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I Feel Brand New

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Martie
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I Feel Brand New

Along the cracked patio
the cement is algae green
and a Johnny jump up is poking its head,
small and bright from the asphalt.

Bent and taking glory
from small promises
of spring
this gardener
grips and pulls and piles
from the soggy earth
glorious weed’s rampant climb.

I can cut the wet logs
for a smoky fire come evening
where this hearth is heart.
I feel brand new,
this day is so familiar.

Where are the voices,
spilling play of children
darting in the tumble
that was this morning’s glory?
I am so full of the vibrancy
of their curled and blond youth
that I am watchful and on guard.

No, that time has passed me
and stained this place
where I stand in easing-back ink
that I see now is blurring
even as I read.

The lawn that is covered
with new leaf and berry
is as familiar as a lullaby
that rocks time into believing
it is safe from moving.

It is only this day
that is brand new.
Truth is as apparent
as my blue-veined hands.



 In the dew of little things,
the heart finds its morning
and is refreshed.
(ee cummings)
© Copyright 2000 Martie Odell-Ingebretsen - All Rights Reserved
KathieO
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1 posted 02-29-2000 05:07 PM       View Profile for KathieO   Email KathieO   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for KathieO

Great stuff Martie! Cycles too can be freshing and brand new....your attitude was definatley brand new, that's whats counts....how we start each day.
KathieO
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2 posted 02-29-2000 05:18 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

But gardening does tend to rejuvenate... *S* I can't be young again... but I can still rejoice in the growing. This is lovely!
Elizabeth Santos
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3 posted 02-29-2000 05:21 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

MARTIE!!! Second to the last verse, ABSOLUTELY EXQUISITE, as is the entire poem.
You continue to leave me breathless with your talent.
Liz

[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 02-29-2000).]
Mike
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4 posted 02-29-2000 05:50 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

How I envy your ability to write free verse...    Absolutely wonderful... flows so smoothly.
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Move over Mike, make a little room for me, okay?...Martie, nothing can be said of perfection, so I will merely thank you for the touching gift you've shared with this poem. Each day is brand new, and each day after.

~ Claire
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6 posted 02-29-2000 08:59 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Beautiful, Martie! Excellent writing! I can relate to that feeling so well, too!  

Denise
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Kathy O--Circles are my favorite shape and so are new days.  Thanks for reading and comenting.

Suthern--you are so right...rejoyce in the growing.  Thank you.

Liz--To leave you breathless leaves me breathless.  What a wonderful compliment.

Mike--I am the one with envy for you.

Claire--A wonderful compliment from such a poet as  yourself.

Denise--Thank you--you are great at understanding.
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