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The Yellow Brick Road

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Martie
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The Yellow Brick Road

Where is the yellow brick road
I ask the fence,
but there are only sunflowers
answering with headís bowed
and cloistered around them
like purple butterflies,
sweet peaís rocking delicate dance.

This yearning is too vast,
it is splayed across this day
like a dry lake
and I canít seem to dig out
from this ache with no quenching
where I am drowning in all this color
and sound of spring,
drowning and dry.

I hear my question echo
in the far-off sound of a train,
a sound across the day that understands
expressing alone in all this crowd
of houses and children
in the back yard of a city
where the fragrance of blooming
colors the air.

The station wagon
has a surf board on top
and rounds the corner laughing
from the feel of wet sand
and curve of ocean coming
from youth and dreams inside,
and for a moment I wish my
youth to catch me up again
in the abandon of joy.

Why the yellow brick road
I hear the question whistle
across the heart of humanness  
into my answer that wishes
for a place where wisdom grows
and hearts are made to last forever
and courage endures the rage
of this sea that is engulfing me.

I answer the blue bird
who is cocking his head
questioning the ground
beneath a flowering tree.

To find a place where
I could throw this spent tear,
click my heels
and find what is broken
   whole and new
and home   in my heart.




[This message has been edited by Martie (edited 03-25-2000).]
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I'm afraid Elton John was right, Martie. The poem is beautiful....and very colorful  
Windrider Silverbreeze
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Extremely picturesque.

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"and courage endures the rage
of this sea that is engulfing me."

What a line, Martie...what a poem! Wonderful writing.

~ Claire
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4 posted 03-25-2000 09:37 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

Martie~
You are HOME in the hearts of the family
of Passion's.  
As Dorothy said,
'There's no place like home.'

'To find a place where
I could throw this spent tear,
click my heels
and find what is broken
   whole and new
and home   in my heart.'

Love to you~
~*Marge*~


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Martie,

I get a sence of widely varying emotions and vivid colors...well done!

INclan
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Wow, what vivid imagery, Martie.  Lovely work, as always.  

 *Krista Knutson*

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Thank you all for reading and replying.  I was having a sad day, thank you for seeing the color, and Marge, for reading between the lines into my heart!

 In the dew of little things,
the heart finds its morning
and is refreshed.
(ee cummings)
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Lovely images encased in a beautiful poem.  
Corinne
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Martie,

Of all the poets in this place,
you capture the beauty of nature
the best!

And, I believe it is because you simply take the time to appreciate it.

I'll also bet you have a marvelous garden, don't ya? You plant seasonal flowers, and spent many hours outside, happily digging in the dirt, watching the world as it comes and goes.  

Am I right?  Huh?

Corinne

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We all have those days from time to time, Martie. You have such a beauty in your words, even the sad ones. I hope you are feeling better. HUGS

Denise
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Hay Ya Kiddo...

You must have been a flower girl before the sixty's flower bloom...
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No doubt Kansas is nice - but I'll have what Martie's having...
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PDV--thanks for liking the images

Corinne--yes, you are right, I really do appreciate my garden--wish you could see it, I think you would too.

Denise--I do feel better, thanks

Lucky--I'm still a flower child

Nan--Home is where the heart is.
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Wonderful images Martie and a beautiful poem
I loved it!  
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I feel like this now and again ... never quite sure what it is or what I want ... I sit out by my ponds ... listen to the waterfall ... watch the birds and buterflies
I even get dragonflies and frogs ... it's quite peaceful ... then kids walk by the back of our yard ... swearing and throwing litter over into the pond
Wrote a few poems out there surounded by nature only to be awakened by the reality of city life

Rex}>{{{{o>
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Dark Angel--Thanks so much for your sweet comment

Rex Allen--Oh, I love ponds...we have one in our yard too, did have fish in it, but the racoons ate them all..they were only gold fish, but still....sigh!
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Lovely images   May Oz not be far for you  
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Wonderful poetry Martie.  You ability to express you feelings never ceases to amaze, and feel free to venture into Kansas and the Yellow Brick Road anytime you wish, Toto lives just down the street.
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Martie, this was a wonderful poem and I really loved the image in this verse....

I answer the blue bird
who is cocking his head
questioning the ground
beneath a flowering tree,

very well done.

Parker
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To find a place where
I could throw this spent tear,
click my heels
and find what is broken
   whole and new
and home   in my heart.

---excellent close... just excellent

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you've brought fresh new meaning to the old OZ tune and I like yours much better than Elton John's  
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