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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 08-13-2000 03:43 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos


Hooked on Poetry

Was it the words from the raven of Poe
That first got you tangled in webs you didnít know
The rhythm and thought of the black nevermore
And the tapping just luring you into the core

Or was it the night you were first mesmerized
By a fire burning bright in a tigerís wild eyes
Tell me what was the dreaded and feared symmetry
That first got you hooked on the word poetry

Were you suddenly caught in a huge Hug Oí War
Full of cuddles and kisses you didnít know before
Were you lured by an oyster and walrus that talk
And ended up going on a long jabber walk

Did you sail in a shoe to catch small herring fish
Did you first hear a rhyme of a spoon and a dish
Tell me when did you first know of Winnie the Pooh
Was it he and a beetle that first captured you

Or did you once wander in woods dark and deep
On a New England evening in snowy white steep
With a horse needing rest from the burdensome load
That showed you the less traveled poetry road

Perhaps you were charmed in a lyrical way
By a master who called you a bright summers day
Was a sonnet the song that first opened your mind
To the wonders of verses with rhythm and rhyme

Even a poem with no meter at all
May have caught your attention with thoughts strange and small
With the notion that jujubees lined in a row
Could remind one of glories from years long ago

Whatever it was that incited your taste
For the beauty of poetry happened in haste
For the first time you hear lines a poet conceived
You are caught in a web that you cannot unweave

Elizabeth Santos




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Mark Bohannan
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1 posted 08-13-2000 03:59 AM       View Profile for Mark Bohannan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mark Bohannan

Liz--this is so amazing and you once again bring me to my knees in honoring you.  I for one am caught in this web and I dont even want out.lol  You bring smiles and tears to us and you bring joy and sadness but all through your works and we love you for that.

To answer the question----Robert Frost and Kahlil Gibran  

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Elizabeth Santos
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2 posted 08-13-2000 04:13 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Mark, I think others are caught in your web, for your writing is superb. As for me it was Christopher Robin. But KG is one of my favorites. Sometimes I read him aloud to my grown children. Thank you so much for your kind words, and know that I am also caught in your web
Liz
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3 posted 08-13-2000 09:43 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Liz, this is wonderful! So many cool references here...I have to admit it was Shakespeare for me (with a bit of Frost). Lovely poem!
Nan
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4 posted 08-13-2000 09:47 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

This is truly wonderful, Elizabeth - I love the flow - I love the allusions.... It's great...

For me, it was teaching with today's Literature texts... and having to dig into the school archives to find substantial poetry worth teaching...



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Bill Charles
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5 posted 08-13-2000 10:13 AM       View Profile for Bill Charles   Email Bill Charles   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bill Charles

Good morning Elizabeth,
Your mastery of the language is exquisite. This writing is more than great, it's supendous! What an artist you are.
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I had heard the meter and might
of fortuitous pens that would write
spreading love through sonnet and song
it's to this world I would hope to belong...

don't recall which was the first
who lured me to the world of verse,
could it have been an old clock
when first heard ~ Hickory Dickory Dock...

perhaps the songs with their rhythmic rhyme
is what lured me here, through all time
but I know of one who keeps me here,
and it is you, Sweet Elizabeth, dear!

Loved it, Hug you!



Karilea
When you want to be loved, look within...KRJ


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Marge Tindal
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7 posted 08-13-2000 10:41 AM       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

Elizabeth~
A wonderfully stirring pen ...
for me it was the sweet sounds heard at the
hearth of my great great grandmother ...
who sang her verses to me.

I sang long before I recognized it as poetry.

The penning of verse by my mother
turned me on to writing my 'songs'.

A gift of the works of Rod McKuen in his
'Come To Me In Silence' ... greatly influenced me
and opened up the 'need' to write each day.

This is a lovely cork-popper of a poem,
opening us all up as to the 'when-where-why'
Thanks, dear poetess.
~*Marge*~


~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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8 posted 08-13-2000 10:47 AM       View Profile for BreyerRose   Email BreyerRose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for BreyerRose

Yes, I too am caught in the web, the spider, my father.  I wish I could write like him.  This was a great piece and the words ring true in my ears.  

Hugs and Kisses,
Paula

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Just wonderful Liz. . .

For me, it was poetry in general. . . but it was the most unlikely of poets, e e cummings, that got me hooked on not only reading, but writing and expressing myself through this most compact and visual of forms. . .

Loved everything about this. . . especially the allusions!!  Going through, saying to myself, "Yep. . . I've read that one!!"  

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That which gives light must endure burning
--Victor Frankl

Elizabeth Santos
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10 posted 08-13-2000 12:05 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Poet devine,
Shakespeare will do it all right, but I believe from infancy rhythm in engrained in us, we just don't recall the first poem. Thank you for the comments

Nan,
You are truly steeped in poetry and with distinguished aquaintances. Thanks so much for your comments

Bill,
Thank you, my romantic poet friend

Sunshine,
You brought sunshine to my face this morning with your verse.Thank you

Marge,
No wonder poetry flows so swiftly from your pen, IT'S IN THE GENES! You must have slendid memories of songs being sung at home fromm early childhood. Thanks for the input

Paula,
Oh how wonderful it must be to have a parent who writes poetry. Thank you for the response

Sven,
Had fun writing this one this morning. Your remarks are interesting. Thank you

Liz

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tori
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Elizabeth, this was great!! totaly enjoyed it, I think it was Poe that got me first but Shakespeare took my breath away you could tell he had some influnce in my first poem...lol second grade we were asked to write something about our pet's and it started then....in 1965
Rebble
My dog Rebble is a good old dog
Sleeps like a bear
And eats like a hog
He runs like a deer
And he hops like a rabbit
He smiles like a human
and thats his habbits..lol

If with pen in hand I've made you think
I've not wasted one drop of ink
Vlh.
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Elizabeth Santos
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12 posted 08-13-2000 01:44 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Tori, For second grade, that was a masterpiece, and cute as can be, Thank you for sharing it
Liz
Paula Finn
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For me it was the Highwayman that captured this poets soul...what memories you bring back

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jwesley
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A lovely, wonderful poem ES. Don't really know what started this with me.  So many things I read and admired, but did something in particular spark the poetic side I try to have...I honestly don't know.

Enjoyed this much.

jwesley
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Oh Elizabeth!!!  I'm crying again over your words, but this time it is through the laughter of memory...Y'see...I was a cheerleader, and I started out writing cheers!!!  Oh my, WHAT HAPPENED!?!  ROFL...

Thank you so much...I'll keep that one with me today...sometimes I just amuse myself...ha ha ha
Kit McCallum
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16 posted 08-13-2000 02:27 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

I loved this Liz!       

For me ... almost every children's book, every lullibye, every beautiful word I could read or listen to at the knee of my mother or grandfather, held me captive, poetry or no.

If I must pick a favorite ... I honestly must say "Yurtle the Turtle" by Dr. Seuess for both  it's lesson in life, and it's sweet rhyme ... how's that for sophisticated  

Wonderful memories this has brought back ... thank you yet again Liz!  

Best wishes,
/Kit
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17 posted 08-13-2000 03:02 PM       View Profile for ellie LeJeune   Email ellie LeJeune   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ellie LeJeune

Dear Liz; What a marvelously creative poem this is!
I must tell you that in high school, someone gave me a tiny book of Elizabeth Barrett Brownings "Sonnets to the Portuguese." My first poem was a sonnet, and I've been a junkie ever since.
You poetry touches me everytime. You are, quite simply, the best! love, ellie

Summers haunting melody
that awakens
the butterflies,
calling them to join
the dance
in their silent song
of praise to God.

eL
Elizabeth Santos
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Paula,
Thanks for sharing

jwesly,
well, whatever it was, you somwhow ended up here on passions. Thanks

serenity,
Oh, those terrible cheers!But we knew them all by heart. If you could hear the ones from MY high school, you would die laughing. Now you've got me laughing. Thanks

Kit,
You did have a poetic childhood, it seems. My favorite childhood poem was "Wynken, Blynken and Nod" (sp?) and still remains today one of my very favorite poems

ellie, Wow, a sonnet junkie who writes beautiful free verse. No wonder you got hooked, someone gave you a gift to last a lifetime. But, what happened to the sonnets?
Thanks , Ellie for your comments

Liz
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Elizabeth you are so precious and this is truly delightful....you covered so many of them in such a wonderful way that I'm sure they all would be impressed....I can't say enough about the joy you bring to all of us.. well I have to go now because........

the time has come the walrus said
to speak of many things
of shoes and ships and sealing wax
and cabbages and kings
and wether the sea is boiling hot
and wether pigs have wings
"but wait a while!" the oysters cried
"before we have our chat
for most of us are out of breath
and all of us are fat."
"no hurry," said the carpenter
they thanked him much for that.

"a loaf of bread," the walrus said
"is what we chiefly need,
some pepper and vinager too
would be very good indeed,
and then oysters dear
we can begin our feed."
"but not on us!" the oysters cried
feeling a little blue
"after such kindness
that would be a dismal thing to do."
the carpenter said nothing but,
"do you enjoy the view?"

that's all I can remember...the point is..yes those are the kinds of things that hook you on poetry....have a good night..
Elizabeth Santos
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ethome, Those memories from childhood are pretty strong. Thanks for bringing back those delightful verses. For me Eugene Field's poem reeled me in, but I can only recall two verses

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe
Sailed on a river of crystal light
Into a sea of dew
"Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
The old moon asked the three.
"We have come to fish for the herring fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we!"
Said Wynken,Blynken,And Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song
As they rocked in the wooden shoe,
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew.
The little stars were the herring fish
That lived in the beautiful sea
"Now cast your nets wherever you wish
Never afeard are we"
So cried the stars to the fisherman three
Wynken,Blynken,and Nod.

You can't help but love poetry as a child when you mother reads you these lines
Thanks, ethome for your response
Liz

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21 posted 08-14-2000 09:51 AM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

Lizzie,
i have got kicked 3 times in the last day trying to reply to this..
I remain undaunted ...lol
I ADORE this poem....its so perfect...
one of my favs of yours
thank you for the memories it brought flooding in when I read it....
thinking of you dear, sweet poet
love ya
jm

There are places inside our souls -
that have never been touched.
There are places inside our hearts -
that need to be loved this much.
~jm~

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Fantastic work, Elizabeth!  Thus quoth the raven, nevermore!  I recall my English teacher reading Poe and scaring the wits out of me, but yes, it is our early exposure to such classics that gets us hooked!

Corinne
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This is so wonderful Liz...you have started such thought back to the beginning for so many...I think I started with singing too...and then there was A Child's Garden of Verses....and Longfellow, we memorized Hyawatha in grade school, because our school was named for him...

Thanks for this beautiful poem and the beautiful poet that shares with us.
Elizabeth Santos
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24 posted 08-14-2000 01:13 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Janet Marie,
Sounds like you are having computer problems.Thanks for your comments and well wishes - very much appreciated

Corinne,
Everytime I think of The Raven, I can only imagine Vincent Price reciting it. Talk about creeps!
Thanks for your input

Martie,
Yes, I had forgotten about A Child's Garden of verses. I was raised on that. It's nice to recall those days when mother read them to us
Thanks dear
Liz
 
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