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He Cries

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Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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0 posted 02-13-2000 02:42 AM       View Profile for Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Email Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Rosemary J. Gwaltney's Home Page   View IP for Rosemary J. Gwaltney


He cries
Each time I walk the bitter halls,
And find him held within those walls.
His eyes gone dim still see my face,
He knows my voice, and my embrace...
He cries.
~ ~ ~
His strength
I knew all of my living's years;
In all that time he shed no tears.
My father sturdy as a stone
Has tender grown, has tender grown;
Lost strength.
~ ~ ~
His time
Kaleidoscoped into my hand;
Weeks trickling slowly as the sand;
Aware of all, remembering some;
So precious have his days become ...
His time ...



 ...Living is ever like crossing rivers; finding a new life on each shore ... RJG


© Copyright 2000 Rosemary J. Gwaltney - All Rights Reserved
Wizzard
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1 posted 02-13-2000 02:46 AM       View Profile for Wizzard   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Wizzard

Rosemary I didn`t get the chance to know my father.
You have givin me something to think about here..
Very nice poem Rosemary....Thank You and God bless you both  

 Today is the first day of the rest of my life.


[This message has been edited by Wizzard (edited 02-17-2000).]
lucky
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2 posted 02-13-2000 03:38 AM       View Profile for lucky   Email lucky   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for lucky

RJ'
You know he was my best teacher in printshop back in school, your mother's my best english teacher and holds a candle next to none. You are my love and your emotions I feel so strong, But with "His" help we'll find what is needed to carry on.

My All...

 
Christopher
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Purgatorial Incarceration


3 posted 02-13-2000 03:40 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Wow...cool and sad at the same time. I am always amazed when you can give a poem the qualities you wish to portray!

 Hope the dream.
Wish the future.
Live the now.


christies heart
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4 posted 02-13-2000 03:57 AM       View Profile for christies heart   Email christies heart   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for christies heart

This is wonderful and brought tears to my eyes (which is not a daily thing). It touched me in many ways. Most specifically because I wish I knew what it would be like, and how my life would have been different, if I had a Father anywhere close to this. You are blessed and wonderfully aware of it. It also touched me because of the memories I do have of watching my own Father fade away, never being able to make sense of the life he lived, never reconciling the pain he caused with the love I still had for him. Great work.
White Wolf
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Somewhere in the vast wastelan


5 posted 02-13-2000 05:02 AM       View Profile for White Wolf   Email White Wolf   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for White Wolf

I love this poem.  I do not relish the day when my own father has to go through this.  All I know is that I will be there for him dispite our past.  Again, great poem.  It has touched me.

SD


 If dying is the process of living life to its end.
Then what is living?

Munda
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You managed to capture a special feeling here. Very well done Rosemary. It touched me deeply.
Mike
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7 posted 02-13-2000 08:24 AM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

My father sturdy as a stone
has tender grown, has tender grown;

Thank you for sharing your poem with us.
Nan
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Rosemary, this is a wonderful tribute to your father - It's not easy to watch our parents succumb to the tribulations of age - and yet we've no choice, do we?
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9 posted 02-13-2000 11:27 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

Rosemary, my friend-
How tenderly you hold your father's
love in the palm of your hand,
folding it into your heart.
My prayers are with you, dear friend.
Love ~*Marge*~



 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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Martie
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Such a poem you have written Rosemary, making my memories of my own farther weep.  Hugs to you and your dear heart. Check your e mail--I've been trying to send to both addresses.

Breathe~
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11 posted 02-13-2000 12:27 PM       View Profile for Breathe~   Email Breathe~   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Breathe~

This poem touched...and scared me...

I love my father so much...and would be lost without him...I guess I like to see him as immortal...he means so much to me...

Thank you...this is wonderful... )


 Freedom of expression is the watch word...

devina
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12 posted 02-13-2000 03:39 PM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

This is sad and beautiful at the same time Rose...I'm glad to see you posting again...a lovely tribute to your father!!!!

 Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...
HelmutB
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13 posted 02-13-2000 04:31 PM       View Profile for HelmutB   Email HelmutB   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit HelmutB's Home Page   View IP for HelmutB

Rosemary
Plain and simple might not says it all
but this is brilliantly done


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

tracie66
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14 posted 02-17-2000 05:04 AM       View Profile for tracie66   Email tracie66   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit tracie66's Home Page   View IP for tracie66

Rosemary you have a touching voice...A very heartfelt poem....Tracie
Glorfindel
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15 posted 02-17-2000 05:37 AM       View Profile for Glorfindel   Email Glorfindel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Glorfindel

It touched me. I recently lost someone close to me, and this spelled it out....good stuff.



 Let winds rage, seas boil and years curse,
My love shal live everyoung in my verse.
passing shadows
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