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This Cleaving Has No Number

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Martie
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0 posted 06-08-2000 06:03 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

I am reposting this poem for the 20th anniversary of my marriage to a wonderful man....I will be gone next week, and since our anniversary is on the 14th, I thought I would post it now.  I wish for all of you as much love as I have had!  


This Cleaving Has No Number


It has been such a long time, love.
Such a road that weaves its magic
into this song now, love.

I remember the newness of skin
we melted in that first sublime embrace,
you with your sweet youth in ardor
and I withered by this passionís door
you opened with some magic
that glanced and feathered toward me
from the blue of your blue gaze.

I played into your soul
a rhythm born from sagacity
and travail of heart.
I played it and you fell into a depth
I didnít know.

Was it so many nights that I
cannot count which starry or mooned,
cannot count the times my back has warmed
by your sweet chest that heaved in slumber
and sent me sweetly to dream in safe
and delirious familiarity.

You who freed me with your cageless door
have met me with a blessed timeless grace
that keeps the wings for opening
and joys in the flight to watch.

We have both danced around winging
our lovely song with living
and the years have fallen thus
across the meandering mix of spirit two,
as if our twirling was held by forces
from a plan already known.

Can it be so long, love?
This cleaving has no number
for the counting is too precious
and we are still ongoing in dance.


 In the dew of little things,
the heart finds its morning
and is refreshed.
(ee cummings)
© Copyright 2000 Martie Odell-Ingebretsen - All Rights Reserved
Mike
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1 posted 06-08-2000 06:25 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Beautifully written and expressed Martie.
I hope he realizes how lucky he is....
My 29th anniversary is this Monday... so congratulations to you nearly newlyweds.
John Yaws
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2 posted 06-08-2000 08:14 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

Well, if that doesn't make the guy feel like a twenty year old, I don't know what will. Lovely tribute to love, congratulations!
Marge Tindal
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3 posted 06-08-2000 08:20 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~
Simply beautiful, my dear.
With wonderous thoughts like this from your heart .... no wonder it's lasted.
HAPPY 20th ANNIVERSARY TO YOU BOTH !
Love ya', gal.
~*Marge*~


 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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Corinne
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4 posted 06-08-2000 10:31 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

What a lovely tribute to your husband!  Happy Anniversary, Martie!

Corinne
Janet Marie
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5 posted 06-08-2000 11:27 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

Was it so many nights that I
cannot count which starry or mooned,
cannot count the times my back has warmed
by your sweet chest that heaved in slumber
and sent me sweetly to dream in safe
and delirious familiarity.

You who freed me with your cageless door
have met me with a blessed timeless grace
that keeps the wings for opening
and joys in the flight to watch.

We have both danced around winging
our lovely song with living
and the years have fallen thus
across the meandering mix of spirit two,
as if our twirling was held by forces
from a plan already known.

Can it be so long, love?
-----------------

absolutely amazingly beautiful
Happy Anniversary Martie...
although after reading this poem
that seems redundant *smile*
how wonderful to know this kind of Bliss after so long ....
take care sweet poet,
jm
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6 posted 06-08-2000 11:50 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Martie, how dare you make me feel so jealous!!!

I am so happy for the life you two have had together and continue to have. You deserve it and, obviously, so does he or you woulda dumped the bum years ago

Happy Anniversary, Martie! Hurry back....
Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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7 posted 06-09-2000 03:33 AM       View Profile for Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Email Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rosemary J. Gwaltney's Home Page   View IP for Rosemary J. Gwaltney

Ah, yes, Martie, that must be part of why your golden twenty years have retained their shine - your appreciation of him - "cannot count the times my back has warmed by your sweet chest that heaved in slumber"
~
... after nearly thirty-eight years of loving my husband (though we were children at the start), I still thank God when I wake in the night pressed against my darling, and lie there, feeling his breathing as my sweetest lullabye!  Safety.  Warmth.  Love.

Wonderful, Martie!  Too few people write of (or maybe even have) such a long, strong love affair that the peaceful breathing of their lover in the night is still a thrill after decades.

I love it, I love it, I love it!

Sudhir Iyer
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8 posted 06-09-2000 03:39 AM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

What a joy it gives me to read this one, Martie, on a special occasion too...
-----------
You who freed me with your cageless door
have met me with a blessed timeless grace
that keeps the wings for opening
and joys in the flight to watch.

We have both danced around winging
our lovely song with living
and the years have fallen thus
across the meandering mix of spirit two,
as if our twirling was held by forces
from a plan already known.

Can it be so long, love?
This cleaving has no number
for the counting is too precious
and we are still ongoing in dance
-------

great thoughts. A very happy 20th aniversary to you and your dear hubby...

Many regards, sudhir.

 My heart is pounding, my stomach's inside out
I'm feeling kind-a-shaky, my mind is full of doubt
All I ever think about, is fearing fear itself,
Wish I could unscrew my head and put it on the shelf
Everything is twisted, everything is oh so tight,
Don't know what I'm looking at, the lights are all too bright
My brain's about to crumble, spill out on the floor
Sweep 'em up. Throw 'em away, don't want 'em anymore
Clouds race across the sky, day turns into night,
Still there are the questions, no answers in sight
Everything is twisted, everything is oh so tight,
Starin' out the window, everything is just too bright
Brain's about to crumble, spill out on the floor,
Wish I could unscrew my head, and kick it out the door...
You know I'm feeling kind-a....Strange
You know I'm feeling kind-a....Strange

~ Strange ~ Joe Satriani (Flying in a Blue Dream)
netswan
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9 posted 06-09-2000 05:50 AM       View Profile for netswan   Email netswan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit netswan's Home Page   View IP for netswan

Wow Martie. Congrats on 20 wonderful years.
What a beautiful tribute to your time spent
together.  May you have many many more
years together.

~netswan
Dark Angel
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10 posted 06-09-2000 05:59 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

A beautiful tribute Martie... Happy 20th Anniversary!  *HUGS*  

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


Martie
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11 posted 06-09-2000 11:16 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Mike, thanks and congratulations to you too.

Gunslinger--thank you so much for such a sweet reply.

Marge--Thanks sweet lady...but I'm know you know it takes more then sweet thoughts...lots of important work here too.

Corinne--Thank you for such a nice reply.  It is happy.

Janet Marie--bliss is wonderful--take it if you can find it.

Rosemary--I know that you and Dale have a very special love.

Balladeer--I'm so glad I made you jealous...that was what I was trying for...and thanks for the sweet thoughts...I always appreciate your comments.

Sudhir--thank you so much for reading and commenting on this poem.  I'm glad it brought
you joy.

netswan--thank you, each day is a blessing.

Dark Angel--thanks hon and hugs right back to you.
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