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Her Heart Became Aware

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 05-28-2000 04:17 PM       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 Heart Became Aware

At tender age of seventeen
With heart still unaware
My Grandma sat beside me
As she touched my golden hair

She said, Youíve grown so lovely
With a heart thatís kind and good
Dear, let me tell you of the pain
And joys of womanhood

With deep blue eyes then turned aside
She spoke to me of men
About the day she fell in love
Then never loved again

She took anotherís wedding vows
And prayed for strength and Grace
Should ever again their paths converge
And she should see his face

Then wearily she kissed my hand
And wandered up the stairs
And thatís the moment that my heart
At first became aware

Years later, Mother came to me
And said, youíve never known
The wonders of a special love
As I had of my own

I loved a man when I was young
His spirit would be free
And not confined to settled ways
But my, how he loved me

Then wearily she kissed my hand
And wiped away some tears
And as she turned away I felt
Her pain throughout the years

How could I now confess to her
Or let the truth be shown
Of how I had the greatest love
The world has ever known

But secretly my heart withheld
The sorrow that was mine
For he was gone forever
Leaving all our love behind

Now many years have passed since then
Though I still  feel the pain
Iím now reliving all the joys
Of passion once again

For glowing on my daughterís face
A look I recognize
The wondrous bliss of loveís design
That she cannot disguise

I sat beside her , took her hand
And said, I wish you well
For love is much more sorrowful  
Than I could ever tell

Then wearily I kissed her hand
And headed towards the stairs
She called me back to tell me that
Her heart was now aware

For she had found a hidden box
And through her youthful tears
Read every letter I had saved,
But hadnít read for years

She said Iíve known about your love
And how you bear this cross
Until I fell in love myself
I didnít know the loss

And then she showed her ring to me
A token of his love
And told me how she cherished
All her blessings from above

With eyes upon her precious gift
She said, I understand
You taught me, Mother,  how to love
Then kissed me on the hand

Elizabeth Santos


[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 05-28-2000).]
© Copyright 2000 Elizabeth Santos - All Rights Reserved
Sven
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1 posted 05-28-2000 04:23 PM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

Liz,
    there really aren't the words to tell you what I'm feeling right now. . . this is just so wonderful. . . beautiful and sad. . . we've all had that one love that we thought would be the one. . . but that didn't last. . . but oh, my friend. . . how it touched our hearts and made them sing. . . how we would wish that we could feel that way again. . . but never would. . . how, in a quiet moment, we think about that love. . . and smile, and wipe away the gentle tears of memory. . .

Thank you Liz. . .

----------------------------------------------------------

 That which gives light must endure burning
--Victor Frankl

Janet Marie
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2 posted 05-28-2000 04:43 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

Liz,
I wish you could see the smile ...
that grew on my face as I read each perfect line and verse
of this truly amazing poem.
my dear this poem shows your grace and wisdom and true heart,
you SHINE in every word.
I wish to kiss you on your poets hand...
thank you for the smile
take care wonderous poet friend
jm


 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~


Marge Tindal
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3 posted 05-28-2000 07:21 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

Lizzie~
The first true love of a woman's heart remains so forever.  It isn't that we love him more ... only that we love him still.

He's the 'prince charming' of our hearts, long after we've quit believing in fairy tales.

He's the dairy of our hearts, written with tenderness.  The love letters we kept and frayed with our touch.  The scarf tucked away in the cedar chest of our hearts.

My grandmother called him the 'unmade bed' of her heart.

His memory is the place we go when we think no one else cares .. the heart we search for when there's no one else there.  

His name is Michael .. his memory as fresh and tender as if he happened yesterday.

Thank you for the tenderest render of memory-stirring to touch my 'unmade bed'.

You've just got a way about you.
Love ya'
~*Marge*~


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Mike
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4 posted 05-28-2000 07:25 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

What an absolutely wonderful poem.
A joy to read what will be the finest poem I will experience this day.
Dark Angel
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5 posted 05-28-2000 07:56 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Oh Elizabeth, waves of emotions swept over me  reading this. WOW sooooo beautiful,I could cry.  

 Je t'aime plus qu'hier et moins que demain."
I love you more than yesterday and less than tomorrow
(unkown)


Kit McCallum
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6 posted 05-28-2000 08:34 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Absolutely wondrous Elizabeth ... the flow, the rhythm, the story ... all is a work of art, worthy of becoming a classic.  Beautiful!

Best wishes,
/Kit
Martie
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7 posted 05-28-2000 08:37 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

I never had a loving kiss to tell me of the tears in-store, or the wonder.

My first love
how he took me in
touched places in my heart
no one had ever been before
then taught me how to part.

I have a poem that he wrote
engraved within my soul
and ever is how long  
what he said became my goal.

And now in deepest reverie
I still can see his face
and through the tears I shed for him
his memory brings me grace.


Liz, this poem that you have written is just so perfect in every way...I can just say how it touched my heart...and again tell you what an amazing woman you are.
Elizabeth Santos
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8 posted 05-28-2000 09:08 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Sven,
You are a pure romantic, and yes, the tears still come after many many years when you truly love someone.

Janet Marie, Your smile continue to light the forum. Hope you have a great holiday, wherever you are going

Marge,
Well, I never thought of him as an unmade bed but I'm sure I'll never forget that expression. I never knew men had those same emotional ties, but from these responses I guess some do. Thanks, dear

Mike, A very sweet remark. Thanks

Dark Angel, Glad you enjoyed reading this

Liz
Elizabeth Santos
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9 posted 05-28-2000 09:14 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Kit,
Thank you for reading and commenting on so many of my poems, and your words are always so complimentary

Martie, What a lovely response and poem. Most of this poem is my own experience, only a few lines embellish the true story.
Thanks

Love
Liz
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10 posted 05-28-2000 09:49 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Elizabeth, every time I get the feeling I can write poetry, you do something like this and show me how wrong I am. I love it.

Marge....SHHHHH!
Elizabeth Santos
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11 posted 05-28-2000 10:00 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Mr. Balladeer,
I don't even know how to answer your response, but I am deeply humbled by your thoughts. However I have a different vantage point than you do on your extraordinary poetry.
Thank you
Liz
 
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