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Skyfyre
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0 posted 03-01-2000 12:07 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Skyfyre

"Two parts of one," we always said, when any wondered
What magic held us close in love so many seasons;
No end to me, nor start to you no sooner sundered
From you than I would be from breath no better reasons
Than love and hoping fueled our fire, in ample measure:
But wealth of kings could not proffer
A richer treasure.

My dearest friend, who held my secrets in his keeping,
Who knew the wounds that haunted still this tangled spirit;
Who whispered an "I love you" when he thought me sleeping,
Each night for sixty years and each, I smiled to hear it
While many seemed to grow apart while growing older,
My favorite place to rest my cheek
Was still your shoulder.

We were the force unstoppable, the flame undying;
Though demons danced and angels fell, still we persisted:
And threats of failure never held us back from trying
We met the challenge hand-in-hand, and double-fisted.
From disappointment and defeat emerging stronger,
For such would just postpone success
A little longer.

The children came as children will, with wonder brimming --
Infusing everything they touched with life and laughter
We watched them as they grew, our fire never dimming,
And helped them to believe in happy ever after;
We spun the twofold thread not even Fate could sever
And wove it through the tapestry
That spans forever.

But Time is an unyielding foe, a brooding cancer,
Who weights with age the youthful legs which once were agile;
And knows the way to steal the dancing from the dancer:
The twofold skein reduced to one is doubly fragile.
Where Fate had faltered, Death prevailed, with chilling fingers:
Yet though your hand is gone from mine,
Your vision lingers;

Now every breath awaits the shade who stole the living
From out my life; who claimed the essence of my dreaming
Pernicious Time has proved a victor unforgiving,
Who dulled the eyes which once with love for you were gleaming --
Yet though your flame has cooled to ash, and mine to embers,
You'll burn forever in my soul:
The heart remembers.



 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
Corazon
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1 posted 03-01-2000 12:14 PM       View Profile for Corazon   Email Corazon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corazon

oh this is incredible....what a love, what a tribute...reduced me to tears, this is beautiful....elegant....
Danny Holloway
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2 posted 03-01-2000 12:20 PM       View Profile for Danny Holloway   Email Danny Holloway   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Danny Holloway

"The heart remembers".
Another wonderful piece from a truly talented writer.  I always enjoy your work!
hoot_owl_rn
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3 posted 03-01-2000 12:23 PM       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

"Yet though your flame has cooled to ash, and mine to embers,
You'll burn forever in my soul:
The heart remembers."

Absolutely wonderful. This poem flows so smooth it nearly reads itself. This is one of your finer pieces and you have so many of them I really, really enjoyed this. By the way, have I told you yet I liked this piece  



devina
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4 posted 03-01-2000 12:29 PM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

This was amazing Kess...the strength of love, throughout even the ultimate death...I hope to find this some day!!!

Totally breathtaking Kess!!!!

 Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...
suthern
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5 posted 03-01-2000 01:01 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

This is incredibly lovely... how wonderful to know such a love!!!
Meadowmuse
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6 posted 03-01-2000 01:04 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Poetic perfection, Kess...simply that.

~ Claire
Sven
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7 posted 03-01-2000 01:10 PM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

Kess,
     this is the most wonderful thing that you have ever written. . . there just aren't enough words to tell you how much this has touched and moved me. . .

You have always been an inspiration to me Kess. . . and this poem is one of the reasons why. . .

Much strength and love to you my friend. . . we can only hope to find this kind of love that you write about now. . .

---------------------------------------------

 That which gives light must endure burning
--Victor Frankl

Martie
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8 posted 03-01-2000 02:18 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

I am awe struck by this glorious poem!
Michael
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9 posted 03-01-2000 04:45 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Oh, you have left me in awe before but this poem moved so deeply within me it brought tears to my eyes and flutters to my chest.  I know not what to say, Kess.  Purely exquisite.


Michael
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10 posted 03-01-2000 04:56 PM       View Profile for Parker   Email Parker   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Parker's Home Page   View IP for Parker

Kess, Unbelievable, I held my breath at every verse. I am honoured to have read it.

Parker
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11 posted 03-01-2000 05:57 PM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

Skyfyre~ This is of the purest love, the gentlest heart. This is wonderful. -SEA
Mike
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12 posted 03-01-2000 06:31 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

I have missed your postings, but the wait was certainly worth the exquisite poetry with which you have graced us.  Beautiful.
Balladeer
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13 posted 03-01-2000 08:12 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Once again, you have honored us with magnificent poetry, Kess. This is very well written..


( but you don't look a day over 55... )
Marge Tindal
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14 posted 03-01-2000 08:19 PM       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~
Sublime poetry.
~*Marge*~


 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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Gemini
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15 posted 03-01-2000 10:39 PM       View Profile for Gemini   Email Gemini   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gemini

Skyfyre: As I wipe away a tear, the heart does remember.  Your poem was magnificent.
Seymour Tabin
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16 posted 03-01-2000 10:52 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Skyfyre,
Exquisite, this is a true epoppe.
Skyfyre
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17 posted 03-02-2000 09:52 AM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

Corazon:  Thank you -- if anyone should know that the "heart" remembers, it would be you.  

Danny: I'm blushing!  

Ruth:  Your ebullience is a compliment of the highest order.  Your reply made my morning.  

devina, suthern:  Don't we all wish that we could find a love like this -- but as you can see, it can be bittersweet ...

Claire:  It is the goal to which I aspire, but I hope I never reach it, that I may continue to strive!  

Sven:  Your replies never disappoint.  Thank you my friend, it is for replies like yours that I write at all, I think.  

Martie:  Blushing again!  

Michael:  I was going to say something about getting a swelled ego here, but since I am pretty sure your comment was sincere, I will simply say thank you.  Such a compliment from such a talented poet is extremely gratifying.  

Haleyja:  Honoured?  Wow -- that's a first!  How wonderful!  

SEA:  Indeed, and thank you for your reply.  

Mike:  I've missed being here -- but sometimes life interrupts, yanno?     I'm glad I didn't disappoint ...

Balladeer:  You silver-tongued devil!  Jeez, I'm turning 26 on Sunday, so glad I don't look over 55!     To tell the truth, I wrote this about my grandparents -- my grandfather is very ill, and I am trying to bring myself to accept the eventuality of his death.  Then it ocurred to me that the one I should be worried about is not myself, but the one who is his other half -- I tried to imagine what it would be like to love someone for so long and then lose them to an undefeatable enemy ... and this is what emerged.

Marge, Gemini, Seymour:  You are too kind.  Thank you for reading.

Smooches all, and thanks for putting up with me ...

--Kess
Christopher
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Purgatorial Incarceration


18 posted 03-06-2000 12:53 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Well I've searched and searched... but for just this instance, I can think of no smart-alecky remark to make. This is too heart-felt of an empathization here. To know such a bond, I think, is what we all must be searching for. And to be able to express it in such eloquent words exceeds the  bounds of imagining.

You've outdone yourself here, my friend, with a tale of heartfelt triumph... though 'tis a remark to bring tears that their earthly paths could soon seperate. That they've experienced so much leaves me comfortable knowing that in the life beyond this they'll be together. For how could such a bond be broken by something as trivial as death?

[This message has been edited by Christopher (edited 03-06-2000).]
Irish Rose
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19 posted 01-14-2002 10:45 AM       View Profile for Irish Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irish Rose

bravo....bravo....bravo

Kathleen--(Kay)
A true friend does not love you for who you are, but in spite of who you are." -- Caroline Tran

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