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Holidays Seem As Living Entities

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Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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Holidays’ Lives;
wielded Butcher Knives;
are entities all their own, in our perverted
culture grown; for money’s high and golden throne.
But for me, they are only carving the stars out of the night sky;
slicing the shining moon from view; and hideously eviscerating the sun.

Holidays’ Lives;
polished Butcher Knives;
chisel my soul into piles of shavings;
cleave my heart in two halves; and dissect my
present life from my pasts'.  They sculpt my unwanted,
new life for me, and light it with phosphorescence so I must ever see.
They whittle my prior existence into extinction, dark and dank and musty moldy.

Holidays’ Lives;
whetted Butcher Knives;
like Christmas, birthdays, and Mother’s Day;
shaving me into slivers; piercing my mind with myriad red-hot
needle-holes, through which pour the thick blood-red memories of my lost;
swirling into each other until I cannot enter a church without crying;
I cannot enter a store without tears; I cannot find consolation
except in prayer, or cradled within my
loving husband’s arms.


(Am I ever going to be okay again?)

[This message has been edited by Rosemary J. Gwaltney (edited 05-12-2000).]
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1 posted 05-12-2000 06:49 PM       View Profile for REBECCA ALLYN   Email REBECCA ALLYN   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for REBECCA ALLYN

Very interesting!!
I really like it

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Oh, Rosemary~
My dear, of course you'll be alright.
Because they don't affect me in the same way they affect you, doesn't mean I don't try to understand your feelings.

I love the holidays for the beauty and joy they bring to my life.
I celebrate the holidays of my life in rememberance of the ocassions they represent to me ... and certainly wouldn't intentionally inflict another with any pain in doing so.

My mother is no longer here and even though Mother's Day carries some sadness ... I celebrate that I am a mother because she gave me life and I gave life to four others.

My father is no longer here ... and I feel the same celebration in a day that causes me to reflect on who he was and what he left with me to share with others.

I guess everyone treats the holidays of their lives differently ... but I respect someone else's right to shy away from them.
Sweetie, I try to draw on the happy memories I'm able to find in those days and traditions that mean something to me and give me a reason to remember the happy events that they brought me.

I'm sorry for your pain, hon. Honest I am.  I share a hug with you from a heart that has also known the pain of departure of loved ones.  
I love you, Rosemary.

 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~

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