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The Edge of Autumn - September, 2002

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Nightshade
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25 posted 09-28-2002 10:43 PM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

Ron - Thankyou so much for giving us a glimpse of your memories and the warmth of your heart. This is the most poignant piece of writing I have read in a long while and it is going into my library. Chris

Life is not measured by breaths you take, but by moments that take your breath away.

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26 posted 09-29-2002 08:20 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Nearly four years ago now, I was blessed with a new friend.  I had no idea at the time just how much my life would be affected by those new bonds that seemed to wrap so snugly about me.  Nor did I realize at the time that your wounds of loss were so freshly impaled, but your devotion to your family was obvious.  I learned quickly.  

I felt your mourning… I felt your Mom's presence all about you.  I've watched you dauntlessly continue to protect her brood, as they do the same for you.  I understand better now, why you wouldn't let me read more of "Askaris"… I understand more now, after learning of your Mom's Edge of Autumn - and meandering about among your myriad of seedlings, just how special those lilacs are.

Be sure of this, my forever dearest - Your mother was grateful that you were there for that year.  Tired or not, she was smiling every single minute - even (perhaps especially) as you jousted noisily with her grandson.  I expect she's smiling even now.

There's a very special thing about weeping willows, Ron - They grow quickly and thrive well... They're graceful and stunningly beautiful.  They embrace all about them... and they reach easily just Beyond the Edge - to a place of certain rebirth.

You know that I love this poem...
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27 posted 09-29-2002 09:23 AM       View Profile for Gentle Spirit   Email Gentle Spirit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gentle Spirit

Ron this is an extremely special sharing of your heart that you have gifted us with and some very treasured memories.  Bless you and again we have had the pleasure of your thoughts and your verse.  Applauds*

If I have touched one heart through my words, then I have acheived my dream...

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28 posted 09-29-2002 09:33 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

You made me cry.

I think I need to go see my mom, too.

Thank you Ron.
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29 posted 09-29-2002 11:56 AM       View Profile for Greeneyes   Email Greeneyes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Greeneyes

Very Beautiful.....
Lauren~

I need some distraction
...oh beautiful release
Memories seep from my veins

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30 posted 09-29-2002 03:09 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

She was indeed a very lovely lady. What a special relationship you have with your parents.  It is my hope to have this with my son one day.  I am so grateful you shared this poem it was meant to be shared, to explain and rekindle so many feelings in yourself and others.  Thank you.
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31 posted 09-29-2002 06:49 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine


Thank you for the heart-tugs,
and for the lump...
and the sting...

and for the
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32 posted 09-29-2002 10:55 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Most heartfelt poem I've read in a long time, Ron.


Do you remember the young couple
who lived across the road from you, Mom?
Three years ago I bought their property
and now live just eighty-seven irregular steps
from where I last held your hand.

Really got me with that.

Corinne
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33 posted 09-30-2002 01:11 AM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Lovely...James
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34 posted 09-30-2002 02:45 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

I am totally speechless, not because I didnt expect a superb write from you Ron. This your story has touched me deeply. It's absolutely moving.

Thank you for sharing.

Maree
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35 posted 09-30-2002 03:52 AM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

Ron,

I don't think I should bother to pick out parts of the poem that touched me more than other parts or waste my breath in picking out the best parts of this one... 'cos if I do that I might as well place all the lines.

One can easily read and figure out that this poem is very close to your heart...

and it has touched me even deeper than that can be imagined...

Thanks a lot for sharing your words...

Regards,
Sudhir
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36 posted 09-30-2002 03:59 AM       View Profile for Ceinwyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ceinwyn

Yes I have to agree touching, I had to go for a tissue run while reading it, honestly...I'm never good at this sort of thing but I guess everyone else seemed to say it well and took the words right out of my mouth..

If at first you don't succeed destroy all the evidence that you tried.

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37 posted 09-30-2002 09:58 AM       View Profile for amigo   Email amigo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for amigo

This is so very touching & poignant, Ron...thanks for sharing this with us...i can see your mom with warm smiles now....healing hugs to you, my friend...
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Ron...you have been such a part of all of our lives over the past four years, I'm so happy to see that you've let us become a part of yours. While this poem touched me with its tenderness, love and grief, my spirt soars at the thought that after all this time has passed, perhaps you are finally allowing yourself the opportunity to greive and more importantly heal. Although the priveledge to meet you has not been mine, I feel I know you; and although I never had the opportunity to meet your parents, you've allowed me to see their strength and character through your words. I'm sure that you have done them proud and that they smile down upon your precious thoughts captured here.
...one more last thought:
You write far too little, you do knwo that don't you
Hugs
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39 posted 09-30-2002 03:28 PM       View Profile for NewEnglandlazurlu   Email NewEnglandlazurlu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for NewEnglandlazurlu

Ron, I am deeply moved by your story. There is a curiousity of who sits behind these 'blue pages' and so expertly guards and protects this whole village. I thank you so much for sharing a piece of yourself and allowing me into your world through your writing.

Grieving is not easy and it takes time. I hope by planting lilacs and trees and writing this, it helps to bring about a bit of healing for you.

You are a brilliant writer.  Hugs, Marti
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40 posted 10-01-2002 03:41 PM       View Profile for Kethry   Email Kethry   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kethry

you write so well and you don't post often enough. Stunning images and thoughts.
Kethry

Here in the midst of my lonely abyss, a single joy I find...your presence in my mind.  Unknown


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41 posted 10-01-2002 07:18 PM       View Profile for BloomingRose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for BloomingRose

All I can say is... wow, what a powerful piece of poetry!

Deb
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42 posted 10-01-2002 10:17 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Yes, Ron, many have experienced the same thing but I doubt that any can express it as well as you have here. This is very moving, Ron, more so because it is real....and you have instilled the reality of it into every reader. It is exceptional work
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Most of us will grieve one day the loss of parents.
I grieved the loss of my father, but even as it has been almost 20 years now, I still feel him around me when I see the beautiful things in nature he taught me to see.

Your verse is such a lovely goodbye to your Mom Ron and I'm sure she's been out there somewhere to watch the Edge of Autumn with you every year

Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece of your grieve.

Titia

Like scattered leaves...my words will flow

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44 posted 10-02-2002 01:37 AM       View Profile for Beki   Email Beki   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Beki

WOW.....Ron, I have never really known yo at all except to know you are the proprietor here at passions...I didn't know you wrote - have  never seen anything else here written by you, know what I know of you from Nan...

but damn! This is utterly splendid! Every word is like a prayer...every image astounding in its simplicity, every line a tribute to you rmother...this was worth waiting for, never doubt it - it took all that time for these thoughts to form in completeness for you to pen.....

wow...I am much impressed and believe me, it takes a helluvalot to impress me! I am glad I chose to visit again at a time when this was posted
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45 posted 12-01-2004 09:08 AM       View Profile for Susan Caldwell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Susan Caldwell

I started this search in attempt to satisfy Karen..

and I ended up being the one satisfied.

I had forgotten just how good you are at this Ron.

"cast me gently into the morning, for the night has been unkind"
~Sarah McLachlan~

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46 posted 12-01-2004 05:49 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Yep. The man can write.

(and Ron, that is not just flattery)

He doesn't believe me I bet.

*chuckle*

But isn't this just so purty?

And folks, ya'll should check out his prose too.

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47 posted 02-04-2007 09:03 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

For twenty years, Nature spoke to me with the voice
of eternal mountains and unending ocean,
a beautifully droning monotone heard in the distance.

~*~

I knew CA as a "born there citizen" but realized my roots in other states, in other planes, in other existances.

But I come to this, again, today, by chance,
and perhaps, by reasons I know not of.

But for a reason, surely.

Thank you again, my friend that I haven't yet met, but someday, shall.

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48 posted 06-12-2007 06:38 PM       View Profile for Drauntz   Email Drauntz   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Drauntz

I have no words on this poem i have tears.

Your parents are beautiful. and they sure are  very proud of you.  For the love of poem and poets you build this site to bring beauty and happiness to people's life. I can't thank you enough.

I am sorry to learn that both of your parents have passed away. Their spirit will forever live on you.

with deep respect

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49 posted 06-12-2007 09:24 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Thank you Drauntz.

This one of my favorites by Ron.

And Ron? I haven't bugged you about a new poem for a lonnnnnnnnnnng time--y'notice?



*ahem*

a small one? (c'mon...just toss a wee morsel to the masses!)
 
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