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The Black and White of it

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Martie
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The Black and White of it

I see in black and white
when the past creeps in
and I decorate time
with movement backward
where I can see pale dark hair
and questioning face
slightly lost and dreamy
in a drenched and baggy swimsuit
gazing across the sand
attending to the sea sounds
and the long expanse of beach

and next to me my blond brother
tall and sturdy with curiosity
looks down with reverence
into the face of a clock he holds
his fingers already itching to undo
each tiny screw and move each part
of the ticking mystery.

I see I am the same girl now
tramping footsteps across the sand
and wondering gaze across the blue
reverent majesty of life
that overwhelms me into making words
to try to explain
and he now a physician in white coat
stethoscope adornment
looks into slowly ticking life
with amazed motherboard fascination.

In this simple childhood photo
is the beginning of what I still am
and will be
caught and forever obvious
though life has pulsed
in changing backdrops
coloring eyes to green
and skin from pale to rosy
and he is somewhat withered from his verdant hold
on curiosity

still we recognize who we are
is just who we were
in color.



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Marge Tindal
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1 posted 05-21-2000 04:52 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~
You color the photos with the artist's brush of time from the palette of your memory.
Very uniquely done.
Very satisfying to read.

Makes me realize why I admire black and white photography so much.
And ... why I love your poetry so much.
Unique.
Love you ~
~*Marge*~




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In this simple childhood photo
is the beginning of what I still am
and will be
caught and forever obvious
though life has pulsed
in changing backdrops
coloring eyes to green
and skin from pale to rosy
and he is somewhat withered from his verdant hold
on curiosity

still we recognize who we are
is just who we were


Stunning, You paint clear and colour images with your words. A Wonderful poem. A Fascinating look back at child hood.

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Douglas Adams.

"Here chewing your
tail is joy"

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Janet Marie
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3 posted 05-21-2000 05:53 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

martie,
this is excellent. such depth and self discovery...wonderful writing...
as I was reading it a song verse came to mind...
in my mind the poem conjured it up...
maybe you will see the parallels...
either way, hope you enjoy *smile*

I know it's been a long road
To get these fears behind me and I ...
Will gladly reap what we may sow,
I am--There for you and you're there for me..

Pictures and photographs
Memories and windows
Goodbyes and epitaphs
Heartbeats and hellos

~Vertical Horizon~



 Some things cannot be explained by verses that rhyme,
They are not measured by the commitment of time.
Some emotions run too deep to be described by words,
Forgiveness and understanding-remain the most beautiful words ever heard.
~Janet Marie~

"What the caterpillar calls the end ...
The world calls a butterfly"
~Lao Tze Tao~
~Butterflies are meant to be free~


Corinne
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4 posted 05-21-2000 06:08 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

This poem is really cool, love the way you take us back and forth in time, with memories in black and white to match old photographs!

Corinne
Mike
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5 posted 05-21-2000 06:21 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

you never cease to amaze me Martie.
The ability you have to weave every aspect of your life into such wonderful poetry is truly a gift.
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6 posted 05-21-2000 07:02 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

The way that your mind works.....I think you must be a genius.....and a poetic one at that! Excellent, excellent writing, Martie!

Denise
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7 posted 05-21-2000 07:06 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

The way your mind works indeed!

I LOVE your poetry Martie....wow.

Flows like rivers.

K
Martie
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8 posted 05-21-2000 10:59 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Marge--Thankyou, you are such a dear...and unique for sure.

brian--I'm so glad that you read and liked this...I also admire your poetry!

Janet Marie--I'm so glad this brought music to you and I loved the words...Poetry and music are both universal....Thank you for your sweet reply.

Thank you Corinne for reading and enjoying this poem and for such a nice comment

Mike--You are the one with the gift, for always making me feel so special--thank you my friend.

Denise--A genius...I don't think so...just my way of expressing myself...and there are so many wonderful ways. Thank you for the wonderful comment

Kamla--Hi hon, thanks for replying...I've missed your poetry and your replies...glad you found some time from...grrr study!
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