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The Family Album

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Martie
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The Family Album  (for my mother)


From the porch swing of safe rocking
with that familiar squeak
I knew just the right rhythm to call home
with scabby knees falling so often into this lap
where breathing was better.

I see you now in your glass frame,
Marian of youth glow camera charm delicate
that twitch of smile
lips like thin petals
leaning towards me
from those black and white years.

What took you through the colored days
and all the intricate minutes
to the time when you found such pleasure
rolling up your pants
to just above the knee and wading the shallow end
with age dropping around you.

That minute when I stole your glee
for my album lingers here in treasured time out
for you in heaven have descended
to me again and again in warm folding
and covered me with that same precious blanket
that cradled my porch swing peace.

Sometimes the rhythm of time comes unglued
and frees me to fall back and hold you to me
in your magnificent pain
where courage surprised me with its display
as your fingers stroked away the walls
holding you with fragments of smiles
and took you drugged and delirious
across the threshold.

So in this opening
the past spreads its color
in front of me and I just want
to curl with you on that swing
and let memory drench me
with you.




[This message has been edited by Martie (edited 05-03-2000).]
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1 posted 05-03-2000 04:14 PM       View Profile for A.C.Turner   Email A.C.Turner   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for A.C.Turner

So beautiful! Lots of wonderful phrases in there. This is a piece I will enjoy for years to come. Thanks for this one. ACT.
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2 posted 05-03-2000 04:18 PM       View Profile for ESP   Email ESP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ESP

Martie....this is wonderful. You have taken my breath away with the beauty, love and sadness here. Emotions exquisitely expressed. Thank you for sharing this.

Love and hugs,
Lizzie


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3 posted 05-03-2000 04:23 PM       View Profile for Marina   Email Marina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marina

This is beyond compare Martie!  Your emotions are told so beautifully and flawlessly.  A treasure for sure.

I was just reading your post to mine and I had to read this....

Marina


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4 posted 05-03-2000 04:47 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Martie, I got nostalgic goosebumps as I read this, thinking of those black and white years. A wonderful look at family ties.
Exquisite, again.
Liz
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5 posted 05-03-2000 05:17 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Oh, Martie... this is beautiful! So much sadness for what wasn't... so much appreciation for what was. Thank you for sharing your memories... and reminding me of some of my own.
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this is great, I just love imagining the pictures you paint with your words  
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Martie, brought tears to my eyes with this one, hon.

Corinne
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What a wonderful way to describe the Family Album...it's so sad to look at sometimes, wondering where those years went to...we were just kids a few days ago weren't we?
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ACT--Thanks so much for the years to come..that is quite a compliment.

Lizzie--thank you for such a sweet reply...Hugs back.

Marina--I was hoping that you would read this, you compliment me greatly with your reply.

Corazon--Thank you for such a nice compliment.

Corinne--And you have for me, a nuber of times.

PdV--Yup, we were kids just a few days ago..well... I'm still a kid ..(he he)
Liz--are goose bumps good for you?  Thanks for being so sweet.

suthern--glad to have brought back some of your memories, with mine.
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10 posted 06-15-2000 01:24 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~
With a son getting married Saturday ...
I was flipping through a few 'Family Albums' myself.
This is exquisite.

'So in this opening
the past spreads its color
in front of me and I just want
to curl with you on that swing
and let memory drench me
with you.'

Yep .... a 'Polaroid moment' for sure.
~*Marge*~


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