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The State I'm In

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Michael
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0 posted 03-06-2000 02:32 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Michael

THE STATE I'M IN


I got a house in California,
But my heart's in Tennessee.
Yet more and more it's lookin' like
Neither's the place for me.
I have some family in Nevada,
I had a dream in Arkansas.
Yet daily I watch each slip away
Through a memory flaw.

My feet planted next to nowhere,
Leave my mind but free to roam.
Still no matter where Life takes me,
It seems I never find my home.
I've hitched a ride with Ambition.
And I've rode the train of Rage.
I saw Love die in fruition,
Yet I still walk her timeless cage.

The mile markers of Infinity
Leading me further on.
The destination is Serenity,
But it seems Hope's already gone.
Made a wrong turn somewhere in Texas,
Not really sure where I've been since.
The highway is Destitution,
But the toll is Innocense.

No, I never realized the price
A man might pay to dream.
Till I crossed the line from Denial
To forgotten self-esteem.
Till the stars above looked foreign,
And the streets came without name.
Till I wandered the night's desert
Bearing but this cloak of Shame.

Till the rivers ran melancholy,
Till the sun of Blackness shone
Across the Valley of my Heart
Leaving me to die cold - alone.
By the peeling grief of Starkness,
Or the soul it bared within.
Eyes ever adapting to Darkness,
Never realize what state I'm in.

Michael Anderson



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







[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 03-10-2000).]
© Copyright 2000 Michael Anderson - All Rights Reserved
JamesMichael
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1 posted 03-06-2000 04:08 AM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Nice writing Michael.  I'm searching too.  Now you got me listening to Highway 61 Revisited.    James

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2 posted 03-06-2000 05:41 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Excellent, excellent, excellent poem.
Wow.

Seriously - this one had such a chill of loss...I am left shivering - fantastic Michael.

K

 'Writing sharpens life;
life enriches writing'
Sylvia Plath
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3 posted 03-06-2000 06:39 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

Michael~
This haunting poem wanders
wherever the four winds blow.

I am in awe of your ability to
draw a map of emotions you've visited.

'The mile markers of Infinity
Leading me further on.
The destination is Serenity'

Hope serenity is just up the road.
You are amazing.
~*Marge*~


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4 posted 03-06-2000 06:57 AM       View Profile for angel girl   Email angel girl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for angel girl

I really like this one. Keep up the good work.

 One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
-William Shakespeare

Nan
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5 posted 03-06-2000 07:15 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

There you go again - with all your talent rolled up in yet another good'n..
Marilyn
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6 posted 03-06-2000 07:36 AM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

You never fail to awe me with your ablity to write your feelings. I wish I was able to do so. I can always seen to touch my own sorrow when I read your work.
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7 posted 03-06-2000 09:53 AM       View Profile for Corazon   Email Corazon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corazon

wow...guess I will have to steal marge's word..but haunting describes this perfectly...great work
hoot_owl_rn
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8 posted 03-06-2000 10:02 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

Wow Michael...this is impressive  
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9 posted 03-06-2000 10:35 AM       View Profile for Mistikman   Email Mistikman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mistikman

Sounds to me like you are in the state of confusion. Keep up the excellent work Michael, this was superb.
Munda
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10 posted 03-06-2000 10:52 AM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

Snif....whiping eyes...I'm sorry, this moved me to tears. It's all too familiar.

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11 posted 03-06-2000 10:59 AM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Someone once said it is the journey, not the destination.

Hauntingly beautiful, Michael!

Come on, this train's not waiting!

Corinne
Michael
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12 posted 03-06-2000 12:47 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

How's 61 sound James?  I think I'll be o.k. if I stay off 40 and 80 for awhile...   Never can tell though.

Severn, ditto on the shivers thing...you do that to me a lot you know.

Marge, I certainly hope so, too,  but which way is it back to the road?

Marilyn, there no greater achievement for a poet.

Mistikman, most definately.

Munda,        I didn't mean to make you cry.  O.k., really, I did.  But I'll never cop to it.

Corinne, that would have been Stephen Tyler of Aerosmith - have you seen that guy?  I mean up close, seen him?  Yeah, it's been a journey alright...LOL  Seriously, got the train ticket right here, I ain't missing out on the rest of it, don't worry.


Michael



[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 03-07-2000).]
Janet Marie
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No, I never realized the price
A man might pay to dream.
Till I crossed the line from Denial
To forgotten self-esteem.
Till the stars above looked foreign,
And the streets came without name.
Till I wandered the night's desert
Bearing but this cloak of Shame.

Till the rivers ran melancholy,
Till the sun of Blackness shone
Across the Valley of my Heart
Leaving me to die cold - alone.
By the peeling grief of Starkness,
Or the soul it bared within.
Eyes ever adapting to Darkness,
Never realize what state I'm in.

M, this is such exceptional work...you evoke such emotion with your imagery alone...then add to it your expressions of loss and pain... leaves me weak and in awe...once again...
jm

 ...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

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14 posted 03-06-2000 07:18 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Just follow the I-10, Incredible Michael...
serenity is at mardi gras, learning how to
smile again.
Denise
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15 posted 03-06-2000 09:36 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Very impressive writing, Michael. Well done!

Denise
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16 posted 03-06-2000 10:50 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

This reminds me, almost, of one of Gunslinger's pieces, but with your own signature "feel" to it. I like it very much, and now I think I'm going to find James and see if I can listen to Dylan with him.

Good writing, Michael.

~ Claire
 
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