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Song of Silence

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Michael
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0 posted 03-24-2000 08:37 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Michael

SONG OF SILENCE


The passion of my heart runs deep
As wings of love ascend.
But silence will sing in due course,
To where it may extend.
For life is folly, time a foreboding,
Every dream must end.

I reach out with withered, wretched hands,
Frail and truly scarred.
To touch the amble forms of youth,
From which I have been barred.
Feeble and failing, weak and ailing,
Ambition, itself, comes marred.

As the autumn wind grows chilly,
The days grow short, the cold nights long.
I miss the humming of the fireflies,
And the nightingale's song.
The song, itself, diminishing
From a soul ever in wrong.

Over my shoulder I see a shadow,
A cloaked figure drawing near.
Walking slightly faster than me,
A scythe held high in hand, I fear.
Proof from the lords of agony,
The damned of earth stand beyond, drear.

But I close my eyes, no remorse or shame
For the pathway I have chose.
Nor for actions or words that may have come
Purely from emotion arose.
For emotion holds the only truth to me,
This dark world ever did expose.

Speak not my name beyond this day,
Long have I awaited its arrive.
Remember if you must, I stood for hope,
Even with none left to derive.
Yet even as hope went awry,
Remember even still I tried,
To be the best man I could be,
The one who this day, died.

Michael Anderson


 For all behind was dark and drear,
And all before was night and fear.
How many hours of night or day
In those suspended pangs I lay,
I could not tell; I scarcely knew
If this were human breath I drew.

Lord Byron


© Copyright 2000 Michael Anderson - All Rights Reserved
Seymour Tabin
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1 posted 03-24-2000 08:58 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Micheal,
Your poem is excellent, even with a sad case of the blues. But remember the only thing that never changes is change itself. So there is hope.
Janet Marie
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I reach out with withered, wretched hands,
Frail and truly scarred.
To touch the amble forms of youth,
From which I have been barred.
Feeble and failing, weak and ailing,
Ambition, itself, comes marred.
-------------------
Speak not my name beyond this day,
Long have I awaited its arrive.
Remember if you must, I stood for hope,
Even with none left to derive.
Yet even as hope went awry,
Remember even still I tried,
To be the best man I could be,
The one who this day, died.
---------------------

Dreams are but wishes of sleep,
Hope is a promise your heart must keep.
Tis true innocence of youth can be stolen away,
But ever the love born in the child will stay.
For other's lies ... feel no shame...
take not one moment of anothers blame.
Hope and all loves emotions still speak your name...
this child, this poet, this man...one in the same.
jm

exceptional poem M,...once again your words touch me,
take care, jm


 Do you live by the book, do you play by the rules
Do you care what is thought by others about you
If this day is all that is promised to you
Do you live for the present, the future the past...
tracy chapman

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3 posted 03-24-2000 09:09 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Michael, the expertise with which you write, naturally, no longer surprises me.   However, within your poetry I often find a sense of surprise at my reactions. This one is no different. I find the line ~

"For emotion holds the only truth to me,
This dark world ever did expose."

particularly striking tonight, as I've been struggling with how to say (write) something similar to that. This is superb writing, perfection in form and feeling.

~ Claire
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4 posted 03-24-2000 09:17 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This is sad, Michael. Listen to Seymour. His words contain wisdom. Very well written.

Denise
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5 posted 03-24-2000 09:40 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

Very sad Michael...but oh so well written.
Justine Uff
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6 posted 03-24-2000 09:55 PM       View Profile for Justine Uff   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for Justine Uff

Hey - My friend... You've much to smile about..
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Superb...again.......
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8 posted 03-24-2000 10:25 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

This is an excellent poem. I love the emotion you write with and especally these two parts:

"For life is folly, time a foreboding,
Every dream must end."


"But I close my eyes, no remorse or shame
For the pathway I have chose.
Nor for actions or words that may have come
Purely from emotion arose.
For emotion holds the only truth to me,
This dark world ever did expose."

It's really wonderful, keep up the good work!


 "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -Oscar Wilde
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9 posted 03-24-2000 10:50 PM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

This is lovely in its raw emotion Michael...know I share your pain on this...

And I'll try my best to keep you smiling from now on!!! *hugs and much love sweetie*



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

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With death comes resurrection!  But I don't have to tell YOU that!
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11 posted 03-24-2000 11:03 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

To touch the amble forms of youth,
From which I have been barred

These lines are strong enough to justify the entire poem.....but there are many more. Excellent writing, MIchael.
Nicole
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12 posted 03-25-2000 12:11 AM       View Profile for Nicole   Email Nicole   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Nicole

You write with strength, my friend...a man strong enough to hone such powerful emotions and mold them into this kind of poem.  Excellent work, as always.


 May I never be too busy to help another's load,
Then I'll be drinking from the saucer 'cause my cup has overflowed.

--Author Unknown
Corinne
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13 posted 03-25-2000 01:28 AM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Michael,

said this before, I'll say it again, you are one complex person!

Many facets, all glittering!

Corinne
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14 posted 03-25-2000 02:51 AM       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

Beautiful, sorrowful work.  The second stanza is a terrific masterpiece.  This poem tugs at my heart.



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


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15 posted 03-25-2000 06:50 AM       View Profile for Tess   Email Tess   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Tess's Home Page   View IP for Tess

Although I did find sadness in this poem i also found hope
Remember if you must, I stood for hope,
Even with none left to derive.
I think that this last part spoke to me of the feeling someone had that even though their life was ending...that they had lived it well


 "What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two
bodies."
-Aristotle

Michael
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16 posted 03-25-2000 10:31 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Hmmm...  I should explain to everyone that this poem was written for my father who passed away from cancer in 1993.  This was actually written in 1993 as he was dying, with the exceptions of a little editing.  I have just been missing him horribly this year.  I think I'm just trying to catch some of the hope he always seemed to have no matter how bleak his situation was.


Sy, always, there is hope.

Janet, thank you for the poetic reply.

Claire, I'm glad I could keep the surprises coming - I am sorry you relate to that one particular line so well, though.  I hope all gets better for you soon.

denise, thanks - and I will listen to Sy's wisdom.

Justin UFF - I know...   That better?

devina, You have been a constant smile for me, I can't thank you enough for that, hun.  I know this is a pain you carry too, likewise, I will always try to be a smile for you during yours.

serenity, you certainly don't - but I'm glad you did.  

Balladeer, I'm glad you liked those lines, they stand strongest in my eyes also.

Satiate, I'll just say ditto to that when it comes to your work my friend.  

Corinne, glad you see some shine in the complexity.

Rosemary, Quite a compliment, my sincerest thanks.

Tess, Indeed, you read the ending well.  


Thank you all for the kind replies.


Michael  

Janet Marie
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17 posted 03-25-2000 01:10 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

M, just saw your footnote,seems like this one was in ways, misread...we assumed it was the poet speaking his view...I "read between the lines" with that thought...so I guess my poetic reply did not apply(sorry)...but never less your words always evoke emotion and inspiration is us all..even if we read our own emotions into it...
my point here -(smile)...is to say once I had your footnote on its true intention...after reading it again...it made it even more powerful knowing it was you putting yourself in his place and speaking his heart....
very emotional tribute...
still in awe,  
take care jm

 Do you live by the book, do you play by the rules
Do you care what is thought by others about you
If this day is all that is promised to you
Do you live for the present, the future the past...
tracy chapman

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18 posted 03-25-2000 04:47 PM       View Profile for Mistikman   Email Mistikman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mistikman

Ahh, finally another one of those dark pieces I love so much. This is superb, as are most of the others. Change is inevitable, but rarely comfortable   Strength will come to make it through, no matter how hard it is to see that.
tracie66
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Michael
This was beautiful with a touch of sorrow
Michael your writing is truly amazing
Tracie


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