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0 posted 2000-06-21 07:25 PM

To Still the Hand of the Muse

Her hands are a metaphor,
a dance that’s full of grace.
Her fingers trace her thoughts
as if connected to the center
of one true thing
and they flow in limitless strings
of inspiration.

To pause
leaves negative space,
brings to art it’s depth
and these words are art,
a pure and practiced vision,
a song that builds and blossoms thus
into waterfalls
that deserts dream of.

Where does the cicada sleep?
Beneath leaves twisted in some crinkled
golden hue, or clutching twig
as time hums lullabies.
A winter is storming behind her eyes
and a dance begs the dancer,
only one embrace before I go.

The cold rock is waiting
calling for circumference.
Her reign will give to glistening basalt
the depth of dreams
and the lines of time in trenches
where centuries are marked,
striations of groaning war,
passion and lusting for knowledge,
will listen.

As graceful as the silken slither
of time itself,
this thought stills her hand in wonder.

© Copyright 2000 Martie Odell Ingebretsen - All Rights Reserved
Poet deVine
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Hurricane Alley
1 posted 2000-06-21 07:29 PM

Marvelous imagery!! Voting!!!!
Novacaine For The Soul
since 2000-05-26
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New Orleans
2 posted 2000-06-21 07:44 PM

dear martie,
     absolutely beautiful work... the muses' hands have been extrordinarily still in my life lately *heh* but it seems they're moving actively in yours... this is exquisitely crafted verse, i'm quite impressed...

a sad tomato

you're such a beautiful freak... i wish there were more just like you...

Dark Angel
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since 1999-08-04
Posts 10095

3 posted 2000-06-21 07:50 PM

Oh Martie, how I have missed reading your poetry!! it always leaves me breathless.
Loved this!!   voting!

My grief lies onward and my joy behind

X Angel
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since 1999-11-07
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4 posted 2000-06-21 08:09 PM

MMMM wow, this was great! I could SEE the pictures.

Wonderful, wonderful work.

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Florida's Foreverly Shores
5 posted 2000-06-21 09:02 PM

Always, my friend ... you leave us wanting more.
How 'bout 'This Slivered Moon' ?
Good to see you back.
Love ya'

~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~

Janet Marie
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since 2000-01-22
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6 posted 2000-06-21 09:37 PM

perfect pick to be a reflection of your talent..
tho how you could ever choose with so many masterpieces is beyond me

serenity blaze
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since 2000-02-02
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7 posted 2000-06-21 09:42 PM

Have been looking for you...delighted to cast a vote here....
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since 1999-06-05
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Callington, Cornwall, England
8 posted 2000-06-22 07:32 AM

Did you use a pen or an artist's brush to paint this wonderful poem? Nicely done Martie  


"We are the music makers and we are the makers of dreams." - Willy Wonka.

Elizabeth Santos
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since 1999-11-08
Posts 9269
9 posted 2000-06-22 07:51 AM

The perfect preface to the book

Not A Poet
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10 posted 2000-06-22 10:03 AM

Wonderful imagery. I suspect there is no limit to what you could add to this one along these lines.


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since 1999-12-27
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11 posted 2000-06-22 10:14 AM

So tenderly you've expressed this, the apotheosis of poetic inspiration, Martie...wonderful literary incantation!

~ Claire

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?......Henry David Thoreau

Rex Allen McCoy
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Sippin a Timmy's in London
12 posted 2000-06-22 10:26 AM

Good choice ... enjoyed this very much

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13 posted 2000-06-22 11:22 AM

Martie, I love the way you write. got my vote.

As graceful as the silken slither
of time itself,
this thought stills her hand in wonder.

really love how you ended it.


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Posts 685
14 posted 2000-06-22 11:26 AM

great one martie...


Never be a carbon copy of anybody...make your own impressions. - ANON.

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15 posted 2000-06-22 03:01 PM

voting here....this one is perfect... great poem martie  
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16 posted 2000-06-22 06:46 PM

So much feeling and so nice, loved your poem

The ability to describe life with words is similar to painting a picture; both can be powerful tools.

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17 posted 2000-06-22 08:37 PM

Martie... what a wonderful selection for the book...   an exquisite poem.
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18 posted 2000-06-22 08:43 PM

Great poem, i really enjoyed it!
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The Hague, The Netherlands
19 posted 2000-06-23 04:29 AM

Member Empyrean
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20 posted 2000-06-23 06:07 PM

Thank you so much for all the lovely replies to this poem!
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21 posted 2000-06-23 11:25 PM

The imagery in this poem was fantastic, and the words chosen and placed so well. Very nice piece, Marty.


the poet's to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name ~ Shakespeare

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Member Rara Avis
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22 posted 2000-06-24 12:38 PM

I surrender!  


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23 posted 2000-06-27 05:27 PM

warmhart--I'm glad that you liked the poem...thank you so much for your reply.

Mike--you need a white flag for that.

brian madden
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24 posted 2000-06-27 06:38 PM

wow Martie, truely wonderful. beautifully written.

"but for the lovers, their arms Round the griefs of the ages, Who pay no praise or wages Nor heed my craft or art"
Dylan Thomas.

Member Seraphic
since 1999-08-22
Posts 22648

25 posted 2000-06-27 07:56 PM

Breathtaking, Martie! Absolutely breathtaking!  


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26 posted 2000-06-28 01:31 AM

Marty, My favorite of yours. Beautiful!!
Member Rara Avis
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27 posted 2000-06-28 02:33 AM


need I say more?


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since 2000-06-28
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North Carolina, USA
28 posted 2000-06-28 02:23 PM

Dear Martie,
   Thank you for turning me on to this one! Your work is so inspiring!  

A Romantic Heart
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Forever In Your Heart
29 posted 2000-06-30 02:59 AM

Loved it!!! Great poem for the book!
Danny Holloway
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30 posted 2000-07-03 01:31 PM

Allow me to echo the nice comments already be said.  ~~Wonderful writing~~

A life isn't significant except for its impact on other lives.

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since 1999-09-21
Posts 28049
31 posted 2000-08-02 04:23 PM

brian--I appreciate your warm reply...thank you!

Denise..Breathtaking is wonderful, thank you for saying it twice!

Alle'--thanks, it is one of my favorites too.

Kamla--you don't need to say more.

Grin--thanks for the read and nice comment...appreciate it

Thank you Romantic Heart for the sweet comment

Danny--thanks for the echo

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since 2000-05-13
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High Springs, Florida
32 posted 2000-08-02 11:56 PM

gotta go with parker up there--the ending is my favorite!  

"As graceful as the silken slither
of time itself,
this thought stills her hand in wonder."

love it!  

"Half of what i say is meaningless; but i say it so that the other half may reach you."
-Kahlil Gibran

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