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A Thousand Lifetimes

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Member Patricius
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0 posted 04-28-2000 02:32 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

A Thousand Lifetimes

I have sailed a thousand journeys
I have lived a thousand dreams
I have held a thousand wishes
Planed a thousand foolish schemes

I have lost tenfold and more times
I have wandered paths alone
I have fought enormous battles
Slaying dragons on my own

I have spanned the highest reaches
I have gazed at far most stars
But in all my expectations
Never realized love like ours

I have knelt to God in reverence
I have humbled many men
Spent a lifetime simply searching
Traveling far and back again

I have borne the grief of many
I have lived the life of few
But Iíve never loved another
Quite the way that I love you

I have pondered all lifeís mysteries
I have written words in rhyme
I have cursed the saints in heaven
Held the hand of love in mine

I have dug a thousand trenches
Buried pasts and let them lay
Iíve revealed a thousand secrets
In the words Iíve had to say

And if now my journeys ended
If Iíve lived all I can be
Let me sleep the sleep of ages
Content in knowing you loved me

 To love means never to be afraid of the windstorms of life: should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings. ~Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
© Copyright 2000 Ruth Kephart - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 04-28-2000 02:37 PM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

This is absolutely beautiful. You have written your heart very well. Rest asured "we" all love you here at passions.
You brighten my day just to see your name even before I read your works.

All my love,

 I lie awake in a world filled with dreams,
but dreams can be so real when you don't know you're asleep
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2 posted 04-28-2000 03:19 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Lovely thoughts Ruth...I have wondered if anyone will miss me when I pass away....I hope and pray that while some are mourning some will be smiling in their heart when they remember how I loved them and how they loved me.    James
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3 posted 04-28-2000 07:48 PM       View Profile for netswan   Email netswan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit netswan's Home Page   View IP for netswan

hoot owl  this is such a great poem.
Full of life and how it is, and full
of truths, and such a love -- Wow.

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4 posted 04-28-2000 07:51 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

Wow... Ruth, this one actually left me speechless. That doesn't happen a lot! Good job, and glad to see you back!

 "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -Oscar Wilde
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5 posted 04-28-2000 07:52 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Ruth, this is wonderful and pondering...sounds like you've been doing alot of thinking.  
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6 posted 04-28-2000 08:29 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Ah, Ruth, this took my breath away! Absolutely beautiful!  

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7 posted 04-28-2000 08:49 PM       View Profile for First__Knight   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for First__Knight

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!.......   This is some of finest work I have ever seen.  Word could do this not justice.  SO nice to see you Ruth

 A man does not love a woman because she is beautiful...But she is beautiful because he loves her.

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8 posted 04-28-2000 09:31 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Wow, Ruth, you don't just slip back in quietly. You break the door down and say HERE I AM! An excellent display of writing here.
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9 posted 04-28-2000 09:54 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Ruth, be assured that YOU would be remembered! Wonderful poem .... glad to see you back again!
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10 posted 04-28-2000 11:35 PM       View Profile for pen of passion   Email pen of passion   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for pen of passion

Great poem.  I feel so unworlddddly now.  (Don't feel so bad pen, you've got that degree--just keep at it). OK.
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11 posted 04-29-2000 03:29 AM       View Profile for hsystems   Email hsystems   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hsystems's Home Page   View IP for hsystems

Ruth, I don't believe they have ever established a rating system for beauty, like they have for hotels.  But, if they had, I am sure it would be based on your poetry.  So, let me be the first to coin this phrase: "This is a five-hoot poem!"


 Beautiful, Thought-Provoking Poetry

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12 posted 04-29-2000 06:01 AM       View Profile for lucky   Email lucky   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for lucky


I have to tell you, we have enough children, believe me to last for a lifetime. Are you interested in a couple, maybe fore or five..? Just kidding. They love us all so much. I'm just so darn "Lucky" but things could change this next year if you'd be..............HAHA,HOHO,HEHE. interested. ROFL [oh yes, we very much love you]

[This message has been edited by lucky (edited 04-29-2000).]
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13 posted 04-29-2000 11:17 AM       View Profile for vandana   Email vandana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for vandana

I enjoyed your read.!!!!!!
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14 posted 04-29-2000 02:39 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Well you've said it all,
Now what's left to say?
Excellent poem *L* Sy
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15 posted 04-29-2000 06:38 PM       View Profile for Lone Wolf   Email Lone Wolf   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lone Wolf

Wow.........excellent poem!!!!  You have said so much here.  You heart is beautiful and these words are wonderful....loved every single one.  

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16 posted 04-29-2000 06:42 PM       View Profile for tracie66   Email tracie66   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit tracie66's Home Page   View IP for tracie66

Oh Ruth~
So much is said in this and so passionate, what a wonderful poem this is.

 Love is the life of the soul...
It is the harmony of the universe

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17 posted 04-30-2000 10:30 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

This was absolutely lovely ... you've inspired me to pick up my pen again, before I "sleep the sleep".

What a heartfelt and flowing poem.

/Kit McCallum
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18 posted 04-30-2000 12:10 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Incredible poem, Hoot... and I envy you being able to write the last line... that's a lifetime I'm still waiting to live. *S*
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19 posted 04-30-2000 02:24 PM       View Profile for ESP   Email ESP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ESP

Hoot_Owl_rn, this is wonderful!!! Definitely one for the "keep forever" collection!

Love and hugs,

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20 posted 04-30-2000 03:19 PM       View Profile for Franni   Email Franni   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Franni


This is beautiful and has such a universal theme.  So glad you are blessed with such a love...  What a tribute!


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21 posted 04-30-2000 03:38 PM       View Profile for Gemini   Email Gemini   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gemini

There is power in these words.  Fantastic poem!
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22 posted 04-30-2000 05:26 PM       View Profile for Dr.Moose1   Email Dr.Moose1   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dr.Moose1

Humbly echoing all the above .
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23 posted 05-01-2000 03:44 AM       View Profile for TearsFromHeaven   Email TearsFromHeaven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for TearsFromHeaven

     Absolutely Incredible!  My friend TerryW told me when I got to Passions that there were some special poets that I had to look up.  I can see that he was right when he told me that I had to find your work.  I can feel the power in your work.  Truly lovely!

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24 posted 05-02-2000 08:32 AM       View Profile for Cerenity   Email Cerenity   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cerenity

Hi Lady Hoot,

This is just so neet has a toon to it, Its neet to right about love, very beautiful poem here, thanks for sharing it.

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