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Martie
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0 posted 02-07-2001 09:15 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

Reposted in memory of Michelle

The Flowering Peach


Michelle sleeps
her features cloudy
and just the slightest trace
of light where
the fine hair's curled.

Michelle sleeps
receding into air
that blows fragrance
from the grass
to recall
how specks of sun
colored her eyes.

Michelle sleeps
I see her smile only
when the peach tree blooms
in February.
*****

The Weight of the Butterfly Flower


The flowering peach,
a daughter’s bloom.
Each February
she lived
in tiny pink bud,
her tree fed my memory,
flitted across my vision
with nectar so sweet with sorrow
that the sky wept.

Oh, such weight
the delicate pink
butterfly flower held.
It took her place somehow
and lived for her each year.
A tree-gift from the fluttering
girls and boys of second grade,
now almost middle aged
with children named
Michelle, perhaps.

She will always be eight,
the bright and moving child
of my youth,
so spark and full of fire.
The first that captured my heart
and held it,
she holds it still.

She died again this fall, Michelle,
her leaves turned and bid a final
tremble to the ground.
The tree no longer lives,
just a sentinel stark and bleak
its gamine trunk.

But
under the canopy that burned
my heart again
from brown and rotting leaves
emerges the everlasting
circle of creation,
a fragile new beginning
strong with claims of yes.


[This message has been edited by Martie (edited 02-07-2001).]
© Copyright 2001 Martie Odell-Ingebretsen - All Rights Reserved
Sunlit Soul
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1 posted 02-07-2001 10:36 PM       View Profile for Sunlit Soul   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sunlit Soul

What beautifully woven images....it is sad that someone you obviously loved has departed, but what's important is that the memory lives on.  And you enshrine that memory wonderfully with your words.  I am in awe.

"Every man dies. Not every man lives."
-Tim Robbins
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2 posted 02-07-2001 10:39 PM       View Profile for whiskey   Email whiskey   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit whiskey's Home Page   View IP for whiskey

very nice martie,  Wonderful imagery its great to be reading your work again I missed it


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Martie, this is sad but oh so beautifully beautifully written hon

Michelle smiles at you everyday Martie  

Hugs Hon

Maree
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Michelle sleeps
receding into air
that blows fragrance
from the grass
to recall
how specks of sun
colored her eyes.
===================
The flowering peach,
a daughter’s bloom.
Each February
she lived
in tiny pink bud,
her tree fed my memory,
flitted across my vision
with nectar so sweet with sorrow
that the sky wept.

Oh, such weight
the delicate pink
butterfly flower held.
It took her place somehow
and lived for her each year.
=============

exquisite images ... exquisite metaphor ...
nothing could be more perfect to represent her ...
than a butterfly...
exquisite child .... exceptional poet
love ya
me


Tomorrow holds only mystery
And who's to say what might be
But in you I've found a love so strong
The sun and the moon look on in jealousy
~VH~
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5 posted 02-08-2001 12:19 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Lovely, Martie. This is a touching tribute to Michelle.
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6 posted 02-08-2001 07:25 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, my friend~
Exquisite ... as all your memories of Michelle Lee are.
Love you~
~*Marge*~


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Martie,

I just have to tell you, Rosemary got her snow this morning... I don't know how long it's going to keep up... I'd like to think as long as your poetry keep running on. Did Michelle ever get to see the snow..?

Love for now, dale
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Hugging you....
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positive and that is always the way to try to be. never always works otu that way though yuh I loved this thanks

You know the "Never Ending Story"?
They're still telling it!

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In Our house - we've August angst when Dane was born - and each September now for eight years - when a memorial 'run/walk' for Cancer is successfully run in his memory - and the most telling for me - in October when he died.  Alongside our home grows a 'Monkey Puzzle' he planted - now over six feet tall - memories abound - You must know I understand as much as one can -
{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}  
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Hey Martie as always my heart goes out to you. I have seen the pictures of this lovely angel and I know somewhat how you feel...may you go in peace as you cherish the memories of her....take care Martie    ethome
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Sunlit soul...yes, the memory lives..thank you so much for your sweet response.

whiskey--It is nice to see you again too.

Maree--thank you for the hug...and for your friendship.

Janet--thanks so much Janet for your understanding heart.

Marge--Hugs to you, sis!

Dale--Michelle never saw the snow.  I'm so glad that Rosemary got hers.

Karilea---Thanks so much for the hug and friendship.

Walt--There is usually something possitive in everything...some times it's just hard to find.

Bill--Yes, my friend...I know you understand...thanks.

ethome--thank you for such a sweet reply.
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Martie, I love these tender, eloquent poems of the peach tree blossoms, in memory of your precious Michelle - they always touch my heart deeply, as you know.  My heart goes out to you, and my prayers are with you.

.


The spiritual wind that holds survivors aloft, plants the seeds from which bloom new hope ... R.J.G.

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Martie -
How these words have moved me - your love and loss so exquisitely painted - thank you for sharing this...My heart goes out to you and your family.
Lary
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Rosemary--Thank you so much for always being so supportive and for Michelle's room...you are a very special person.

laryalee...I went to your web page and so enjoyed reading about you and reading some of your poetry..I'm so sorry for you own loss...to loose a mate must be so difficult.  Thank you for your lovely reply.
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I can't read your Michelle poems without my throat choking with unshed tears... because of your beautiful words, she rests gently in all our hearts.
Mark Bohannan
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If anyone would ever need to find a definition of "Mother's love" ... all they need do is read one of your Michelle poems and they would have the perfect definition. This along with all of your Michelle poems has a way to touching us and reminding us how fragile but yet how beautiful life is and I know she is hugging you right now and sending you kisses of comfort. Beautiful and exquisite are your words my friend. Sending you hugs of my own.
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18 posted 02-20-2006 02:00 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Martie how I missed this I will never know, but know this, I thought I had forgotten how to cry with life's hardness, but you have through that love of Michelle, opened a well of tears this day.  This brings such a mess of emotions up for me, but you understand that - love does that, real love.  Thank you for always letting us share your journey with her.
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19 posted 02-20-2006 06:49 PM       View Profile for Larry C   Email Larry C   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Larry C's Home Page   View IP for Larry C

What an appropriate time for this to come back. Ah Michelle you are so tenderly remembered.

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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