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The Rose Colored Glasses

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Kit McCallum
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0 posted 10-18-2001 10:06 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Kit McCallum

The Rose Colored Glasses

I somehow lost my glasses they were such a special pair;
They had a lovely tint of rose - I wore them everywhere;
I searched and searched to no avail, as many weeks ensued,
While all the days that followed, seemed so gray and misconstrued.

The last time that I had them, was a Tuesday, I recall,
About a month ago, when life came halting to a crawl;
I must have set them down as I was watching my TV,
That morning the eleventh of September, I believe.

Before that day, I used to see the world through colored glass;
The blush of rose would filter out the demons from my path;
When I looked through those spectacles I had nothing to fear,
And found that when I lost them, my perspective grew unclear.

I phoned up my optometrist, and went in for a test,
He asked if I could read a chart I said I'd do my best;
I called out many letters as I went across the row,
An F, an E, an A, an R - I read them to and fro.

The second line read D, then E, an A, a T, then H,
I called them out as I went through, but started losing faith;
The bottom line was hard to read, I really had to squint,
It spelled out WAR and TERROR in a very tiny print.

I started crying then and there I didn't like this game ...
Without my rosy glasses, all I saw was fear and pain;
"I'll write you a prescription," said the doctor with a moan
"Supplies are rather short these days, I fear you're not alone."

I followed his advice, and sure enough, the order came;
I left the box unopened, frightened I might go insane;
But now within his office, he removed them from their case,
A lighter shade I noticed, than the pair that I'd misplaced.

"You'll find that they are not as strong as what you had before.
I've tried, but I'm afraid that they don't make those anymore.
You're suffering from something that I used to find quite rare
Astigmatism brought on by the state of world affairs."

"Your vision's been distorted, by the chaos you perceive
The constant news bombarding optic centers - no reprieve.
The symptoms can be headaches, some fatigue, yet lack of sleep,
A blurring of the mind until reduced to tears, you weep."

"These glasses aren't a cure, but they will help you find your way,
Each time you place them on give thanks for all you have, and pray.
Just look beyond the hype and fear perspective is the key,
Identify the good in life, to set your spirit free."

He placed the glasses on my face, and pointed to the chart;
I closed my eyes and gave my thanks then prayed with all my heart!
I called out every letter in the first line that I saw ...
An F, an A, an I, a T, an H I read with awe.

Continuing, I saw an H, an O, a P, then E,
I felt my spirits rise, and I began to truly see
The further that I read, the print was "clearer" - I was stunned!
The final line spelled vividly that WE SHALL OVERCOME!


/Kit McCallum

© Copyright 2001 Kit McCallum - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 10-18-2001 10:17 PM       View Profile for Duncan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Duncan

Wow...how'd you do that?  This is simply incredible!  I love happy endings.
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2 posted 10-18-2001 10:24 PM       View Profile for Tracey   Email Tracey   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tracey

Wow Kit. This is another brilliant story from your pen. Such a great story, and again with such words of truth behind it. I do so love your writings, they tell so much. I don't know how you keep doing it, but I'm glad you do.

If she who dies with the most toys wins, then can I have some toy boys please?

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STANDING OVATION!!!ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT!!!

Love I leave with you whether it is in your life now or yet the essense of your dreams.

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Kit~
Positively a brilliant and touching piece of writing~

I think I'll call my optometrist for one of those exams~
Bless you, sweet lady~
*Hugs*
~*Marge*~

~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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WOW
WOW O WOW
O WOW WOW WOW


I want a pair of those!
This is an incredible poem. May I give a copy of it to the optometrist when I go and order some of these glasses?
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6 posted 10-19-2001 12:42 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

This was such an encouraging and wise piece of writing filled with hope for the future, and for we shall overcome.  Fantastic writing and story Kit.

~I always have time to listen to someone talking from their heart~

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Kit,
I'm not looking for my glasses.  I'm on me knees in awe!  Such an incredible gift you share here.  Such a wonderful heart and mind you have.  I'll keep comin' back for more.  Bless you.

Sin isn't fair, but God got even, grace isn't fair either.  larry c

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I need sunglasses to look at you cuz you my dear are....

BRILLIANT


this poem is SO COOL

How very clever and creative you are.
You worked this theme, metaphor and word play to poetic perfection.
Your gift of story telling in rhyme divine added to the always positive moral of your message, never cease to impress and amaze us.
You have gone to the heart of the matter here for what all of us are feeling in this time of change and loss.
You ROCK when you rhyme Kit-girlie...
you rock even when ya dont rhyme  
me

This distance has shown how the road remains alone
Now I'm looking in my life ... for a truth that is my own.

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I love your Muse.  I adore what she does with your mind, and how it transfers to the written word.  You have a great deal to be proud of, and Passions does too, YOU!
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10 posted 10-19-2001 09:02 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Kit,
It's hard to improve on JM. I can only say once again to me you are in Balladeers class.
and that's about as classy as you can get. *L* Sy
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JM and Seymour said it best... This IS brilliant. *S* And the highest compliment I can think to pay a poet is that you're in the same exalted realm as Balladeer, telling a story with excellence of rhyme and flawless rhythm.  

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Kit--Fantastic writing!! Thank you for this uplifting poem..
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WONDERFUL WRITE!!  This was just wonderful Kit, thank you!

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

(I could have missed the pain, but I'd have had to miss the dance~Garth)

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GR8 Kit!

Did you know that F E  A  R stand for:

False
Evidence
Appearing
Real

???

Fool, said my Muse to me, look in thy heart and write.

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Wow! This is very, very good. I really like it. Maybe, I need some new glasses.
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Wow, Kit, your talent just amazes me!  
I can always count on you to bring lessons to life so wonderfully.  This is sooooo well expressed  
Into my library this goes~

Take care,
Melissa~

"Poetry is not an opinion expressed...
it is a song that rises from a bleeding
wound...or a smiling mouth"

~Kahlil Gibran~

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Yes, we will! Very well stated Kit....a wonderful metaphor and it's so true. I loved this!  

God bless America, my home sweet home.

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Kit - Thjis is so CREATIVE!!!.  It's one of those poems where everybody says, "I wish I had thought of that!" - This is a really, really great poem.  I love it through and through.  Good for you, Kit!  Bully!
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BRAVO!!! STANDING OVATION!!! What a wonderful poem of hope and faith! I LOVE IT!!! Your words are amazing, sweet Kit! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet Kit, thank you for sharing!

May love and light always shine upon you!

Love,
Noah Eaton
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Kit!!  This is fantastic!!  Just so great, and special, and creative, and inspiring and ,....oh dear...sorry..I am just  elated after reading this piece!!  
Thank you so much!
~hugs, NancyLee~


~Time has cast a spell on you,
So that you won't ever forget me.~

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I have reread this several times.  This is one of the best poems I have read in a long time.   Thank you for sharing.  All I can say is WOW!
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EXCELLENT

Melton

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BRILLIANT WORK!
From beginning to end, very captivating
Proud of ya, Sis
Liz
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This is fine poetry, moving and well crafted and those glasses? Ah, yes, I have a pair and I've lost them, but I believe I know where they are!

-befriend yourself and you will never be alone-
Anna

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