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The Iris

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Midnitesun
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0 posted 03-11-2003 01:24 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Midnitesun

Yesterday I happened to gaze
upon wild irises in a nearby field.
My thoughts turned instantly to you.
You, who colored life
in so many different hues,
more vivid, more explosive
than any mortal could ever do.
I knew your heart and soul
from the colors you bled true
onto the canvas of life that was your gift.

I believed you never heard my heartís song,
yet knew somehow it sings from within
the deepest notes of you,
in harmony and discord equally
you do hold my eyes to a sacred light,
and even as I try to shield myself
from your brilliant glare,
and cover my ears to the cry of you,
my heart dares not fully absorb,
nor do my ears wish to resound
my utterances, my mortal fears.

I am a canvas stretched to the limits these days...
too taut, saturated with colors far too intense,
overlapped with brushes dipped into life and death
forever dripping onto bare stark whiteness.

And then I saw what brought me
to know you in the first place.
Utmost longing and despair,
an all-consuming fear of both life and death
that overpowered my very being.
It was the cold and the heat all wrapped into one.
That was when I knew for sure
I saw the iris of you.



© Copyright 2003 Kathleen Kacy Stafford - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 03-11-2003 01:39 PM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

It had my vote before...and it sure will get it again!!
~Hugs & Smiles~
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2 posted 03-11-2003 02:00 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

THANKS NANCY!
I hadn't even kept a copy of this on my hard drive except for the first draft, and I had to re-edit it. It's basically the same as the version previously posted, possibly with different line breaks.
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3 posted 03-11-2003 02:13 PM       View Profile for DawnG   Email DawnG   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for DawnG

I'm not sure if I had the opportunity to read this before the crash. Either way I'm very glad to be reading it now as it is a very beautiful poem that I am so glad you had the first copy of to redo for all of us.

                 Dawn
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4 posted 03-11-2003 02:47 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

Thank you very much for your comment, Dawn.
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5 posted 03-11-2003 03:06 PM       View Profile for Chanson   Email Chanson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Chanson

I have a sneaking suspicion
I read ths before (and commented)
but it deserves a second read and
comment anyway. *s

A lovely piece, Midnitesun.
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6 posted 03-11-2003 03:18 PM       View Profile for NewEnglandlazurlu   Email NewEnglandlazurlu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for NewEnglandlazurlu

This was stunning and I'm glad I got to comment and vote.

Iris are one of my most favorite flowers so your title caught my eye instantly.

Hugs, Marti

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.

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Marti and chanson, thank you each. Yes, it was posted before, but the linux server GLITCH ate it. Thanks for your replies!
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(smiles) Oh Kacy, this is beautiful, sweet friend, they say the Iris is named after Iris, the Goddess of the Rainbow, and the markings reminiscent of the rainbow are emblematic of promise, light, hope, pride and bravery. (kiss on cheek) Which reminds me of this passage:

"And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud.....and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh".

The Greeks even dedicated this flower to Juno, who was honored mother of the gods, and your heart sure shines with light and color! (kiss on cheek) Yay, I love this, God Bless You, we all love you so much, you have my watercolor vote! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet Kacy, thank you for sharing!



May love and light always shine upon you!

Love,
Noah Eaton

"Underneath your clothes there's an endless story..."

Shakira

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Beautiful post.
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Thank you Noah, for that beautiful picture and the info about the iris!
Thanks to you, Spirit!

[This message has been edited by Midnitesun (03-11-2003 07:40 PM).]

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What a truly heartfelt post....gets my vote
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Then one more time, or as many as it takes so that it will be there for someone to look upon it a hundred years from now, and sigh....very gentle smile
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13 posted 03-11-2003 05:52 PM       View Profile for garysgirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit garysgirl's Home Page   View IP for garysgirl


Hi Kacy  
Me again with my vote, Lady...

Hugs,
Ethel  

[This message has been edited by garysgirl (03-11-2003 05:53 PM).]

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Ruth, Logan, Ethel...
humbly thanking each of you for your replies to this Iris poem
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15 posted 03-11-2003 10:24 PM       View Profile for skyshine   Email skyshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit skyshine's Home Page   View IP for skyshine

I didn't see this before, so I'm glad you reposted it so I can see it now. Very powerful words, Midnitesun!

Elizabeth

It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got...
--Sheryl Crow

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Aha! I get to vote twice.

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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17 posted 03-11-2003 11:06 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

Thank you so much Elizabeth!
Thanking you, again, brother Larry.
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jess in case the votes got lost too...

-majnu
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I'm sure I had a better comment the last time... but it's the vote tht really counts
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I have complete faith in Ron but just in case my vote gets lost...
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21 posted 03-12-2003 08:20 AM       View Profile for wranx   Email wranx   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wranx

Here ya go, Kacy

Can't blame the server too much....Tasty!
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but of course!
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MidniteSun~
Beautifully expressed imagery~
*Huglets*
~*Marge*~

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Midnitesun
Glad you found it and you have my vote.
 
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