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Her Name Was Lena

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 05-24-2000 12:04 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Her name was Lena

Her name was Lena, Lena fair
With sea blue eyes and long dark hair
A willowy walk and peaceful pose
And cheeks as pink as velvet rose

But deep inside the pretty face
Below the simple lovely grace
Resided an immeasurable strife
Unbearable in her young life

And so she wandered in the street
But never would accept defeat
She left her home at age sixteen
But still pursued her teenage dream

Her name was Lena, Lena fair
Her courage was beyond compare
For in those days, such a disgrace
And criticism she would face

But she stood tall and through the years
She never gave in to her tears
She somehow managed to survive
And found a job and stayed alive

She lived in rented rooms alone
But finished high school on her own
Without the love to see her through
A kiss and hug she never knew

But on her graduation day
She knelt upon the floor to pray
A piece of parchment she unrolled
And in the middle finely scrolled

The name of Lena, Lena fair
With deep blue eyes and long dark hair
I look at it in cherished awe
Diploma hung upon my wall

Remembrance of the years gone by
I think of her and start to cry
My motherís name so finely scrolled
Upon a parchment growing old

I run my fingers cross the page
Though so much love to me she gave
Much greater yet her strength through strife
Has served me well for all my life

The name of Lena, just to think
The courage scrolled within this ink

Elizabeth Santos


[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 05-24-2000).]
© Copyright 2000 Elizabeth Santos - All Rights Reserved
Rex Allen McCoy
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1 posted 05-24-2000 12:17 AM       View Profile for Rex Allen McCoy   Email Rex Allen McCoy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rex Allen McCoy's Home Page   View IP for Rex Allen McCoy


Elizabeth ... A very beautiful and heartfelt tribute ... it billows with loving pride

Rex
Marge Tindal
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2 posted 05-24-2000 12:41 AM       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

Oh, Elizabeth~

The magic of the pen
filled in the inkwell of the heart.
No lovelier words as those written
here with your understanding heart
of compassion and graciousness.

~*Marge*~


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JamesMichael
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3 posted 05-24-2000 06:43 AM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Liz I noticed the title and I thought did she write a poem about my lovely Lena...and I find you have written a poem about your mother...and a very lovely one.  I enjoyed reading this.  Take care.  James
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4 posted 05-24-2000 07:49 AM       View Profile for childomine   Email childomine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for childomine

This is sdo beautiful Elizabeth.  Read it twice because it touched me so.

 ...Give me the strength to walk the soft earth, a relative to all that is....
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Sudhir Iyer
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5 posted 05-24-2000 10:16 AM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

This is so beautiful, Liz, flowing words, swept me away...

Regards, sudhir.

 Life is like a painting,
That in an art gallery is left hanging,
Though many come just to look at it,
A very few actually come to enjoy it.
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6 posted 05-24-2000 10:16 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Very touching, Elizabeth, and very beautifully done. This is a wonderful tribute to your mother.

Denise
Corinne
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7 posted 05-24-2000 11:02 AM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Exquisite, Liz!  Touching and uplifting at the same time.

Corinne
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oh gosh, no kidding, this is beautiful, what a tribute!
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Well done, Elizabeth.  I was moved by this, and then to know it was your mother...it is a very touching and love filled tribute.
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10 posted 05-24-2000 12:37 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Elizabeth,
Within its need a
wonderful read.
Love Sy
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11 posted 05-24-2000 03:09 PM       View Profile for Lucius Cade   Email Lucius Cade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lucius Cade

Such power in your words, you mother was a strong woman. Very nice poem.

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12 posted 05-24-2000 06:30 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Liz--this is so very touching..and beautifully done!
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13 posted 05-24-2000 09:21 PM       View Profile for tincan5   Email tincan5   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for tincan5

What a wonderful poem and tribute you've written!! Just beautiful    
Elizabeth Santos
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14 posted 05-24-2000 11:27 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Thank you all so very much for your sweet comments.
Love
Liz
 
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