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Stepping Stones From Tears

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Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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` ` ` ` `
` ` ` ` `Such a
vast eternal journey
` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `over lichened rocks that slip
` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `where slimy algae grows.
` `
In paths of flooding mountains,
` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` leaping icy waters’ trip
` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `from sky-lined alpine snows;
` ` `
glide ‘cross rocky water paths,
` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` down sloping sided tossing;
` `
` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` wild, chaotic, turbulent
` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `for all the vivid seasons.
` ` `
It seems too formidable e’en to
` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` attempt a stalwart crossing,
` `
` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `from aching winters spent;
` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `in these nights of darkest reasons.
` ` `

` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `  Yet the empire of tears remains a cold
` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `  and solitary land. Step by faltering step
` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `ventures my slow and careful stand.
                        Moving fearfully but endlessly,
                          from stone to tipping stone;
                             for the perilous flight to
                                joy is just this one
                                  long trek alone.
` ` `
` ` `




[This message has been edited by Rosemary J. Gwaltney (edited 04-12-2000).]
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Jeffrey Carter
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1 posted 04-12-2000 11:03 PM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

Well said..but KNOW you are not alone in the spiritual sense

Jeffrey
Martie
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2 posted 04-12-2000 11:10 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Rosemary--This is so crystal like in clarity to my heart--it is just perfect!
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Rosemary, it really is perfect. Your presentation and phrasing gives the reader the true sense of stepping tentatively along your path of stones. Life is, indeed, a journey, is it not? A wonderful gifting here, and I thank you!

~ Claire
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you just reminded me that all of those steps that we are taking ever so softly and carefully, are much easier when we have the Lord holding our hand...

thank you.

i loved this.
lucky
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5 posted 04-13-2000 01:04 AM       View Profile for lucky   Email lucky   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for lucky

You know you wouldn't be sliping if the kids did their jobs right and didn't leave so much slippery water on the floor. I went to the bathroom this other morning around four, 'bout broke my neck sliding on wet soapy floor, almost forgot what I was doing there or going for. Has that ever happened to you..?

 
Danny Holloway
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Very nice writing!  Liked the way you layed it out also.

 A life isn't significant except for its impact on other lives.

lucky
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7 posted 04-15-2000 05:03 PM       View Profile for lucky   Email lucky   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for lucky

Honey'

Your going to have to get "Guru Margie" to help ya with those steppin' stones. I'm sure she has a couple extra lying around the shoreline she can spare.
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8 posted 04-15-2000 05:05 PM       View Profile for wayoutwalt   Email wayoutwalt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wayoutwalt

this is fantastic thanx for takin me along

 All Day I Dream About Stanzas!!
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9 posted 04-15-2000 05:39 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

Rosemary~
You tiptoe the stones deftly ...
but never alone, my friend.

LOL @ Lucky !

Okay ... here goes !

Stones of memory
Laid out on the path of tears
Come, let's step gently

Stones for stepping on
Or for stepping over ... yet
Throw a stone at HIM !

Rosemary ... me thinks that perhaps
you deserve a medal !  
Love you two.
~*Marge*~


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Seymour Tabin
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10 posted 04-15-2000 05:44 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Rosemary,
A wonderful presentation and poem. It is a pleasure to read.
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Rosemary


a beautiful poem to read both in presentation and in form. lovely choice of words and very artistic gift you possess.

take care,
amy  

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WhtDove
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This is wondeful! The stepping stones of life, sometimes slippery. Always have someone by our side, to help lift us when we fall. I enjoyed this much!
Alwye
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13 posted 04-16-2000 12:42 AM       View Profile for Alwye   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alwye

Incredibly beautiful work here.  You speak with such wisdom.

 *Krista Knutson*

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.
~*Albert Schweitzer*~
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14 posted 04-16-2000 08:27 PM       View Profile for winterinblue   Email winterinblue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for winterinblue

I know how it goes, taking one step at a time, trying to move to a better place in life without all the pain.  Precarious rocks, aren't they?  Nice poem.
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15 posted 12-11-2001 06:59 AM       View Profile for Siofra   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Siofra

Your writing always did amaze me. I wonder where you are.   enjoyed!

I am many.

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