 posted 02-11-2000 08:26 AM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

I do so enjoy reading your poetry.
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22 posted 02-11-2000 08:45 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

Kess...you've paid a wonderful tribute to mothers everywhere with this one...thank you  
JennyLee
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23 posted 02-13-2000 01:05 PM       View Profile for JennyLee   Email JennyLee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JennyLee

I am the Scholar, keeper of the Tome
That scribes the tales of all who came before;
I am the Hearth, the spirit of the home
Where all may come, and find an open door.

Love your insight and the rare gift you have presented with this one Kess  


Jennifer L.
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24 posted 02-14-2000 12:00 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

Kess-
This mother's heart thanks you for
recognizing all of us.
Yes, we are fortunate enough to
wear the SuperWoman Cape along
with those masks.


 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
noles1@totcon.com


 
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