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The Secret Letter

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 03-22-2000 06:53 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

The Secret Letter

Among the cobwebbed attic treasures
Memories of yesteryear
Books and pictures, notes well weathered
Some brought laughter, some brought tears

She rummaged through the souvenirs
For hours and hours in reminisce
Childhood friends and high school proms
Her first real date, her first real kiss

Then she stumbled on a box
Of keepsakes from her mother’s day
Little secret well-kept treasures
Opened now to light of day

She read the letters from her father
Words of love that brought her tears
She walked back through her mother’s youth
Recapturing the long lost years

One more letter left unopened
At the bottom of the box
She sat and stared at it in wonder
Brushing back her golden locks

Dare she read the secret letter
From her mother’s unknown youth
This box of treasures kindly quenching
Thirst for knowledge of the truth

She tore the envelope wide open
Pulled the letter from inside
And in the musty attic air
She read it slowly as she cried

It was a letter full of love
Not written in her father’s hand
Addressed “Dear Rosebud” at the top
A letter from another man

It told of his undying love
And promised her that he would be
Beside her always in this life
And ever through eternity

The letter was unsigned of course
And barely finished in its haste
The ink was stained with teardrops
Of a love that now had gone to waste

She’d had a vision of her mother
Only seen in photographs
And always looking like an angel
Full of love and joyful laughs

And now the vision had been shattered
Now the truth had been exposed
A letter to a rosebud
And her mother was the lovely rose

She took the letter to her father
And through her tears revealed the truth
Her mother had another love
The mother that she never knew

Her father tearfully then nodded
Trembling as he read the page
He said sometimes the written word
Reveals the truth from age to age

He held her tight and said these words
This secret I already knew
This letter’s in your mother’s hand
The rosebud, darling, it was you

Elizabeth Santos



[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 03-23-2000).]
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Marge Tindal
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1 posted 03-22-2000 07:09 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

Elizabeth, dear lady~
I love it when your nostalgic wanderings
take me to the cedar chest within your mind.
~*Marge*~



 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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Pepper
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2 posted 03-22-2000 07:41 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Liz,
This gave my goosebumps, goosebumps !!
Wonderful, dear .....
Dark Angel
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3 posted 03-22-2000 08:03 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Oh Elizabeth this is so beautiful, brought tears to my eyes.

 What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


Seymour Tabin
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4 posted 03-22-2000 09:13 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Elizabeth,
This is a wonderful poem, you are so talented. It is one for the book you will someday publish. all my love Sy
hoot_owl_rn
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5 posted 03-22-2000 10:28 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

Liz...I'm sitting here crying with this one. What can I say but that it is touchingly wonderful. You, my dear, shine through your poetry  
Okay, I'm on my 4th reading of this and just had to tell you once more how really great this poem is...and you know the one word that's on my mind with this one  

[This message has been edited by hoot_owl_rn (edited 03-22-2000).]
Martie
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6 posted 03-22-2000 10:40 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Dear Liz, this is so wonderful and so full of just the right words and timing and sweet sad love ...I am in awe.  This poem shines!! and you have exceptional talent and heart!!
Denise
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7 posted 03-22-2000 11:11 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This had me crying too, Elizabeth. What an ending!! I think this is now my favorite of yours!!

Denise
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8 posted 03-22-2000 11:17 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Notice how this is all lady's? And you've got us all crying?  Pass those tissues down will ya ladies?

Excellent Liz, I love this, home run with last line  
mariee66
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9 posted 03-22-2000 11:19 AM       View Profile for mariee66   Email mariee66   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for mariee66

Wow~
This is so beautiful~
As I was reading, I could envision everything~
You brought a tear to my eye~
Marie~


 "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind." The Bard

pmc
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10 posted 03-22-2000 11:30 AM       View Profile for pmc   Email pmc   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for pmc

A Beautiful Poem.
Well done.

Pat
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11 posted 03-22-2000 01:44 PM       View Profile for INclan   Email INclan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for INclan

Liz,

Truely an outstanding post.  Well written and well conceived.  I am with Ruth on this one....I am on my 5th reading and I have not tired of it. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

Inclan
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12 posted 03-22-2000 04:01 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

It's hard to type with goosebumps...harder still to see through tears.  You got me again, dear lady.  My hat is off to you.
Elizabeth Santos
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13 posted 03-22-2000 05:28 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Marge, I don't have a cedar chest in my mind, but I think I've got moth balls in my head. Thank you dear.

Pepper, Always so sweet. Want a blanket?
Thanks, dear

Dark Angel, Thank you, dear, here's a tissue

Sy, After your book, my friend. Love ya

Hoot, You overwhelm me. Thank you.

Martie. I'm glad you liked this. Such a sweet response

Denise, Everyone is crying, Oh, dear. Thank you.

Wht Dove, More tears? Where are those tissues? Glad you liked it. Thanks

Mariee, Thank you for your kind comments

pmc, Thanks so much

Inclan. Your remarks are so generous. Thank you

serenity, Very nice compliment. Thank you so much

Liz
Danny Holloway
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14 posted 03-22-2000 06:02 PM       View Profile for Danny Holloway   Email Danny Holloway   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Danny Holloway

Real men don't cry, so why is this tear in my eye. It's because of your wonderful poetry.

 A life isn't significant except for its impact on other lives.
Elizabeth Santos
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15 posted 03-22-2000 06:52 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Danny,
I love a man that is sensitive enough to cry. Now if I could only find out what WhtDove did with those tissues.
Thanks, Danny
Liz
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16 posted 03-22-2000 06:55 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Liz: Are we back on the cognac again?..  

HUSG

Danny: Tears don't make a man, being a man makes tears..  

HUGS

[This message has been edited by RainbowGirl (edited 03-22-2000).]
Elizabeth Santos
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17 posted 03-22-2000 07:52 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Rainbow,

Let's drink to tears!
May we all cry together!

You are a sweetie

HUSG
LIz
David2
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18 posted 03-23-2000 10:37 AM       View Profile for David2   Email David2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for David2

This poem gave me chills,What a beautiful love story!
           David2
Elizabeth Santos
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19 posted 03-23-2000 10:41 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Thank you , David for picking this up. If it moved you in any way, I am moved
Thank you
Liz
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20 posted 03-23-2000 01:58 PM       View Profile for bboog   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit bboog's Home Page   View IP for bboog

L~
Not stalking you. I was looking for a poem by dsnyder and came across this. L~,I think this is the best poem of yours that I have read so far. As the Santana song goes, "smooth". Bravo.
bboog
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21 posted 03-23-2000 02:09 PM       View Profile for PhaerieChild   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PhaerieChild

Liz...I too am in need of some tissues. I suspect Wht Dove is hoarding them. This is a beautifully written poem. The end was phenomenal. I can just see the tearstained letter and smell the dusty attic. Very vivid and beautiful.

 Poetry~ Words falling on paper, painting a dream.

Shawna R. Holder
Boise, Idaho


Elizabeth Santos
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22 posted 03-23-2000 05:07 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Thank you for the very nice comments. I'm glad you liked the poem.
Ate logo, meu amigo
Liz

Wild child, Another tender heart. Where ARE those tissues?? Thank you for your remarks.
Liz
hoot_owl_rn
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23 posted 03-23-2000 11:16 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

Just back for another peak Liz...it gets better each time  
Elizabeth Santos
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24 posted 03-24-2000 12:01 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Hoot,
That is the ultimate compliment
Thanks
Liz
 
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