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The Secret Letter

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 06-18-2000 11:25 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

The Secret Letter

Among the cobwebbed attic treasures
The memories of yesteryear
Books and pictures, notes well weathered
Some brought laughter, some brought tears

She rummaged  through the souvenirs
For hours and hours in reminisce
Childhood friends and high school proms
Her first real date, her first real kiss

Then she stumbled on a box
Of keepsakes from her mother’s day
Little secret well-kept treasures
Opened now to light of day

She read the letters from her father
Words of love that brought her tears
She walked back through her mother’s youth
Recapturing the long lost years

One more letter left unopened
At the bottom of the box
She sat and stared at it in wonder
Brushing back her golden locks

Dare she read the secret letter
From her mother’s unknown youth
This box of treasures kindly quenching
Thirst for knowledge of the truth

She tore the envelope wide open
Pulled the letter from inside
And in the musty attic air
She read it slowly as she cried

It was a letter full of love
Not written in her father’s hand
Addressed “Dear Rosebud” at the top
A letter from another man

It told of his undying love
And promised her that he would be
Beside her always in this life
And ever through eternity

The letter was unsigned of course
And barely finished in its haste
The ink was stained with teardrops
Of a love that now had gone to waste

She’d had a vision of her mother
Only seen in photographs
And always looking like an angel
Full of love and joyful laughs

And now the vision had been shattered
Now the truth had been exposed
A letter to a "Rosebud"
And her mother was the lovely rose

She took the letter to her father
And through her tears revealed the truth
Her mother had another love
The mother that she never knew

Her father tearfully then nodded
Trembling as he read the page
He said sometimes the written word
Reveals the truth from age to age

He held her tight and said these words
This secret I already knew
This letter’s in your mother’s hand
The Rosebud, darling, it was you

Elizabeth Santos
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Poet deVine
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1 posted 06-18-2000 11:28 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Perfection. Any poem that moves me as this one did deserves to be in the book.  
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2 posted 06-18-2000 11:41 AM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

Elizabeth~ I was moved to tears.... I can't tell you how this touched me. I can't vote enough.......   -SEA
Sudhir Iyer
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3 posted 06-18-2000 12:15 PM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

Moving and many of your poems...doesn't get any better than this one...

Really enjoyed it... has to be a part of the book for sure...

Regards, sudhir
JOY 14
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4 posted 06-18-2000 01:07 PM       View Profile for JOY 14   Email JOY 14   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JOY 14's Home Page   View IP for JOY 14

I agree with all.  I loved this poem, Elizabeth!

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5 posted 06-18-2000 01:39 PM       View Profile for JP   Email JP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JP's Home Page   View IP for JP

Damn.  This one made me tear up, and that is not an easy thing to do...

Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.

"Everything is your own damn fault, if you are any good." E. Hemmingway
X Angel
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6 posted 06-18-2000 04:17 PM       View Profile for X Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for X Angel

dang ya got me crying.
this was incredibly sweet, especially because my Mother and I aren't close at all.
Beautiful beautiful words my dear
ellie LeJeune
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7 posted 06-18-2000 05:06 PM       View Profile for ellie LeJeune   Email ellie LeJeune   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ellie LeJeune

Liz; I have chills and I'm so touched. Definitly your best ever. Can't wait to see it in the book. love, Ellie
Kit McCallum
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8 posted 06-18-2000 06:15 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Oh Elizabeth ... I keep saying "this one's my favorite" with you ... but it's true each time!  I absolutely adored this!

Best wishes,
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9 posted 06-18-2000 06:20 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

Liz, this touched me as deeply as it did the first time I read it. You have my vote!

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -Oscar Wilde
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10 posted 06-18-2000 10:59 PM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

Definately the kind of stuff this book should be made of girl!  I'm sniffling too - I loved the twist, really made this one special.  

"Fantasies enrich our lives to the fullest, but true satisfaction comes from creating your own story in the real world! Live out your fantasies & make a storybook with beautiful pictures for the world to enjoy! -poetFemme

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11 posted 06-19-2000 02:52 AM       View Profile for ESP   Email ESP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ESP

This is perfect. *vote*. What a touching and beautiful poem. I love it.

Love and hugs,

"Poetry is the true expression of my soul, it is my ultimate means of communication. It is my rainbow of delight."
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12 posted 06-19-2000 09:23 AM       View Profile for BSC   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for BSC

Elizabeth - Ditto all of the responses previous to this, so wonderfully touching.  Bonnie
Jon Mewett
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13 posted 06-19-2000 09:31 AM       View Profile for Jon Mewett   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jon Mewett

Just wonderful.

Janet Marie
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14 posted 06-19-2000 12:38 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

How you could ever choose between all your masterpieces is beyond me... but this one is a perfect reflection of your amazing gift
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15 posted 06-20-2000 03:16 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I have been looking for this---absolutely one of my all-time favorites---was hoping you'd post this....
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16 posted 06-20-2000 11:05 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This has to be my most favorite of yours, Elizabeth, without a doubt!  

Yu Lan
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17 posted 06-21-2000 12:07 AM       View Profile for Yu Lan   Email Yu Lan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Yu Lan

beautiful.. such a magical poem.

Loved this work Elizabeth, just fantastic.. yep, well worth publishing! ^_^


"He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened." Lao-tsu

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18 posted 06-21-2000 12:24 AM       View Profile for spiked   Email spiked   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for spiked

You had me even before the end
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19 posted 06-21-2000 12:29 AM       View Profile for wayoutwalt   Email wayoutwalt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wayoutwalt

i remember this one it gave me goosebumps and it still does yuh
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20 posted 06-21-2000 02:28 AM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bsquirrel

Sure, it's sentimental, but I never would have guessed the ending -- and you tempered the sentimental side with lovely details and wisdom. So I'll forgive you.   Definitely should be in the book.

linda munday
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21 posted 06-21-2000 03:40 AM       View Profile for linda munday   Email linda munday   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for linda munday

I got goes round three of my goosebumps.  It was fantastic.  Moist eyes and heartfelt gratitude to you for this.
What can I say.... WOW WOW WOW
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22 posted 06-21-2000 03:48 AM       View Profile for deleeme   Email deleeme   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit deleeme's Home Page   View IP for deleeme

yes, yes--- Put this one in the book and make it the very first one there-- this is Fantastic, Liz
  I'm glad you submitted it,  David
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23 posted 06-21-2000 09:35 PM       View Profile for Elyse   Email Elyse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elyse

so so wonnderful.  one of your best.  

luv Elyse
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24 posted 06-21-2000 09:45 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Ka-Ching! Vote's in  
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