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The Reason is Unfolded

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Martie
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0 posted 06-04-2000 05:03 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

This poem is one of my favorites...


The Reason is Unfolded


The path is serpentine
and sometimes furtive
to unsure feet treading.
Sometimes I can see
the breath of
beginning down the slope
across the tarn of newness
nestled.
It is like the tremble and flux
of a smoky song,
a nebulous thing,
unsure of direction.

Look back, down into the vortex
of a motherís birthing scream,
look down into the eyes of fear
and say how?
How do I keep climbing lifeís frail
rock and stony ridge
and the moon so close now
itís portence is holy and lingering
and I will never see it again like this?

I think and see frailty
in the thinness of the skin
that breaks and bleeds my effort.

Oh, but when I sing
the sky smiles and this
heart of days is listening,
listening still to answers that
beauty defines
and tomorrow is high,
a ridge, so clever in itís serendipity
that I hear
and finally understand
that the answer is to question
and the reason is unfolded
from simple strive.

  
© Copyright 2000 Martie Odell-Ingebretsen - All Rights Reserved
brian madden
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1 posted 06-04-2000 05:17 PM       View Profile for brian madden   Email brian madden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian madden

WOW, a powerful poem. Life be harsh at times but we must rise to the challenge.  
wonderful piece.


Look back, down into the vortex
of a motherís birthing scream,
look down into the eyes of fear
and say how?
How do I keep climbing lifeís frail
rock and stony ridge
and the moon so close now
itís portence is holy and lingering
and I will never see it again like this?

I think and see frailty
in the thinness of the skin
that breaks and bleeds my effort.

I especially loved the last few lines.

that I hear
and finally understand
that the answer is to question
and the reason is unfolded
from simple strive.

  



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2 posted 06-04-2000 07:26 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Wonderful, Martie! Absolutely beautiful! Your talent is amazing! It was great talking to you today on the phone! Now I can put a voice as well as a face to your poetry! Great Southern Cal accent ya got there too!  

Denise
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I think and see frailty
in the thinness of the skin
that breaks and bleeds my effort.

Oh, but when I sing
the sky smiles and this
heart of days is listening,
listening still to answers that
beauty defines
and tomorrow is high,
a ridge, so clever in itís serendipity
that I hear
and finally understand
that the answer is to question
and the reason is unfolded
from simple strive.
-----------------

Martie, this is amazing...truly
such deep reflections..
thank you for sharing this wisdom for the challenge...
take care-kind poet
jm

 I think I could need - this in my life
I think I'm just scared - that I know too much
I can't relate and that's a problem
I'm feeling ...
If you're gone - maybe it's time to go home
There's an awful lot of breathing room
But I can hardly move
If you're gone - baby you need to come home
cuz there's a little bit of something me...
In everything in you.
~MB20~

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

Mike
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4 posted 06-04-2000 09:34 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Exquisite, wonderful, splendorous, a masterpiece,
in case you haven't figured out my friend,
I think this is one heck of a poem.
Corinne
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5 posted 06-04-2000 09:34 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

I can see why this is one of your favorites, it is a fantastic poem, Martie!

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

brian--yes, life can be harsh...but that's also what makes it so sweet.

Denise--wonderful talking to you too...such deep tones to you, Philadelphia girl.

Janet Marie--I am always so tickled by your sweet replies.

Mike--Have you been playing with your dictionary again?...thanks for all those words of praise...You're the best!

Corinne--I'm so glad you liked it.
Marge Tindal
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7 posted 06-05-2000 08:01 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

Martie~

'It is like the tremble and flux
of a smoky song,
a nebulous thing,
unsure of direction.'

Well, you sure found 'direction'
with this one.
Enchanting thoughts to mesmerize.

'Oh, but when I sing
the sky smiles and this
heart of days is listening'

ROCKing along !
Love ya'
~*Marge*~


 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
noles1@totcon.com

Elizabeth Santos
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8 posted 06-05-2000 08:18 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Another masterpiece, another gem
One more treasure from your pen

From the southern Cal expressions
To Denises's deepest tones
In between I sat there listening
To two poets on the phone
With perceptions of a hungry hawk
Without the eagle eyes
The two hewned in on every word
Consumed each others lives
Then Pepper got into the scene
And she and martie talked a while
About a lot of things
With laughter they just carried on
In giddy schoolgirl pranks
While I sat calmly in between them
Filling in the blanks
It was lots of fun
Denise, Shannon, and Martie
Love you much
Liz

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9 posted 06-05-2000 11:38 AM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

yes, I think 'masterpiece' fits perfectly
Martie
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10 posted 06-05-2000 01:38 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Marge--You rock too, sweet lady...and you have the best hush puppie recipe around!!

Liz--I loved talking to you and Denise--thanks for thinking of me.

passing shadows--thank you so much for such a lovely comment!
Dark Angel
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11 posted 06-05-2000 07:55 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Oh Martie, I do so love your poetry so much, you make me take such deep breaths. Wonderful, Beautiful as always.  

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


Marge Tindal
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12 posted 04-30-2006 12:56 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

OhMartieSis~

'Oh, but when I sing
the sky smiles and this
heart of days is listening,
listening still to answers that
beauty defines
and tomorrow is high,
a ridge, so clever in itís serendipity
that I hear
and finally understand
that the answer is to question
and the reason is unfolded
from simple strive.'


Such beauty you are !!!!

*Huglets*
~*Marge*~

~*The sound of a kiss is not as strong as that of a cannon, but it's echo endures much longer*~
Email -     noles1@totcon.com     

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