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Where Willows Weep

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Marge Tindal
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Where Willows Weep
~*Marge Tindal*~

In the land where willows weep
wind blows with a gentle hand
The falling of the tears
saturate the land

The tears of many fill the streams
where the majestic willow grows
The salted waterbed grows deep
with the lessons it knows

She sways in uncanny unison
to the beating of the wind
She moves so gracefully
never to break ... only bend

Gently swaying to and fro
as if to beckon - as if to say
I hear your songs of sadness
with your sorrow I sway

Bending - bending
swaying to and fro
Gently returning
to her posture
after the winds do blow

She reminds me of the structure
of the clan of the Cherokee
Standing tall and proud
looking back at me

Blown about
but not blown down
Beaten but never broken
She speaks to the spirit within my soul
of courage she is a token

Standing beside her
in all her majestic beauty
Learning a lesson I will remember
of life and of my duty

To take the blows
and return to my stature
Straight, tall and proud I am
an intricate work of nature

She tells me what I need to know
to use the sorrow I have found
To reach out with understanding
try to turn the world around

The voices of many
she beckons me to share
Stories of the legends of my past
to those who would care

Returning to the roots
from whence I came
Reaching out to others
I am known by the Cherokee name

So softly spoken
by my people on a long-ago day
~*Willow White Feather*~
Softly I sway




 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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Elizabeth Santos
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1 posted 05-28-2000 01:10 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Gosh, Marge, you captivate the heart.
This entire peace flows as gently as willow leaves blow in the wind. A poem with deep meaning, love, honor, respect, heritage and rememberance,
Wonderful poem, my friend
Liz
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2 posted 05-28-2000 01:12 AM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Marge, a truly wonderful poem which allows us to see your spirit within.  Thank you for letting me experience your heritage.
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3 posted 05-28-2000 01:16 AM       View Profile for SpitFire   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SpitFire

~Oh Marge,...you've outdone yourself.  This here is beautiful.  Aahhh, weeping willows,...you are so great.  I love this,The tears of many fill the streams
where the majestic willow grows
The salted waterbed grows deep
with the lessons it knows.
*Tis truly a lesson,...when you go through a hardship.  Take care my friend...lovely work as usual.

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4 posted 05-28-2000 01:17 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Marge, your Cherokee heritage has never shone brighter.... excellent writing.
lucky
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5 posted 05-28-2000 01:54 AM       View Profile for lucky   Email lucky   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for lucky

Now,

I never know what to expect from you... Most the time, I think of you as a "renegade" with a bow an arrow lying on a beach somewhere's in Flordia shootin' skinny dippers and tryin' to find new ideas to write about... Well, come to think of it, I'm Cherokee too... and that don't sound like to bad a thought if I do say say so... Good shootin' on this one Marge...

Marge Tindal
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6 posted 05-28-2000 02:14 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

Lizzie, my buddy~
I do thank you for your thoughts.  You know that this Cherokee spirit touches the wind.

Mike~
Thank you.  I'm proud to share my heritage.
I'm glad that you enjoyed this.

SpitFire~
Thank you for reading, liking and replying.
My Cherokee forefathers shed the tears ...
I share the stories of the past.

Balladeer, my friend~
I appreciate you.  I 'dug deep' on the Vision Quest for this one.  Nice to know you feel it shows.

Lucky~
Oh, yeah .. just a 'nekkid' little savage !
But, hey ! ... I don't shoot skinny dippers ... I AM skinny dippers !

Thank you all for your lovely comments.
~*Willow White Feather*~


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7 posted 05-28-2000 09:41 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

This was brimming with imagery and deep pride for your heritage Marge, this was a joy to read!

Best wishes,
/Kit

(and WOW ... 6001 posts Marge ... WOW!!!)

[This message has been edited by Kit McCallum (edited 05-28-2000).]
Marge Tindal
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8 posted 05-28-2000 10:38 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

Kit~
Oh, thank you for the nice comments.
The images just come from sitting the
Vision Quest and having the thoughts laid upon my heart by my forefathers.
I'm really pleased to be able to share
with my friends.

(Thanks for noticing !)
~*Marge*~



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9 posted 05-28-2000 11:02 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

I love this! A willow must bend with the wind as you so aptly have...wonderful poem!  
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Willow White Feather--you are tall and straight, with your feet firmly planted in the earth and your head in the stars and you sway and bend like the willow with your loving heart.  You have also written a magnificant poem!
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11 posted 05-28-2000 11:50 AM       View Profile for brian madden   Email brian madden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian madden

If I had an Indian name it might be "dances with Piranhas."

But seriously while reading your poem I realised that I was no longer in room at my computer,

but that I was standing at the foot of the weeping willow where I was
"Standing beside her
in all her majestic beauty
Learning a lesson I will remember
of life and of my duty"

A stunning poem, it really touched my heart, a vivid beauty.

Thank you for showing
me "the land where willows weep
wind blows with a gentle hand
The falling of the tears
saturate the land
The tears of many fill the streams
where the majestic willow grows
The salted waterbed grows deep
with the lessons it knows"
    


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Marge Tindal
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12 posted 05-28-2000 12:39 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

PoetdeVine~
The winds of many generations have blown, she has swayed and returned to stand gracefully, until the next wind blows.
Thank you for your gracious comments.

Martie, my sister~
Thank you for understanding the Cherokee lessons in the dance of the willow.
This proud Cherokee spirit does hold the hearts of others in her branches.

Cradling others is the destination of this Cherokee known as ~*Willow White Feather*~. My grandmother said my name was meant to denote being light of spirit and capable of bending and returning to the stature of graceful elegance.  I do try to follow the legacy of my name.
Wado, Martie ... my friend.

BrianM~
If my spirit transported you to the land of the willow ... my mission is complete for this day.  I believe you would enjoy going to read the legends of the Cherokee people.

*LOL at dances with Piranha's ...
goodness knows the Native American Indians met a few of those in the anals of history.
Thank you so much for your comments.
~*Willow White Feather*~



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Marge Tindal
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And here she is again ... dipping the ink of my heritage~

Thank you, Jo ... for wanting to know~
*Huglets*
~*Willow White Feather*~

~*When the heart grieves over what it has lost,
the spirit rejoices over what it has left.
- Sufi epigram <))><

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Marge, thank you for sharing this intimate look at the soul of you, Willow White Feather!   ....jo
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