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Logan
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0 posted 07-30-2004 03:59 PM       View Profile for Logan   Email Logan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Logan


Wind whispers low with silent words
Stirring sparks with leaping tongue
Then words were said, like rush of birds
Fleeing away when song is sung

Why can I not get where I want to be
My life does seem such a mockery
Spirit is low, for nothing goes right
Although I struggle with all my might

An old hand reaches out over the fire
The sweet grasses fall like aspen leaf
A stick is placed where the coals require
With the voice resounding in quiet belief

Why is it that you can not see
The tests of life are meant to be
The ancients wish to see the strength
Of what you bear and to what length

Nothing is received, unless you give
No gift is present if you don’t believe
You can’t be forgiven, unless you forgive
There is no way to smile, if you can not grieve

Don’t struggle in mud, if you can swim on top
For the way can be easy if you do not stop
I hear the way that you beat your breast
But hear my words, it is only a test

The way of the warrior is no easy way
Believe in the Great Spirit when you walk your path
In honor believe and in the words you say
Or surely you find you face great wrath

Grow in wisdom upon your seek
Search the truths and those you keep
Learn to be strong, as well as meek
Then you will find the way is less steep

The last stick crumbles upon the fire
And darkness envelops the old wolf’s lair
Silence falls when the young one leaves
To seek a new path where he believes
© Copyright 2004 Logan - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 07-30-2004 04:07 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

Mitikola, again, thanking you, for reaching out over the fire, offering wise words.
Enchantress
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Somewhere in time~


2 posted 07-30-2004 04:09 PM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

"Why is it that you can not see
The tests of life are meant to be
The ancients wish to see the strength
Of what you bear and to what length

Nothing is received, unless you give
No gift is present if you don’t believe
You can’t be forgiven, unless you forgive
There is no way to smile, if you can not grieve"

Dear Logan..keeper of the fire..
Your words always ring so true!
Words of wisdom are in all you write.

It is SO good to read you today...
And this piece is a keeper indeed.
Thank you for gifting us with this verse.
~Soft smiles, Leighgirl~

~Somewhere in my heart I'm always
Dancing with you in the summer rain ~

Martie
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Logan, dear man...words that I needed just now...thank you!  
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An old hand reaches out over the fire
The sweet grasses fall like aspen leaf
A stick is placed where the coals require
With the voice resounding in quiet belief


Why is it that you can not see
The tests of life are meant to be
The ancients wish to see the strength
Of what you bear and to what length

Nothing is received, unless you give
No gift is present if you don’t believe
You can’t be forgiven, unless you forgive
There is no way to smile, if you can not grieve


=================================

this is why we need you here....
and why we feel you near when youre not.
smiling at you for this one sweet keeper.
as always..your timing is poetic.



O, Great Spirit

Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me. I am small and weak. I need your
strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes
ever behold the red and purple sunset.

Make my hands respect the things I have
made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.

Make me wise so that I may understand the
things you have taught my people.

Let me learn the lessons you have hidden
in every leaf and rock.

I seek strength, not to be greater than my
brother, but to fight my greatest
enemy - myself.

Make me always ready to come to you with
clean hands and straight eyes.

So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my spirit may come to you without shame.


A Sioux Indian Prayer




I would love to live as a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.

~Fluent~
John O'Donohue

Sunshine
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Why is it that you can not see
The tests of life are meant to be
The ancients wish to see the strength
Of what you bear and to what length

~*~

The old meet young in certain ways
Strength of muscle meets strength that stays
In the mind of Wise and Long
Forever keeps their spirits strong

yv
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6 posted 07-30-2004 08:52 PM       View Profile for yv   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for yv

Wow.  A true master at his best!  I loved this read and I learned so much of lifes many trials that I am still yet to face are merely tests to see if I am ready to begin living.  Thank you.

Yv-Goddess of Her Domain. Symbol of Truth Passion Pain. Let Her Smile Rain on the Hearts of the Innocent.

miscellanea
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This should be written on one of those little Hallmark laminated cards to carry when in a pinch!  Very, very well expressed thoughts to often ponder.  Since it's not laminated and won't fit in my pocket, the library here is the next best thing!
            miscellanea
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8 posted 07-30-2004 09:41 PM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

Wonderful, wise words thoroughly enjoyed. hugs, Chris

   Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.
                                          Hans Christian Anderson

Sunshine
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9 posted 09-21-2004 07:18 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

...and a Happy, Belated Birthday, Logan!
LeeJ
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10 posted 09-21-2004 07:26 AM       View Profile for LeeJ   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LeeJ

to allow, is the greatest gift, and perhaps the entire meaning of love.

This was a tremendous plate warmer...excellent write!
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11 posted 09-21-2004 09:29 AM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

Thanking this circle for bringing this back for us. Happy birthday to you, Logan!
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12 posted 09-21-2004 09:37 AM       View Profile for Ratleader   Email Ratleader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ratleader's Home Page   View IP for Ratleader

I think, my friend, that these may be the wisest words I've ever seen from your pen....

When I see a poem that particularly moves me, I print it out and place it on the desk in front of my computer screen for a while -- that's where this one will be.


Why can I not get where I want to be
My life does seem such a mockery
Spirit is low, for nothing goes right
Although I struggle with all my might

Been there. Am there now.

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______________Ratleader______________

Seymour Tabin
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13 posted 09-21-2004 09:46 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Logan
A cornucopia of fruit. Don't you like fruit?
LOL Excellent write.
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14 posted 09-21-2004 03:44 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Hey you!  



(Sorry, I am a day late!)

We do miss your beautiful wisdom around here, but hope all is well down there.
Martie
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I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Logan!  
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wow this gave me chills
words i needed to hear today  i thank you

time prophet
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17 posted 09-21-2004 07:59 PM       View Profile for time prophet   Email time prophet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for time prophet

Nothing is received, unless you give

Now there are true words of wisdom.
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18 posted 09-22-2004 09:35 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I'm glad this one came up again... for in missing it, I'd missed a lot... Into my library this goes!
Martie
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19 posted 04-13-2006 03:45 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Hi Logan...I needed to read this again today.  Thanks for being you!  
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20 posted 10-27-2007 05:44 PM       View Profile for Artic Wind   Email Artic Wind   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artic Wind

reading this changed my day

ARCTIC WIND
 
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