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The Last Words of Mary Dodd - with Audio

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The funeral had been quiet - just the family - nothing more
They'd laid her in her final resting place the night before.
He sat now, going through the things that she had saved through life
This woman who, for fifty years, had been known as his wife.

The clothes he placed into a pile - the perfume for the daughter.
He smiled at all the trinkets and cheap jewelry he bought her
And, way up on a shelf where he had never thought to look,
He reached his hand up high and came down with a ledger book.

He opened it...saw birthday dates - some cooking recipes,
Some facts of little consequence - some homemade remedies
Then, way back on the final page he happened to explore,
He saw some notes she'd written down who knows how long before.

She wrote them in a quite strange way - not like a diary...
It read more like a news report or some biography.
He read the first line, then the next, then sat down on the bed,
His eyes refusing to believe the poignant words he read....


My name is Mary Dodd
I am 55 years old
I am 5'1"
I weigh 155 pounds
I am vain enough to believe
I carry it well.
I have known one man
in my life.
My husband is a
decent
kind
hard-working man.
I have birthed
two children.
I have never made love.
My satisfaction
has never been
a priority
or concern.


"What gibberish was this?" he thought. She'd not made love indeed!
He gave her years of pleasure every time he felt the need!
He almost tossed the book aside like more junk to discard
But her next words jumped off the page and hit him very hard.....


I have corresponded
with another man.
He is warm and caring
makes me laugh
makes me feel
special
cherished
desired
puts a smile
on my face.
I will lose 15 pounds
then send for him.
He will come.
He will want to make love.
I will allow him
to do so.
He will take me to a
darkened room where
I will surrender myself
unashamed
to his touch.
I will experience
one time
all joy and pleasure
unoffered to me
until now.
I will do so
without guilt
without regret
without fear.
He will guide me
and I will follow
willingly
eagerly
happily like a child.
I will smile
laugh
cry
most importantly
I will feel
wanted.

Afterward
I will lay in his arms
quietly
for a time
then get up
dress
touch his lips
with my finger.
He will know that
this will be
the only time.


"The dirty rotten slut!", he screamed. His voice was filled with rage.
He had to force himself to not tear out and burn the page.
He never thought her sexy or not even good in bed
And, all the while, she passed it out to other men instead!


My life will continue.
I will wash
cook
iron
clean
be the perfect wife
I have always been.
On rare occasions
that I am called upon
to perform
I will function
capably
doing what I must
to validate
my man's opinion
of himself.
Occasionally
when burdens of the day
become overly heavy
I will release
from my treasure chest
of memories
those precious moments
of that day then
when I lay
amid rumpled sheets
a desired
fulfilled
complete
woman.
My husband will never know.


By now nighttime had fallen and her words had hit their mark.
He sat alone, a huddled figure weeping in the dark.
He thought of how he treated her-his lackey, fool and slave
And never realized her worth til she was in the grave.

"I'm sorry, girl", he whispered to the book. "I should have known
It wasn't right ignoring you and leaving you alone."
Had these words been a fantasy or did she really go?
In that regard, she'd been correct - he'd never really know.


[This message has been edited by Sunshine (09-16-2007 07:32 PM).]

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Oh, I remember this.  One of your finest poems ever.  You've done right by this one...and we will all thank you for it.

Well done, Sir.

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Balladeer
One of your very best.
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Excellent, Michael. Very well done!
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Wow!


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I agree with Seymour.  Definitely one of your best.  By far.
Wow... just... wow...
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Deer, this is really something....I shouldn't have read it before I go to sleep though 'cause now it will haunt me.  
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7 posted 02-02-2006 08:50 AM       View Profile for Charisma   Email Charisma   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Charisma's Home Page   View IP for Charisma

Oh yes I do remember this one, and its very nice to hear your voice reading one of your finest poems.
Glad I came in to read and hear this one.

((hugs))
Charisma
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Captivating! A very compelling read, Sir Raconteur! You have talent dripping straight from your rack, Dear Deer!


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Most excellent 'Deer!!  
Hugs~Nancy

In the midst of winter,
I found there lives within me..
An invincible summer.

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I think the others really said it all but this really is an epic. Wonderful poetry. Cheers   - Ed

Momma says, "Life... is like a box full of chocolates, you never know when you're gonna get one with a nut in it".

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As much as I hate to post this you prick...this is exceptional!!!!!
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Great poetry, Deer!!  What a story!!  
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Deer Man, you said it all for many women I know. How come you are so all knowing? Sadly, a lot of these woman are young  ladies who never really knew the real love  a man can offer. (And I am sure the reverse can apply ).  Neither ever knew the joys of courtship before love  (I mean  sex)  either. best to you, martyjo
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Whoa Michael, I ADORE this.
Excellent write, and wonderful story!
Methinks it's a   
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Sunshine...thank you for remembering..

Sy...glad you approve, kind sir.

Denise...always a pleasure to see your name!!

The Lady...three little letters that say a mouthful...thank you!

elfin_tigress...thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed..

iliana...we must haunt the same places! Thank you!

Charisma...I'm always glad when you come in. Thank you for liking it...

Earth Angel...talented racks are my specialty! (and who are you calling a raccoon tour??)

Enchantress....most appreciated!

Edward..Thanks for the read and enjoying my work. I appreciate it..

Toerag...must hurt like the devil! I appreciate your pain...and your kind words.

Martie...a story with one foot in truth for some. Thank you, flower lady!

latearrival..I'ma great student of human nature....and that goes for inhuman nature, as well! ...and, yes, you are right.

Gentle Spirit...I always love being kept by you!!!


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You know Deer, this one went straight to my heart. What beautiful words you've penned down here.

Remind me to hug you if ever we'll meet again to thank you for this precious gift.

Titia

Like scattered leaves...my words will flow

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strange how right before us is our whole world, yet we take it for granted, not realizing the importance, until it's no longer there...

Deer, this was immeasurable...

thank you
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yep, I remember too, one of your best, it gives me chills, and it amazes me how you write mary's perspective with such insight...
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Will we?  A sequel perhaps pahleeze?  Now I have to know who it was?
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Goodness gracious, Michael!! Every time I open up one
of your poems, I know it's going to be wonderful,
but, my friend, this is beyond words!! What a story!!
I'm Keeping it to read over and over again!!
Hugs,
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Titia...it always pleases me to please you. Thank you!

LeeJ...you could not be more right. My thanks for enjoying...

luminosity...perhaps I was Mary in another life? Who can say? Thanks for the read..

Mysteria...a sequel? I hadn't even considered one. I will now!

Ethel...comments like yours keep me writing..thank you for so much kindness
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Oh a sequel please! this was fantastic. Kept my eyes right on the screen. If anyone came if they would have thought I was staring at something quite unseemly. Such a wonderful write. I will read it more than once.
xxxxxxx

farewell the ash-tray girl

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Michael,
Yup I like it...


If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

[This message has been edited by Larry C (09-17-2007 04:09 PM).]

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I love it !!!

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