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As The Willow Bends - In Memory Of A Friend

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~*As The Willow Bends*~
by Mysteria

I left to get the ribbon
you wanted for your hair,
but in the blink of someone else’s eye,
soon you were gone, taken.
Where there any words left unsaid?
We were set adrift on a silent sea of sorrow.
There was nowhere to anchor my friend.

For days, just the two of us cuddled close,
contently sailing, and just waiting.
We joked about you teaching me to dance,
and how you were the wind beneath my wings.
Willow, you were always my hero, always.
You pushed me to be the best I could be.
So we just laughed, loved, sang, reminisced,
enjoying an outcry of love from young dancers,
friends, and people wanting to kiss you.
So hard was it to say goodbye to you Willow.

Suddenly, you softly whispered, “hold me”.
I climbed up beside you like I used to do
and as I gently held you in my arms,
a few threads of your red hair twisted in my hand.
I held them like the spool of love we shared,
for so many years, that sewed our hearts together.
You smiled, as you held my hand and ever so slowly,
you shut your eyes Jenna, and just seemed to be sleeping.
I tried to gently wake you but knew,
as your hand began to chill in mine,
I had lost my blue ribbon ballerina.
Now, even in death, your scent was of freesia,
and I had to breathe you in one last time.

I tied that blue ribbon in your hair,
just as the ribbons that adorned you for years,
as you danced, oh Jenna, how you danced.
The wind welcomed you with awaited appetite.
You twirled like a cat chasing a string,
who couldn’t follow fast enough.
There were always a dozen or so young,
little ballerinas watching in awe,
spellbound and waiting to someday be a Willow too.

Then they came, and ever so gently,
pryied the spool of your silken hair from my hands,
untying a pact of love made 34 years ago,
that we would be friends forever and ever.
My Jenna, my friend, no longer of this plain.
I was begging to come along with you as
the wind tugged at my heart and hands.
I let go Jenna, I want you to know I cried,
But I kept my promise and I let go.

I sat there in the emptiness,
looking outside at the clouds that
had always joined us in adventures.
You wanted to die on a sunny day and it was.
I went outside with a small piece of the ribbon.
I threw it up in the air, and through tears,
said a prayer for your safe journey.
It seems to sail on the sky forever,
but somehow it slowly drifted back to me,
Landing in a pirouette next to my heart.
It danced Jenna, it took flight and danced!!

I stood there simply whispering your name,
I will now forever see you in the willow trees
that sway and dance in all seasons.
I felt the wind and earth agree with my thoughts.
The azure ocean will wet her lips tonight
on the tears of the moon,
While a tiara of stars, and a cape of ebony
sky shall dance while adorning you.
Tonight the earth for one second will stand still
out of respect for the love of a dancer,
who will always and forever more be loved.

And on the horizon I see your journey begin,
As gracefully as the willow bends.
Enjoy the journey my friend, and dance!

     


~*~ In loving memory of my best friend ~*~
~* Jenna (Willow)*~
mother, wife, mentor, teacher, friend

~*July 14, 1945 – July 10, 2001*~


Thank you to Martha Cowan for giving me use of her graphics and as we do not know the artist, please accept my apology for not giving the credit that is due to these wonderful works of art.

If anyone does know the artist, please let me know, thank you.
music ~ www.angelfire.com  - The Prayer

© Mysteria 2001.



If I made you smile today then I did my job!
 ~* Mysteria *~



[This message has been edited by Mysteria (edited 07-10-2001).]

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1 posted 07-10-2001 08:23 PM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

I'm a complete mess now.......
your tore at my heart, with the softness of your words. What I wouldn't give for a friend like you.   Hugs and love to you, I'm so sorry you lost your friend.
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2 posted 07-10-2001 08:33 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

"I held them like the spool of love we shared,
for so many years, that sewed our hearts together."

"It seems to sail on the sky forever,
but somehow it slowly drifted back to me,
Landing in a pirouette next to my heart.
It danced Jenna, it took flight and danced!!"

Oh Sharon ... this is such a tender and touching tribute to your friend. I am so sorry for your loss.

Exceptional emotion flows through these lines ... your friendship and love are felt throughout. You've touched my heart this evening dear lady ... thank you.  

Best wishes,
/Kit
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ohhhhhhh, Sharon!  I am just completely lost in a river of tears now!  How difficult this must have been for you to face and stand so bravely beside your lifelong friend as she drifted away from her journey in this life.  But you have such a beautiful gift of loving others, and it radiates into the skies like a shooting star, and draws many people to your side...so many who adore you and value your friendship.  I am one of those fortunate ones...and I am sooo proud to have been blessed with the beautiful gift of your friendship.
Sharon...this touched my heart so deeply, and I know all of the things you have done over the course of the past several days in offering comfort, support, and love to your friend.  There is no gift more precious than the gift of a loyal friend who loves you unconditionally, and is there until the very end.  The angels in Heaven are singing songs that hold your name in recognition of the many caring and loving things you do for all of those around you.
This is a heavenly masterpiece, my friend...and a priceless and precious dedication to your friend.  
Hugs and much love to you, always, dawn
(((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))))))))))

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She was a fortunate woman...she had you all the way.

Thank you for this.
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Sharon, I've just now registered....It is  with moist eye-lids I have to express how this piece has touched me. I could feel the love and tenderness in this dedication to your most beloved friend. You are rich indeed to have loved and shared so many years with someone that has brightened your life. It is with a heavy heart that I write this, because I know the pain of such a loss. You have done her proud with your artistic wonder. With a smile on her face and love in her heart she knows how much you care and will be your angel forever. Thanks for sharing a corner of your soul with us. Much love .... as I extend my sincere sympathies..... Maggie ((~.~))
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6 posted 07-10-2001 09:18 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

I want to thank you all for your very kind comments, I truly do appreciate your sympathy as today is not a good day, not at all.

Kit, I want to thank you for your poem today (I really needed that one).

Maggie: I am so glad you are here, you will be a very welcome addition to Pipps, and they will indeed love you as much as I do!  Welcome my dear, sweet friend, and thank you.

If I made you smile today then I did my job!
 ~* Mysteria *~

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7 posted 07-10-2001 09:19 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

MyDearSweetFriend~
And now ... as ~Willow dances ... we weep along with you~

And in the ever-returning spirit of Jannea~
she yet lives~


You are so special a friend~
I love you~
~*Marge*~

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i'm so completely and utterly awed by this magical poem of friendship....

wow....

what a weaver of love you are....  

hugs, g

so many things i want to say to him..but i just placed a rose on his grave, and talked to the wind...
-tim mcgraw

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very beautiful, very poignant

i cannot say more for it would be microscopic to the beauty here
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Sharon-
   Now, she is at peace, and as our
   dear friend Marge has said, she
   will live on, not only in your
   memories, but in her spirit, Jannea.  
  
   My heart goes out to you, my friend,
   and I share your tears.

   love and hugs,
   ~vicky

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heart, you have not truely met the poet."
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Mysteria - I haven't read your writings in a while, but wow, this is terrific. So touching and heart warming. I'm glad that I came by, and my condolence.

BC
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I am sorry for your loss Sharon, you are a good friend.

"Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to decieve"

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Your tenderness in this world makes a difference. I am deeply sorry for your loss and at the same time, this gives me great hope; for friendships must be honored. I have posted a poem in forum #14 this evening that speaks thoughts I wanted to share with you. Shalom

"I am not now that which I have been."

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Oh Sharon, this is beautiful and bittersweet, I am so touched and so truly sorry for your loss

Melissa~
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Sharon--this poem so full of love and tears, she sees I know as she dances in heaven's glow.  I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs!
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I stood there simply whispering your name,
I will now forever see you in the willow trees
that sway and dance in all seasons.
I felt the wind and earth agree with my thoughts.
The azure ocean will wet her lips tonight
on the tears of the moon,
While a tiara of stars, and a cape of ebony
sky shall dance while adorning you.
Tonight the earth for one second will stand still
out of respect for the love of a dancer,
who will always and forever more be loved.
=====================================

nothing I will say will touch the sincere unconditional beauty of love thru friendship that I just read.
She dances free now...you helped give her that gift of peace...
Im so sorry for your loss Sharon.
heart hugs and prayers
jm

Feels like Im dancing with truth and wisdom
Precious rhythm you are my guide
These days are sacred, my heart is humble
Oh warrior show me the light

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When all is said and done, all we have left is the memories. Yours are so blessed, dear Sharon. The stars will whisper your words of love for your friend all through the universe, and all will stand in awe as they watch her dance to the refrain of a friend's love..very very gentle smile and hug
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18 posted 07-11-2001 01:45 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

I truly want to thank each of you for your very kind words. You know, it is not until you lose a real friend do you realize how much you love them.  Reality sets in and you realize you can't phone them anymore, or bump them with your elbow, or crack jokes about their hairdo, etc.  Then a second reality comes into place, where you have to talk to them so you search for their soul in your mind, and if you really try, this happens and they are still part of you as memories.  I appreciate your thoughts and kindness so much as I never realized just how close we were until it was almost too late, so I shall now celebrate her life starting tomorrow. I sure loved that girl!

Mabel, your poem was absolutely beautiful, and I left you a little word on it, thank you.

I apologize for not thanking you individually, but I am busy with arrangements, etc. and have Jenna's family here as well, so I hope you know each of you are very special, and thank you again.

If I made you smile today then I did my job!
 ~* Mysteria *~

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Very touching and honest.  What can I say that hasn't already been said?  Wonderful!

--Todd
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Todd a nice word from you means a lot to me, thank you.

If I made you smile today then I did my job!
 ~* Mysteria *~

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This beautiful tribute left me in tears and I still weep as I type this message to you my friend..Hugs.This phenomenal poem speaks volumes on friendship and loss ..and gratitude.Bless you Mysteria!Peace within~Cheryl
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This is a masterpiece!  

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Best wishes and hugs,
/Kit
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best wishes...it is always hard to lose those we care about
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