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How I Learned to be Me

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Wilfred Yeats
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0 posted 10-29-2000 01:27 AM       View Profile for Wilfred Yeats   Email Wilfred Yeats   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Wilfred Yeats's Home Page   View IP for Wilfred Yeats


Someone long ago once said
“'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all”
It’s hard to hear these pithy words
The first time that you fall

The first time I think I truly loved
I was just eighteen. Blond and tall
A Nordic queen
All I had dreamed withal

The first wet kiss, the first true bliss
I thought I was in heaven
She went into a convent
I went into hell seven

Some years went by, how time does fly
Some sweet and growing years
I came close but not enough
Hardened, I shed few tears

Then the one I couldn’t have
Because she loved another
I thought we had a great thing
But she loved me like a brother

On rebound then I married soon
'Twas good but not perfection
She bore me two and so they grew
Before our union saw defection

So I learned that giving all
Could not assure a deep love
It doesn’t always grow into
Nor fit ‘just like a glove’

Again the years slipped quickly by
A cynosure was I
Many that I could have had
But just one had my eye

Was I too quick? No, I think not
I’d learned well from my past
I didn’t duplicate mistakes
Determined not to act fast

Before I ‘bit the bullet’
Six years we dated – on and off
We shared so much, endured so much
I thought, “We can pull it off”

Years we’ve had – and some were great
But life is a great teacher
Keeping love alive instate
Won’t work if you can’t reach her

So now I’m down to poetry
And it is my salvation
It helps me keep my sanity
I find love in its creation

You’ve read my poems know who I am
I think that I know me too
Now you’ve read my past as well
And what I want to do

I know I’ve found a love this time
Surpassing all the others
A closeness strong, it will last long
I know I’m not a ‘brother’

You’ve read my paeans to this love
I’ve never felt such kinship
We share each other’s aches and pains
From me I’ll not let her slip

I’ve learned to be me, don’t want to be free
To her I want to be bound
A love for the ages, a love for the sages
A love that will more than confound

I pray she’ll have me, her heart does grab me
My passion for her exceeds knowing
I’m down on my knees, praying she’ll hear my pleas
For my love for her just keeps on growing


Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things
which matter least.

          ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe ~




[This message has been edited by Wilfred Yeats (edited 10-29-2000).]
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Kethry
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1 posted 10-29-2000 02:02 AM       View Profile for Kethry   Email Kethry   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kethry

Wil,
if this is true then I wish you well. If it's not then I wish you your dreams. Excellent write.
Keth


Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.
Gail Sheehy
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2 posted 10-29-2000 06:00 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Dear Sir:

Your passions lie pretty among the pages
where thy truth will reside for many ages...

Sincerely,

Sunshine

[This is a keeper...when I am treated like a Sister, I will know wherein my library this shall lie...]

Karilea
If I whisper, will you listen?...KRJ


nakdthoughts
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Between the Lines


3 posted 10-29-2000 06:30 AM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

being "me" is the only way to be, enjoyed

~Wynter Bliss
Butterflies_dont_cry
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since 03-06-2000
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4 posted 10-29-2000 07:19 AM       View Profile for Butterflies_dont_cry   Email Butterflies_dont_cry   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Butterflies_dont_cry

Sir Poet Bill* Your weave touched my heart
this fine morning...you pen your heart and
soul in everyline...I wish you the touch of
purest love and the happiness that you so
richly deserve...(hugs) my poet friend~
Elizabeth Santos
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since 11-08-1999
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5 posted 10-29-2000 08:52 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

To write so openly from the heart
To express love and desires and dreams
To be read and understood
To love poetry
To have found a true love
You have it all
Liz
Wilfred Yeats
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6 posted 10-29-2000 02:31 PM       View Profile for Wilfred Yeats   Email Wilfred Yeats   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Wilfred Yeats's Home Page   View IP for Wilfred Yeats

Kethry -
99% true - abbreviated some (a mite oversimplified) Thanks = I close my eyes each night with a silent prayer

Karilea-
You must imagine my smile - and if it is a trifle enigmatic in your eyes - I'm sure you'll understand why - regardless of interpretation - you're not a sister ~G~

Wynter-
I love that name - I'm writing a novel - ad don't like 'Joe' particularily - i may adopt a variation - with your permission ~S~

Butterflies-
you reply is so sweet - i'm dabbing at my eyes- thank you  

Elizabeth-
More than 'love' I've found a coterie of wonderful friends here at PIP -and I count you among them - Thank you so much


Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things
which matter least.

~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe ~
Sven
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7 posted 10-29-2000 02:39 PM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

Wilfred,

Today sir, you have moved me. . . this poem is absolutely wonderful. . . I myself have been through some of the feelings that you share here. . .

I'm printing this one. . . and will keep it with me for a very long time. . .

Well done sir, may life and love be yours always.  

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


That which gives light must endure burning
--Victor Frankl

Martie
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8 posted 10-29-2000 09:20 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Bill--This feels like you have written your heart in this poem...well, I know your heart is lots bigger, but a piece anyway...very beautifully done!!
Gentle Spirit
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9 posted 10-29-2000 10:06 PM       View Profile for Gentle Spirit   Email Gentle Spirit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gentle Spirit

Bill, the most important person we can ever be is "me".  I wish you well my friend, and much much deserved love.  Happiness to you always.  HUGS and Stuff.  
~D~  

On the wings of words our spirits fly, and our souls are free.

Gentle Spirit
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10 posted 10-29-2000 10:07 PM       View Profile for Gentle Spirit   Email Gentle Spirit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gentle Spirit

Bill, the most important person we can ever be is "me".  I wish you well my friend, and much much deserved love.  Happiness to you always.  HUGS and Stuff.  
~D~  

On the wings of words our spirits fly, and our souls are free.

Wilfred Yeats
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11 posted 10-29-2000 10:13 PM       View Profile for Wilfred Yeats   Email Wilfred Yeats   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Wilfred Yeats's Home Page   View IP for Wilfred Yeats

Sven-
I am enormously flattered - thank you so much
    

Martie-
the encouragement you and the rest of my friends here give me - makes it easy - Thank you
Toddles
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12 posted 10-29-2000 11:18 PM       View Profile for Toddles   Email Toddles   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toddles

Obviously very heartfelt Wilfred, & also very poignant! Keep up the good works!


"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind!"...Dr. Seuss
Lone Wolf
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13 posted 10-29-2000 11:42 PM       View Profile for Lone Wolf   Email Lone Wolf   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lone Wolf

Wilfred,

This was absolutely stunning.  You have written from the heart and it shows through very clearly.  Beautiful work!!  May you both have many years of happiness together.  

Lone Wolf


Poetry should surprise by fine excess...it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts and appear almost a remembrance. -J.Keats
Paula Finn
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14 posted 10-30-2000 12:43 AM       View Profile for Paula Finn   Email Paula Finn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Paula Finn

You speak to her so beautifully

[This message has been edited by Paula Finn (edited 10-30-2000).]
Wilfred Yeats
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15 posted 10-30-2000 08:59 AM       View Profile for Wilfred Yeats   Email Wilfred Yeats   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Wilfred Yeats's Home Page   View IP for Wilfred Yeats

Gentle Spirit-
Your support of me is no less than my support of you   it is great to read - and you should know I will be 'me' just as I know you will be 'you' too

Toodles-
thank you for sharing my faith  

Lone Wolf-
It's the only way I know how to write   Thank you

Paula-
Given time and opportunity - This love I (we) feel - will grow, blossom and be the beautiful thing my lover and I feel. Thank you

Passions Voice
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16 posted 10-30-2000 07:44 PM       View Profile for Passions Voice   Email Passions Voice   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Passions Voice

Wow, this is very good.

I'm still learning to be me again.



passion is life. . .
Wilfred Yeats
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17 posted 10-31-2000 02:49 PM       View Profile for Wilfred Yeats   Email Wilfred Yeats   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Wilfred Yeats's Home Page   View IP for Wilfred Yeats

Passions Vice-
It is an ongoing process - Like life -
Some steps take more time
Thanks  
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18 posted 08-20-2005 01:08 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

What a great poem by a man who truly did know himself.  Wonderful!
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