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iliana
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0 posted 12-16-2003 03:20 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for iliana

Dedicated to Dr. Selma H. Burke, now in another world with angels like the ones she has sculpted.


It seemed to me that, in a sense, her truest gift
     was perhaps,
          within her heart,
          not hands, or mind or toil;
But rather, in her sharing soul.

Wisdom flowed through strong soft words
     and chiselled from my static pose
          a whirling dancer (she would know)
               unlike the one which came before.

Selma's father
     long ago had shared the secret
     we should know --
          of giving all,
               and more,
                    then some.
Selma shared that rule of thumb
     indiscriminately
          with one wanting so to pass it on --
     emphasizing the words, "then some."
Now dancer dances Selma's song.

With pirouettes across the page,
     dancer dances words she gave --
          tuneless songs
          her ink portrays
     echoing Selma's "then some" ways --
     inspired by Selma's "then some" prayers.

[This message has been edited by iliana (12-16-2003 03:22 AM).]

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passing shadows
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1 posted 12-16-2003 04:13 AM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

a sad passing...beautiful tribute
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2 posted 12-16-2003 08:43 AM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

Roosevelt and Selma are no doubt both smiling at this write.
A beautifully written tribute to a talented artist! Thanks for writing and sharing this piece.
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3 posted 12-16-2003 08:49 AM       View Profile for Gentle Spirit   Email Gentle Spirit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gentle Spirit

very nicely done, I enjoyed the read much.
iliana
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4 posted 12-16-2003 09:52 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Thank you all for reading it.  I knew Dr. Burke for only a couple of hours on a plane trip, but she inspired me as though I'd watch her example for a lifetime!

Iliana

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5 posted 12-16-2003 10:02 AM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

Very nice tribute - enjoyed. Chris

"At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet."
-Plato



    

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6 posted 12-16-2003 10:27 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

iliana...I think you were blessed to have the little time you did.  A beautifully done tribute!
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http://www.garyin.com/DIME/Dr.%20Selma.html

I always enjoy when I learn something new.  Thank you for your tribute, and for sharing!
Suetang
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8 posted 12-16-2003 03:56 PM       View Profile for Suetang   Email Suetang   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Suetang

A beautiful dedication.

Take care......Sue

I am in motion
I am blue
Love is an ocean
I'm anchored in you
- Shawn Mullins

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iliana,
   This was as beautiful as the story you told me about Selma.  (I've noticed the hours in which you've been posting and editing.  Iliana, I know you're a very busy woman during the day, so in effect, you post late or early a.m.   Please take time to rest!   We won't forget about your wonderful poetry if you don't post every day!) Take care,
                           Sadie
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Itis nice to learn something new from your poetry. I have been to New Hope, PA where she lived... a beautiful place.

M
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iliana, excellent poem.  Highly enjoyed your tribute to a fleeting friend.
iliana
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12 posted 12-16-2003 07:02 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Steavnir, thanks for your feedback.  Hope you are enjoying the season!  

Iliana

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13 posted 12-16-2003 07:30 PM       View Profile for Goodknight   Email Goodknight   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Goodknight

great tribute - great poetry - Paul
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Nice writing...James
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15 posted 02-24-2004 07:17 PM       View Profile for Obscurity   Email Obscurity   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Obscurity

Wow this was a very good write, and I throughly enjoyed reading it. Thankyou.
iliana
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16 posted 02-24-2004 11:30 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Obscurity -- thank you for reading it.  I am so glad you liked it -- she was quite an inspiration to me.  
iliana
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James -- thank you so much!  
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