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My Small Death

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Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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northern mountains, Idaho


0 posted 03-17-2000 10:24 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

Through that last
long dark night, standing
by Travisí hospital cribside, smoothing
his cooling tender brow, my weary eyes gazed
in horror at a vision flaunting itself above his little curly
head - beyond his half-closed, tired brown lovely long-lashed eyes,
beyond his dwindling shallow breaths. The cruel spectre of death loomed
appalling and hideous, leering at me through the windows of my
  comprehension, as I slowly came to understand, at last, the
precise meaning of finality, futility, of this annihilating
impotency. Trapped in a kind of unalterable suicide
impossible to avoid - I found myself speeding
headlong into a brick wall, as swiftly
as a runaway train, only instead of
my own death careening
toward me, it was my
sonís. His big
death. My
small one. My small
one so immense it swallowed
up my very soul - my breath, my
joy; my small one that
was shriveling me,
shrinking me
small



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


© Copyright 2000 Rosemary J. Gwaltney - All Rights Reserved
Elizabeth Santos
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1 posted 03-17-2000 10:31 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

So grand is your soul
So magnificent your poetry
So humbly I applaud your talents
So tearfully I respond
With Love
Liz
Pepper
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2 posted 03-17-2000 10:49 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Oh Rosemary ....
Such pain ... my heart goes out to you
Thank you for sharing from such depth of soul ....
Exqusite writing and ((HUGS))
Shannon
devina
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since 10-28-1999
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Northern Cali


3 posted 03-17-2000 12:21 PM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

You've got to know that you're in my prayers Rose...this speaks volumes of you my dear, with each and every tear...

*Sending you and Dayl big hugs from California!!! Hope all is well!!!

 Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...

Marge Tindal
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4 posted 03-17-2000 12:27 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

Rosemary~
My heart loves the tender memories seeped in sadness from yours.
Always my hugs are yours.
I love you, dear lady.
~*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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5 posted 03-17-2000 02:13 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Rosemary--you, my dear have captured such powerful feeling with your words that I can only try to breathe.  Equisite!! Hugs!!
Seymour Tabin
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6 posted 03-17-2000 02:29 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Rosemary,
Your words have placed a poem on stone,
That touched me to the very bone.
Exquisite. *L* Sy
RainbowGirl
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7 posted 03-17-2000 02:34 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Rosemary: I don't know what to say except HUGS.
tracie66
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since 01-18-2000
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8 posted 03-17-2000 02:42 PM       View Profile for tracie66   Email tracie66   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit tracie66's Home Page   View IP for tracie66

Rosemary a big hug you know comes from me
The pain in your heart's there for all to see

I'm so sorry for the pain you bear
And hope you know I'm here in prayer

I can't take away the pain you feel
Only comfort and words to try to heel

So here I send my love to you
And lots of comforting wishes too

LoL


 Keep all the windows of your mind open
Anne Rooks
Marge Tindal
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9 posted 03-17-2000 10:19 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

Too pretty to be missed.
Back to the top for another round.



 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
noles1@totcon.com

Denise
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10 posted 03-17-2000 10:28 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Excellent writing, Rosemary. I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't even begin to imagine that kind of pain. HUGS

Denise
Nan
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11 posted 03-18-2000 09:15 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

You've put impossible words into poetry, Rosemary... This is indeed every parent's worst nightmare - no matter what their age..

God Bless..
Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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northern mountains, Idaho


12 posted 03-18-2000 08:30 PM       View Profile for Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Email Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rosemary J. Gwaltney's Home Page   View IP for Rosemary J. Gwaltney

Elizabeth - What a tender heart you have!

Pepper - Thank you for your care!

devina - Thank you so much!

Marge - Your sweetness is appreciated!

Martie - Your hugs are special to me.

Seymour - I'm very touched by your comments.

RainbowGirl - Thank you.  (And I understand.)

tracie66 - Thank you!!

dsnyder - I appreciate you kindness.

Nan - Thanks for your empathy.

You are all very special, compassionate people here at Passionate Forums, and it's always a treat to visit.



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


A Romantic Heart
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Forever In Your Heart


13 posted 03-18-2000 10:44 PM       View Profile for A Romantic Heart   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for A Romantic Heart

Rose...I give you a big hug, I feel your pain, your heart, My love and prayers are with you!
Thank you for sharing, to help us to see the value of life, and what we take for granted sometimes!

 "Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O,no! it is an ever-fixed mark....William Shakespeare

hoot_owl_rn
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since 07-05-99
Posts 11105
Glen Hope, PA USA


14 posted 03-19-2000 09:49 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

Rose...how something so amazing can come from such a tragedy is beyond me, but this is marvelous in it's writing. Thank you for sharing it with us. Hugs  
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