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Auguste
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0 posted 10-27-2001 05:55 PM       View Profile for Auguste   Email Auguste   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Auguste's Home Page   View IP for Auguste


My Writing Desk

by Michael


Two sea green candles in polished brass
decorate the top of antique secretary
I use for writing.

They shimmer, spilling ocher light
over darkly tanned hands and paper,
casting crawling shadows.

The light, not quite adequate enough
to penetrate the pigeonholes of this old desk
and reveal many treasures hidden within.
Their meager warmth is welcome
this quiet, frosty night.

My secretary, painted ivory white
with carvings trimmed in gold leaf,
easily reflects the candlelight.

I reach for reading glasses,
pen with black ink
and begin to scribble my thoughts.

So many wounds I have known.
So many moments I have loved,
yet I reach for more.
Greedy, I suppose.

Years ago I wrote a poetic eulogy
for my mother while sitting at this desk.
I remember watching
as tears fell, smearing the ink of my words.
Even then there were candles
and falling tears
were the color of fire.

This desk has also seen many happy poems born
and many written for the purpose
of offering hope.
It is a fine desk,
having served many generations
of family well.

One day,
along with the poetry it contains
and all the treasures secreted within,
it will belong to my son.
By then, my candles will long since
be burned out.
Perhaps he will light a couple of his own.


Michael Auguste~
There is more depth to the heart than the mind can comprehend and it only has boundaries when we choose to fence it in.  

© Copyright 2001 Michael Auguste - All Rights Reserved
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CLAPPING WILDLY!!! Oh Michael, I'm so very sure he will, and he, like you, will write some of the most beautiful and loving words straight from his loving heart! (big hugggsssss) I kind of go around everywhere writing down my thoughts, but I believe that every thing ha stheir own special story and memory to share, and you captivate it so wonderfully here! (smiles) Beautiful, sweet friend! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet Michael, thank you for sharing!

May love and light always shine upon you!

Love,
Noah Eaton
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Michael,

  What a beautiful poem. I'm sure your son will treasure you words of wisdom and shared memories. Wonderful

Hugs,
Tara

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This desk serves you well indeed
a poet, such as you
a treasure of ornamental sake
holding candles and a brew

many years will go by
feeling your pen in write
I can see you in the flicker
of your candle late at night

use your desk well then
allow it to serve your needs
with the scratching of your pen
we shall benefit by your reads...
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And it will be a wonderful legacy to him, Michael. My desk is not nearly so beautiful, having cat fur and miscellaneous junk covering it.  
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Michael, what a wonderful write, and sounds like a very exquisite desk.  How I would love to peek into those pigeonholes and see what treasures are to be found in there.  Love old furniture, I do, and what a great thing to hand down to your son....wonder if he will sit and write poetry as the candles burn down.  Thoroughly enjoyed,  Nancy.

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

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Smiling, as I know Chris has some powerful candlelight to follow, and will no doubt uncover many secrets in those nooks and crannies (or should that read crooks and nannies?)

My typos today are driving me crazy! Just had to come back and fix one.  

[This message has been edited by Midnitesun (edited 10-27-2001).]

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*sigh* a heritage your son will surely be proud of. This is such a beautiful poem. A keeper it will be for me. Thank you for sharing it.  

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

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As expected, just beautiful.
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Michael

"This desk has also seen many happy poems born
and many written for the purpose
of offering hope.
It is a fine desk,
having served many generations
of family well."

A fine poet needs to have a fine desk...you have captured a scene so beautifully here, my friend...and it touches my heart.
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Michael, absolutely breathtaking.  Perhaps he will light a few of his own, and in the flicker might some of his fathers own words flow through his mind.  This is wonderful dear Michael.  *s*

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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This touches my heart because I love antiques and would love to have a desk like this to write on. I'm sure I could write great poetry on such a fine desk. A beautiful image you have penned here, and I am sure your son will enjoy it as much as you do

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

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An excellent poem and I thank you PoetFriend for sharing this gem with all us here...

Hugs2uAlways
*~coco~*
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I know he will....a legacy...that you have beautifully brought to reason in the memory of your devotion. A fine desk indeed. A fine poet!

Sincerely,
Regina
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This is an amazing poem
Superb writing, my friend
A very warm portrait of a poet at his desk
You paint a very homey picture.
Bravo! for this very fine piece
Liz
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You've painted such a warm and beautiful picture here Michael. I think you should tuck this poem neatly into the corner of one of the drawers, as a sweet surprise to be found many years down the road ... this was just wonderful!  

Best wishes,
/Kit

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I loved the entire theme of this, I love my desk and so enjoyed this!

-befriend yourself and you will never be alone-

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Very, very good. I like this.
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lovely


Greeneyes~



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because in spite of everything,
I still believe that
people are really good at heart.
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You already know I think your desk is gorgeous!   What a beautiful poem   (((hugs)))

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Superbly said and I am certain that he will
be most proud to sit at a coveted place.
Knowing that such wonderment and wisdom have
originated at this desk.
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