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Finding Beauty

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James_A_Fraser
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0 posted 11-12-2003 05:53 PM       View Profile for James_A_Fraser   Email James_A_Fraser   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for James_A_Fraser

Finding Beauty

Whatever is begun in love
is beautiful already,
and what beauty starts
is likely to be loved.
There is no strength in this,
no accomplishment in finding
what is good, desirable
and there for all to see.

You have another gift to give,
more real, close to magic;
to look at a barren branch
and see the flowers,
then search the fading flowers
until you find their fruit.
Buried deep in every discard
there is worth, beauty to find
for those with eyes to see it
and a will to bring it forth.

Finding, you share, and sharing,
make it seem easy, obvious:
Of course a life rejected
would create a gentle spirit,
and how could a naked waste
fail to become a garden?
In your eyes, in your hands,
how could rejection fail
to turn to love?

You shame me. How can I, a poet
miss these quintessential things?
How can I, eyes perfect,
be yet blind to clarity,
focus on the map, the road,
and fail to perceive the journey?
Teach me this, to find the beauty,
help me find the joy and love
where all seems bleakest

Learning such a thing would be
itself a beauty,
and finding beauty is your gift;
I would ask it of you.
Search me, find that beauty within me.
If it is there, you’ll find it,
and if it can be shared,
I know you will.

[This message has been edited by James_A_Fraser (11-12-2003 06:05 PM).]

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BluesSerenade
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1 posted 11-12-2003 05:59 PM       View Profile for BluesSerenade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for BluesSerenade

Absolutely breath taking, and so full of the beauty that lives within us all.

You are a true poet in every sense of the word, James_A.    
froggy
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2 posted 11-12-2003 08:36 PM       View Profile for froggy   Email froggy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for froggy

Beautiful indeed.
I like this very much.

:-)
suthern
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3 posted 11-12-2003 11:20 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

to look at a barren branch
and see the flowers,
then search the fading flowers
until you find their fruit.

Vivid images woven with such tenderness... I certainly found beauty when I opened this treasure. *S* Thank you for sharing it with us... It's superb!

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4 posted 11-12-2003 11:30 PM       View Profile for Mistletoe Angel   Email Mistletoe Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Mistletoe Angel's Home Page   View IP for Mistletoe Angel



(smiles) Awwwwwwwww, this is sooooooo beautiful, sweet friend, you truly know where beauty is as you scoop it and fill all your poems with it as evident here! (big hugggsssssss) Keep searching for rainbows, sweet friend, we all love you so much! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet James, thank you for sharing!



May love and light always shine upon you!

Love,
Noah Eaton

I don't need no proof when it comes to God and truth
I can see the sun set and I perceive

***Live***

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just out of reach


5 posted 11-12-2003 11:31 PM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

Search me, find that beauty within me.
If it is there, you’ll find it,
and if it can be shared,
I know you will.

These words already show the beauty within you James. Very nicely done. Chris

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf. -Tagore



    

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6 posted 11-13-2003 03:39 AM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

an awesome write...more awesome ending
SharaRose
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7 posted 11-13-2003 03:45 AM       View Profile for SharaRose   Email SharaRose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SharaRose

Nice...
Janet Marie
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8 posted 11-13-2003 11:37 AM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

You have another gift to give,
more real, close to magic;
to look at a barren branch
and see the flowers,
then search the fading flowers
until you find their fruit.
Buried deep in every discard
there is worth, beauty to find
for those with eyes to see it
and a will to bring it forth.

Finding, you share, and sharing,
make it seem easy, obvious:
Of course a life rejected
would create a gentle spirit,
and how could a naked waste
fail to become a garden?
In your eyes, in your hands,
how could rejection fail
to turn to love?
============================

This is a very very cool write....
one I wish I had wrote...and thats a poets poet compliment.
Very lovely, well done poet sir.

Words break into splinters on the pages I write
If I lost you I don't know what I'd do ...
Burn forever where the flame turns blue

David Gray

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9 posted 11-13-2003 05:35 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

"Beauty to find for those with eyes to see it"...nice writing...James
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10 posted 11-13-2003 10:33 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

quote:
How can I, eyes perfect,
be yet blind to clarity,
focus on the map, the road,
and fail to perceive the journey?


wish I'd written this line myself
a very enjoyable good write!
suthern
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11 posted 11-16-2003 04:06 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I'm playing catch-up... and couldn't resist reading this beauty again. *S*
Martie
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12 posted 11-29-2003 06:52 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Jamie...There is beauty in everything, and it comes from the eye of the beholder.  You are beautiful!
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