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Michael
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0 posted 04-03-2000 08:14 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Michael

OBLIVION

Who will satisfy the sandpipers of Oblivion?
Who dares draw a sword to quell their song?
To lay waste such intoxicating judgements
of one's sanctity,
of one's purity,
of one's trust?

Where is it written that Love lives in abundance?
That dreams never die?
That Hope is eternal?

What motivates Greed?
What satiates Lust?

When will the answers come,
Will I know of their arrival?
Or have they come already,
merely choosing to overlook
these starstruck eyes of dissension.
To withhold forever the salve
of wounds festering in alienation.
Drip by drip distilling
all clarity of thought,
all peace of mind
all sanity of soul...

Why do I hang on
when all around me has let go?
Is this my strength?
my weakness?
my curse?
Who am I,
that Death, himself, would not have me?
that Time teases with slow decay
by swift moving hands
I can never hold...

How am I to break chains I cannot see?
How am I to embrace what is not there?
Did tomorrow not die
in that melee called Yesterday?
Tell me then, my friend,
How am yet
to live?


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






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1 posted 04-03-2000 08:17 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

You ask some powerful questions in a very thought-provoking poem. Excellent!
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Well, I don't have the answers, Michael, but I certainly enjoy the way you ask the questions. Excellent writing once again.
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3 posted 04-03-2000 09:37 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Just when I think I've got a handle on your work, you send me to Oblivion....
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4 posted 04-03-2000 10:24 PM       View Profile for mariee66   Email mariee66   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for mariee66

This is intense~
Your writing is divine~
Marie~


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And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind." The Bard


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How I like this, Michael,  Oblivion is hell(Serenity typed with authority.)--smiles, please---I studied with this guy once (Yes, STUDIED, for all my kindred dirty minds out there...)  He was Incredible, too.  Said that if love was energy, then to think of myself as a battery, with positive and negative poles.  He said further that positive and negative were misleading terms--
to be more accurate, I should learn to think of it as active/receptive--that it was only the perceived absence of this energy that I termed negative. Not sure if this helps, but if it doesn't, please everybody, talk to the guru dude--the only genuine rocket scientist
I have ever met!   Now.  Would another hug be too redundant?
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Vert powerful writing Michael!! You are still as amazing as ever!!


 Hold me for yesterday
Kiss me for tomorrow
But love me for today.

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Very profound, Michael - thanks for sharing!


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This sounded much more effective coming from your lips sweetheart...but I'll settle for reading it the second time around!!!

Once again you've amazed my mind...me thinks you do that on purpose!!!! Just don't ever stop!!!!

*kisses*


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Elizabeth Santos
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Sometimes you take thoughts out of my mind and put them into words that I never would have thought of. I have been in the place you have just travelled.

Time does seem to "tease with slow decay"
And you do feel as if tomorrow has died
"in that melee called yesterday"

Wonderful words from an extraordinary poet
Liz
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Powerful strokes of your pen with this one  
Michael
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Balladeer, I think you're holding back on at least a few of them answers, comon - help me out here...

Nan, you ever get a handle on any part of me, let me know where it is, would ya?

serenity, na - give me a hug already... (((HUG)))

devina, and everything is much sweeter coming off your lips, also.  

Liz, heck of a road, ain't it?


Thank you all for the kind replies.


Michael

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12 posted 04-04-2000 04:11 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

This is wonderful, Michael... I think many of us have been haunted by those questions... battering at our minds without answers... you just captured them and lined them up into a great poem! *G*
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Damn, Michael! I wish I wrote this! Very fine writing, my friend.
 
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