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~Eyes That See On Thru~

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Janet Marie
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0 posted 04-05-2000 09:21 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Janet Marie

**dedicated to my two grandmothers,
who only looked upon us with loving eyes.
To "Katydid" & "Miss Lily", with love.


~Eyes That See On Thru~

I've always had this vision ...
and this need, deep, down inside.
It's always been with me,
thru all the years and all the tears I've cried.
Some told me it was my gift ...
others say its my curse.
Somedays it was hell,
other days even worse.
I cant tell you where this ability comes from,
in fact, I never knew.
It has always just been there ...
this gift ... of eyes that see on thru.

Close friends and family were unsure,
they could never quite understand.
Always questioning why ...
I kept my emotions in such high demand.
It was not my choice ... it is just true.
It's all part of a purpose,
when you have been given eyes that see on thru.

Only grandma understood,
she'd just smile -- cause she knew ...
She'd lived her life with this secret,
she felt that deep need too.
Perhaps she was the one who gave it to me ...
for grandma had these gifted eyes ...
only hers were indigo blue.

Please understand I'm not bragging ...
I'm only trying to explain.
Everyone always asking me ...
"why are you in so much pain"?
But it just comes with territory,
there is nothing one can do ...
It's all part of the plan --
of having eyes that see on thru.


My eyes see the sorrow ...
the shadows between the lines.
I recognize the losses,
all the reasons our past define.
I believe I was granted this gift,
because of the pain my heart knew.
These eyes are were given to me ...
so that I might see the pain inside of you.

Sometimes it made me crazy ...
if I let it ... it could drive me insane.
But I learned to use it with necessity,
and to never use it in vain.
To try to reach out to others ...
the ones most truly in need.
To let them know they are not alone,
as a lonely heart does bleed.
I've always believed --
this was what we all should do.
Then we would all own the gift ...
of these eyes that see on thru.

Perhaps you posses this talent ...
many others do.
Please, it's not that I think I'm special --
it's just that I know ...
so many others are hurting too.
You see, once I was looked upon with love ...
by healing eyes that saw on thru.
It changed my life forever,
so now it's only right ...
that I should try to do the same for you.

Janet Marie

** I truly hope this poem is taken the way it is intended.I have struggled with finishing it for a long time. It is based on specific promises made to them in their last days. I know it is a long one...(smile)...some days ya just gotta go with the flow. It's also time to let this one go...
take care, jm




[This message has been edited by Janet Marie (edited 04-05-2000).]
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Denise
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1 posted 04-05-2000 09:35 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I don't think there is a greater gift to be given than that of empathy and sympathy for others. More people should see with those eyes. This is a touching poem, Janet Marie.

Denise
Tara Simms
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2 posted 04-05-2000 10:28 PM       View Profile for Tara Simms   Email Tara Simms   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Tara Simms's Home Page   View IP for Tara Simms

This is beautiful, Janet Marie.
Martie
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3 posted 04-05-2000 10:36 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

You speak with the truth of your heart and to be able to feel is a great gift...what you give comes back, ya know.  Hugs!
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4 posted 04-05-2000 10:38 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

You did a wonderful job, Janet. It's a beautiful poem and has much to say...and you did it in a perfect and special way. My hat's off to you.
Butterflies_dont_cry
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5 posted 04-05-2000 10:42 PM       View Profile for Butterflies_dont_cry   Email Butterflies_dont_cry   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Butterflies_dont_cry


Janet,
Please don't apologize for this being long, I think I could have read on for hours, this is so beautiful and a wonderful tribute to your grandmother's...and letting the inner you out.  
All the lines were exquisite but this would be my favorite IF I had to pick:

To let them know they are not alone,
as a lonely heart does bleed.
I've always believed --
this was what we all should do.
Then we would all own the gift ...
of these eyes that see on thru.

Thank goodness for these dear sweet women that passed on their "eyes that see on thru".  You are a gift as is your talent and you use it well and you have made them so proud...of this there is no doubt sister of my soul.
*AW hugs and BF kisses*


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

Seymour Tabin
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6 posted 04-05-2000 10:51 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Janet,
I agree with Balladeer, you did a wonderful job and this is a wonderful poem.
Janet Marie
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7 posted 04-06-2000 08:54 AM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

thank you guys, for helping me to know I wrote this one for them for all the right reasons.
Your words mean more than my words can truly say.I so appreciate all you.
take care, jm

love to:
Denise...who always reads and replies.TY
Tara, thank you so much.
Martie, thank you, coming from your talented pen, its a definate compliment.
Balladeer, thank you my kind, talented friend, you always make me smile.
Butterlfy...you make me feel like I could fly.thanks soul sis.
Sy, I am quite complimented, thank you for reading.
take care, jm
Aimster
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8 posted 04-06-2000 09:04 AM       View Profile for Aimster   Email Aimster   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aimster

Janet...

Should have warned me to break out the kleenexes on this one! My god girl, have you got a talent!!! First of all the poem itself touched my heart in many ways. I think you know why. I also just loved every part of it...i agree with Butterflies don't cry...I could have read a much longer piece and wouldn't have been bored in the least bit. I am glad you have "eyes that see thru". I surely know you have helped me in my time of need. And for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am glad you shared this one with us. You have a rare gift my friend, not only in poetry, but just in general as a person. I don't know how the others feel but I am forever grateful I have had the chance to be in your life. You surely have touched mine!

Love ya much,
Your Amy-girl  

P.S. I am working on a poem. about my Mom that is a bit of a different style than I normally write. It's something new I'm trying. I'll probably post it this weekend.

 ~Live today as though it were your last but prepare for tomorrow as though it were here~
Danny Holloway
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9 posted 04-06-2000 10:21 AM       View Profile for Danny Holloway   Email Danny Holloway   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Danny Holloway

Wonderfully written and a beautiful tribute to your grandmothers.  
I think the length is necessary to complete the expression that is within the meaning.
Well done.

 A life isn't significant except for its impact on other lives.
hoot_owl_rn
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10 posted 04-06-2000 12:32 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

Nice expressions for two that mean so much to you
Blondie
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11 posted 04-06-2000 02:59 PM       View Profile for Blondie   Email Blondie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Blondie

wow

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Blondie
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this is the best poem I have ever read in this forum.  Just something about it hit home, I can't lay my finger on it, but all I can say is, "wow janet, this is sooo wonderful...keep up the excellant work!"  

 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34

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this is wonderful, what a gift, to have inside, and what a gift of writing, to share it with us  
JamesMichael
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And I personally thank you for your sincere and your soft heart.   Really a good write...I love your explanation for this special blessing in your life...one you openly share with others.  James
Janet Marie
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15 posted 04-07-2000 12:22 AM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

thank you all, for your kind words, I am always humbled and moved by you...


amy-girl...you make me smile and blush,
you give me way too much credit, really.
TY.LY.

Danny-boy...thank you for your constant support, I do so value your opinion.

hoot-girl, thanks for always reading my words.

Blondie...HOW do I thank you OR accept such a
high compliment...I am truly not worthy considering the poets in here...but I am so very pleased my words touched you in this way.

Corazon, thank you for so many compliments in one reply(smile)

sweetbabyjames...you make me blush too, thanks for always being so sweet.

thank you so much
take care, jm



 The stars shine so bright, now's the time
I close my eyes - soft wind touch my face,
Cool sand upon the place where I once kissed you
And held you close.
Now I will reach for the stars...
Because Oh my love, that's where you are...
Though the storms of black night rage on
I still see your face
I still feel your lips on mine
And though my heart feels all alone without you
I still hear you sing to me
I still hear your voice on the sea...
vertical horizon

 
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