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Grand Central Station

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Martie
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0 posted 04-08-2000 09:34 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Grand Central Station

Phantoms walk across the great room,
stiff in black coats,
a suitcase in each hand
and those ladies in taffeta
and hats with flowers,
maybe even a parasol,
languid and gracefully poised
waiting for a ticket.

I can see the dusty smile
of the clerk who nods his head,
and yes, he has a stamp,
I can hear it stomping time.

The lady cannot run,
she glides,
her feet like small afterthoughts
below her bellowing skirt,
and the gentleman proper in elbow holding,
soldiers a place in the movement
toward a great and vibrant adventure
of train with elegant dining and sleeping car
of romance in small places
quietly lulled and loved
as towns fly past the window
and cows and see that child waving.

Now
its lovely as a banquet hall for weddings,
and glorious and high beamed still
it is echoing hello and good-bye.
I can hear it eyes wide open
as if time has caught me in a merger.

A new full skirt of beginning
in white lace enters
with a tuxedo love flower dotted youth
and they pass blindly the wooden hallmark
where tickets issued destinations
far beyond a heartís imagining.

Oh yes I do believe,
I believe in new beginning,
but somehow it hurts to see
time so emptied and proud
and loud with memory,
for I also believe in
the spirit of the past.
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[This message has been edited by Martie (edited 04-08-2000).]
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Mike
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1 posted 04-08-2000 10:15 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

While I often referred to our house as Grand Central Station when the four kids were in high school and we were inundated with teenagers on a nightly basis, yours is so much more lovely and reminiscent of yesteryear...  what an exquisite picture you create.
Marge Tindal
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2 posted 04-08-2000 10:45 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 just fascinate me !
Every thought in a new light ...
a vision that comes to me as though
I'd never heard it put that way ...
and yet ..... bringing me 'thoughts'
I know I've seen and heard.

'her feet like small afterthoughts
below her bellowing skirt'

God, that's so familiar ....
you just do the nicest things with
your words.  
I'm a great big fan in case I haven't made that perfectly clear !  
Love to you .... ~*Marge*~


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3 posted 04-08-2000 10:56 PM       View Profile for lucky   Email lucky   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for lucky

I just got ta tell ya this is pressed somewhere between A plus and A plus. Your imagery seems to of taken on a new scope. Top of the line is a good place for you.

 
Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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Oh, Martie, you should either publish a book, or create a poetry site!  You are blooming with exquisite poetry like a spring garden yourself!
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This is such a wonderful picture of a time from the past!

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5 posted 04-09-2000 12:18 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Very beautiful, Marge. You have caputured my sentiments exactly with your beautiful words!

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6 posted 04-09-2000 12:24 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

This is wonderful, Martie. It is always so interesting to look at a building or a place and recreate in the mind the activities and scenes that had taken place there, be it an old baseball stadium, the Titanic or Grand Central Station.....
Martie
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7 posted 04-09-2000 12:17 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Mike--I love your grand central station, I think it needs a poem too...thanks so much for you comment.

Marge--You are so sweet, I am a big fan of yours too, ya know

lucky--if you were my teacher, with those grades, I'd be your pupil any day.  Thank you so much for the sweet reply.

Rosemary--maybe someday I will--thanks sweet friend.

Denise--Martie likes comment--thanks  

Balladeer--Yes it is interesting.  The last time I was at that station I was buy tickets and this time I was setting up for a wedding, just kind of blew we away.
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Martie,

yours is a spiritual soul...most definitely!
this was lovely journey, you took us back to the past, then forward again, then, just a peek back.  Great poem.

Corinne
Martie
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Thank you Corinne--this means alot coming from a poet such as yourself.
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I am always totally captivated by the imagery in your poetry. Wonderful work  
Elizabeth Santos
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Martie, I hardly know what to say anymore, for you continually make my heart skip a few beats every time I read your work. I agree with Rosemary. Your work should be published so that many more could experience your writings. Here you have absolutely captured the spirit of the past in this piece. It is so much more than descripion. There is a blatant reality in the flow of your words, yet they don't shout the reality, just whisper it. You are amazing
Liz
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