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coyote
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0 posted 10-02-2004 09:59 PM       View Profile for coyote   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for coyote

Maddy

I

When I lived in St. Paul in the fall of ’70
in a house with three girls I worked with in the Mac cafeteria
they called me “cowboy”.

Sometimes we smoked a little
and made candles by mixing different colored wax
then poured it into molds made from snow
letting the boiling wax work its random way through the cold
until it set.

We took the candles to a place called the West Bank and sold them
or traded for stuff
or just gave them away.

One time Madeline pressed my fist into the snow
poured red and yellow wax in the hollow
and the candle that came out looked just like a human heart.

Christ Maddy, I loved you.

After all this time you’re still in there
and the memory
is a pure form of nourishment.

II

Do you remember how we met?

When you asked what I did for orientation
I replied: “Anything”
which started us both laughing and broke the ice.

I had no mailbox so you let me use yours.

We went to “The Spoon” and drank coffee
smoked Camels and talked
about nothing and everything,

held hands and watched a Star Trek rerun in the dorm lounge,
stood in the stairwell kissing for eons,

then ran breathless through the cold
to your house
and warmed ourselves
in an ancient and beautiful way.

III

The night we went to the Guthrie
and saw the Youngbloods
you sat reading the program and asked:
“Jesse Colin Young went to Andover you know.
Was he there when you were?”

“Uh, I didn’t know, I guess he wasn’t there,” I said.
“When I was, I mean,” smiling through the colors.

Brownies kept going by in paper sacks
but we didn’t try them.

As the theater darkened
and the show got underway
the windowpane was crystalline and clean
the stage became a holy apparition
and their music drew the colors
into words.

“Some will come and some will go
We will surely pass
When the one that left us here
Returns for us at last
We are but a moment’s sunlight
Fading in the grass
Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now"
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Enjoyed....James
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Thanks for the read, James.

coyote

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3 posted 10-03-2004 01:07 AM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

"Christ Maddy, I loved you.

After all this time you’re still in there
and the memory
is a pure form of nourishment."


this is so emotional...like a peek inside your heart...loved this
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4 posted 10-03-2004 10:45 AM       View Profile for coyote   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for coyote

Thanks for reading and for the sweet comments, SEA.

Just an old hippie's reminiscing.....

Billy 8)

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Christ Maddy, I loved you.

After all this time you’re still in there
and the memory
is a pure form of nourishment.


Thank you Billy for sharing YOU with us.



Maree.

cuz when i look at you i squint
you are that beautiful.

~ani difranco~

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6 posted 10-03-2004 05:11 PM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

"One time Madeline pressed my fist into the snow
poured red and yellow wax in the hollow
and the candle that came out looked just like a human heart.

Christ Maddy, I loved you.

After all this time you’re still in there
and the memory
is a pure form of nourishment."

Wonderful write...bittersweet memories.
I so much enjoyed the read.
Hugs~

~Autumn..the year's last, loveliest smile.~

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Thank you kindly for reading, Maree.

I was only 18 then, and like all kids of that era, felt we could change the world,
little did we know it would do so much to change us.

Billy 8)
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Thank You for the kind reply, Enchantress.

She dumped me for a jock about Thanksgiving time, I came home for Christmas break and didn't return, so I never saw her again.

But:
"The heart knows not the march of time."

coyote 8)
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such a tender song of love gone south, a tune many of us have sung

also, a keeper for my library, thank you
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LOL, and it works better when you remember to click that library box LOL
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Thanks, Midnitesun.

Indeed an honor to be in your library.

Billy 8)
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I so enjoyed this...thank you for sharing...you painted a piece of history I know little about - a taste of my parents time, in vivid color.
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Thank You for the read and kind reply, Copperbell.

"The times they were a'changin'."

coyote 8)
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oh this was a wonderful read, a wonderful write for your friend Maddy - very much enjoyed! hope to read more of you
Roniece Dawson-Bruce
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Thank You so much for reading, Roniece.

Your comments are greatly appreciated.

coyote 8)
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Well done!
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Thank You, icebox.

Glad ya liked it.

coyote 8)
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18 posted 04-21-2005 06:24 AM       View Profile for LeeJ   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LeeJ

Dear Coyote,
I've been posting here at PIP for over a year...and suggested my girlfriend come to the site and read some of the marvelous poets here...she did, and happened across this poem...wrote me and said she was...in her own words, Thunderstruck, so, not only am I sending this back to the top, but also am going to post her commentary on your work, this trememdous poem....she said...

Today I was deleting some of the bookmarked files I have, and reread the poem, for perhaps the 20th time, and still felt the same emotions upon reading it the first time. Just loved the simple honest raw emotions expressed from a time long ago.

and so, coyote, if you still pop in and out of PIP from time to time, thought you would enjoy knowing this.  

Now, I'm going to make it a point to read more of you...hugs...and thank you...Lee J.
 
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