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Memories On The Wall

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jwesley
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0 posted 05-04-2000 01:56 PM       View Profile for jwesley   Email jwesley   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for jwesley

\c{Memories On The Wall

We painted her room,
a week or so ago,
and it was the hardest thing we ever did;
that simple task
of covering the past.
On her walls were the memories,
amassed,
and adored,
for the eighteen years of her life.
Simple things
like a penciled name,
a number,
a crayoned star,
a sticker here and there.
Deeper things
like a birthday card,
a hand-written note,
a rabbits foot,
pictures…
so many pictures…
cards,
and miscellaneous things,
cradled among the dolls
and stuffed animals she loved.
Junk to some,
treasures of the heart to her,
pieces of her soul,
all that her life was,
until today.
We said goodbye
to the memories on the walls,
to the hours and hours
we'd spend in her room,
reliving all that she'd ever been.
Walls that lived with her
minute by minute,
year by year,
everyday of her life.
We said goodbye
to the child that was
and will always be so essential
to each of our lives.
And with every brush stroke
of fresh white paint,
we said hello
to this beautiful,
vibrant.
butterfly,
emerging into the light of day.

W. James Beard, Jr.}




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David2
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Very moving and touching. I enjoyed this greatly.
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BSC
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2 posted 05-04-2000 02:06 PM       View Profile for BSC   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for BSC

Wow- This is so bittersweet, and beautiful. Certainly touched my heart.   Bonnie
Sudhir Iyer
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3 posted 05-04-2000 02:07 PM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

Moved me for sure, James.

Regards,
Sudhir

 In any moment of decision,
The best thing you can do is the right thing,
The next-best thing is the wrong thing,
And the worst thing you can do is nothing.
- Theodore Roosevelt
jwesley
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4 posted 05-04-2000 02:08 PM       View Profile for jwesley   Email jwesley   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jwesley

Hi Folks,

I'm  really interested to know if this works as it's supposed to.  I guess I mean do you get out of it what I meant it to say...without my telling you how it originated.

Thanks....

j.
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5 posted 05-04-2000 02:55 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

At first I was afraid you were speaking of a child that had died, but then felt that you were speaking of growing up...in any case, it is a beautiful and touching poem.
Janet Marie
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6 posted 05-04-2000 06:37 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

JW
this is an exceptional poem...very touching and emotionally strong...as is the imagery...
very well written.
as for your question...
like Martie...as I was reading I too thought it might be about a child who died, but by the ending verse...I drawn towards the realization of either a daughter moving out..to go off to college, or on her own..or perhaps to get married.
anyway...its a wonderful piece of parental devotion.
take care, jm


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