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Michael
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0 posted 02-23-2000 01:39 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Michael

SOLITAIRE


Sitting alone at the kitchen table,
Slouched uncomfortably in the chair.
By the dimness of light, barely able
To attempt a game of solitaire.
For a second reckoned I a knocking,
But, alas, believing nothing there.
Deemed it to the timely ticking, tocking
Of a wall clock measuring despair.

The game, in itself, my life reflecting.
I kept turning cards, but could play none.
Where frustration or Fate interjecting,
Was drawn the notion to misplay one.
Sweet anticipation turning the pile,
I counted down four instead of three.
A glimmer of hope yielding me a smile
In wonder of which card I may see.

Where a king would well fill that empty spot,
Or an ace start an uplifting trend.
It seemed my life, at least my game, in thought,
Could surely fit most any card in.
Whence from Darkness I heard such a screeching,
That from the game my attentions tore.
"I know I locked it!", (memory's beseeching),
Left me sure it couldn't be the door.

So I passed it off as the trickery
Of Night on a weary head portrayed.
Looking down to the card of mystery,
Looking up at me, the Queen of Spades.
I felt a chill coursing through my body,
The hair on my neck running amuck.
Feeling as if someone stood over me,
By this unfortunate run of luck.

In the eerie silence the room had drawn,
I felt distraught, something was missing.
Something I couldn't place my finger on,
Alas, the wall clock had stopped ticking.
There it hit me, though not superstitious,
All the meanings for which this card stood.
As I felt the hand of the pernicious,
Turning to see robe, scythe, and hood.

Stumbling backwards I fell against the wall.
As I tried to look upon his face.
Coming to grief, seeing nothing at all,
His hood withheld but an empty space.
Yet skeletal arms reached to the table,
To a body face flat in my chair.
Fear in darkened depths I cannot label
Holding my screams to silent despair.

I felt his coldness, hands within my chest,
Pulling at the soul of my being.
Never once able to voice my protest,
Did I believe what I was seeing.
Over my soul sprinkling a sparkling dust,
My soul ‘er glowing within his hand.
I found myself inspiring to trust,
By a soft touch I would not be damned.

Looking up, he released my soul to fly.
There, I floated before him on air.
But by tilted head I saw Darkness cry.
As my soul sank to the devil's lair.
Where past decisions rain constant shards
Of forsaken Love, of tempted Fate.
Reminding me life is no game of cards,
My friend, I bid you, play yours straight!

Michael Anderson


It's true, Love lasts forever,
Only her memory slips away.





[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 02-23-2000).]
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Michael~ WOW!! Powerful.-SEA
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"I counted down four instead of three."

How I love that line.  Incredible Michael.
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Michael~
You're playing with a full deck for sure.
Yeah !  
~*Marge*~




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4 posted 02-23-2000 03:16 AM       View Profile for tracie66   Email tracie66   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit tracie66's Home Page   View IP for tracie66

Michael I loved this piece, particularly the last stanza...tracie

[This message has been edited by tracie66 (edited 02-23-2000).]
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5 posted 02-23-2000 04:28 AM       View Profile for Mistikman   Email Mistikman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mistikman

This is exceptional Michael. I think it might have given me inspiration for a poem of my own. We will see what develops I guess, last time I thought I had inspiration it came out a horrible mess   Anyways, as I said before, great poem, I loved it.
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6 posted 02-23-2000 05:21 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

This is the Michael I know
This is his talent on full display
This is poetry at its finest
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7 posted 02-23-2000 06:07 AM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Speechless here, jaw about reaching the floor in amazement, this is awesome.
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ahhh though the temptation to cheat when we play is great,the victory is always sweeter when we play fair. Nothing good comes to us when we take the easy road but when the battle is fairly won, we have the greatest victory. Beautifully written Michael.
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Wow...this leaves me nearly speechless. You've done a wonderful job here...in some ways it reminded me of Poe's "The Raven"
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10 posted 02-23-2000 12:41 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Michael,
True it reminded me of poe, but this was your own and the talent it showed was yours.
Wonderful job Michael.
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Gripping tale from start to finish! Well done, Michael!

Denise
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12 posted 02-23-2000 04:52 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

...do we play the hand that fate seems to have dealt...or do we demand a new deck of cards...
at this point...I'd even settle for a good shuffle...

in awe of you again...amazing...
take care, janet marie



 ...every moment of every day...
your still with me in every way.
every poem and song...
every rhyme and verse...
your still here...like a beautiful curse.

Janet Marie

*I miss you baby...
I love you, always.*


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Wow, this is awesome writing!
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I have read alot of your work for the past few week`s and I`m always amazed at just how much talent you have.
Nice work.
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15 posted 02-23-2000 07:46 PM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

This was powerful Michael...you hinted about the haunted door from an earlier poem (the one that scared me half crazy!!) and my hair stood on end again!!! This poem tangles many emotions together...I LOVED it!!!

 Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...
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I thought this was another one of those, I was gonna say did they follow you?  WOW, chilling and just wow!  You've left me in a lot of that here lately! AWE!
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17 posted 02-24-2000 01:30 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

I know this was kinda lengthy so thanks to all who've read it all the way through.  


Marge - I think someone slipped and extra joker in sometimes...LOL


Mistikman, I hope I have inspired a poem within you, would love to see it...LMK

Marilyn, I suppose victory would be greater if one never cheated....not that I'd cheat in anything but I kind of believe in that "Nice Guys Finish Last" syndrome and hey, I'm a nice guy.

Hoot & Sy, there could be no greater compliment (for me) than that.

Janet Marie, I'm up for an entirely new game - throw the cards away...let's roll the dice a little....

Devina, much was tangled up in this one for sure.  Glad I could get your hair up again...LOL


Thanks everyone, for the kind replies.


michael

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18 posted 02-24-2000 10:11 PM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

As soon as I started reading this, I used the rhythm of Poe's "The Raven". . . try it!

Very good Michael. . . I can see that you have found your outlet. . .

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--Victor Frankl

 
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