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Janet Marie
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since 2000-01-22
Posts 18554

0 posted 2000-06-22 11:46 PM

~To Hold A Butterfly~

He said "Hold me before I go baby ...
and promise me you wont cry,"
so I held him like it was forever, and I promised ...
though we both knew it was a sweet lie.

He said "Love me while Im gone baby" ...
and thru my tears, all I could do was smile.
He had heard the angels calling his name ...
we both knew we only had a little while.

So I held him even closer ...
and I tried to quiet all his doubt.
I kissed away his tears that fell ...
from too many years of doing without.

I said "I will always love you baby,
this you already know."
Then he taught me how to hold on to love ...
while still learning to let go.

And I learned there are some wounds ...
that even love cant heal.
And I learned unconditional love ...
was gentle, genuine, and real.

I said "I don't just love you baby ...
I love you desperately."
This kind of love is forever ...
it is born of fate and destiny.

So we held each other tighter,
and we let not one single emotion go unspoken.
We learned this love was constant ...
this bond could not, would not ever be broken.

And I learned that this kind of love ...
could truly set a heart free.
And while I was loving him ...
he taught me ... how to love me.

Sometimes Fate grants you a gift ...
and it gives your life its destination.
And along the way ...
you find your self and your heart's inspiration.

Everything indeed ... happens for a reason ...
something's are simply and sweetly just ~meant to be~.
So I loved him like it was my last chance,
and when the time came ... I set my butterfly free.

~Butterflies Are Meant To Be Free~

Janet Marie

for DeVante'... with my love, always.

© Copyright 2000 Janet Marie - All Rights Reserved
Janet Marie
Member Laureate
since 2000-01-22
Posts 18554

1 posted 2000-06-22 11:47 PM

I have 2 poems submitted here and was very content and grateful for the wonderful replies and support.
In the last week since this new forum went up I have been overwhelmed with E-mails
asking me why I had not submitted this one.
To those of you who took the time to write me and request this,
and most of all support and understand my need to honor this beautiful man --
who touched my life so sweetly...even tho you never knew him...
(other than thru my poetry in the past 6 months)
For this --I thank you from my poets heart.
This place is magic.

Member Ascendant
since 1999-09-06
Posts 6296
Sunny Queensland
2 posted 2000-06-23 12:03 PM

Well Janet Marie I am glad you posted this one!!  It's marvelous and one of your best I too apparently believe!!  It got my vote hon  

I'll tell you this...... No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.....
(Goddess - Sovereign of the Spirit)

Christopher J
since 2000-06-21
Posts 94

3 posted 2000-06-23 02:42 AM

this definately has my vote!!!  Love is wonderful thing, sometimes we don't realise it until it is gone..keep up the good work.
Christopher J
since 2000-06-21
Posts 94

4 posted 2000-06-23 02:43 AM

this definately has my vote!!!  Love is wonderful thing, sometimes we don't realise it until it is gone..keep up the good work.
serenity blaze
Member Empyrean
since 2000-02-02
Posts 27738

5 posted 2000-06-23 07:18 AM

I vote for this lovely tribute, of course Janet Marie...e ya later...
linda munday
since 2000-06-17
Posts 315
Adelaide, Australia
6 posted 2000-06-23 07:26 AM

Someone hand me a Kleenex.
Beautiful poem, beautiful love. My heart has a knot in it now.
Linda M.

Member Elite
since 2000-01-06
Posts 3129
7 posted 2000-06-23 11:50 AM

Janet, glad you put this one in, its a wonderfull poem. Loving and sweet though sad.


Elizabeth Santos
Member Rara Avis
since 1999-11-08
Posts 9269
8 posted 2000-06-23 01:06 PM

I am so glad you submitted this wonderful poem. It is superb in many ways.

Member Elite
since 2000-03-06
Posts 3733
9 posted 2000-06-23 10:07 PM

YES!!!!!!! I too loved this one and am so happy that you submitted it     love ya!!
Deputy Moderator 5 Tours
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Posts 4697

10 posted 2000-06-23 11:07 PM

JM, this is a beautiful poem. It brought me to tears. I'm glad you were able to set your butterfly free.

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -Oscar Wilde
"The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief" -Shakespea

Senior Member
since 2000-01-13
Posts 873
Hammond, La USA
11 posted 2000-06-23 11:13 PM

JM This one truely touched me

Deputy Moderator 5 Tours
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since 2000-01-03
Posts 7855

12 posted 2000-06-24 01:29 AM

Damn, I love this poem. If this doesn't get published, Butterfly Slippers, there's no justice in the world. But we already knew that.   I have a feeling this will get published anyway.


ellie LeJeune
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since 2000-01-10
Posts 4156
King of Prussia, PA USA
13 posted 2000-06-24 01:45 AM

Jan; Iloved this the first time I read it and love it even more the second time around.
Magnificent! Bravo! Love, Ellie

Summers haunting melody
that awakens
the butterflies,
calling them to join
the dance
in their silent song
of praise to God.

ellie LeJeune

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since 2000-01-18
Posts 4713
14 posted 2000-06-24 05:31 AM

Sweet Janny...yes I'm glad you submitted this one, it is one that I remember and one which should be in the book...It's beautiful
Love and hugs Tracie~

Love is the life of the soul...
It is the harmony of the universe

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since 2000-01-18
Posts 4713
15 posted 2000-06-24 05:32 AM

Sweet Janny...yes I'm glad you submitted this one, it is one that I remember and one which should be in the book...It's beautiful
Love and hugs Tracie~
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sorry Jan I had to post again as I forgot to tick the vote box  

Love is the life of the soul...
It is the harmony of the universe

[This message has been edited by tracie66 (edited 06-24-2000).]

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since 2000-02-02
Posts 664
16 posted 2000-06-24 06:10 AM

hey Janet...
how are you doing? i'm glad you chose this poem for the book it's exquisite work...
look around for more of you ...
bye for now...

If all was light...then I would have never learnt the dark...from which such truth evolves
from which evolves the light...
Avanti Rao

Janet Marie
Member Laureate
since 2000-01-22
Posts 18554

17 posted 2000-06-24 09:27 PM

thank you everyone for these hearfelt
you all make me feel like I could fly
love ya

Member Seraphic
since 1999-08-22
Posts 22648

18 posted 2000-06-24 09:47 PM

Very beautiful, Janet Marie, touching and tender!


Senior Member
since 2000-02-14
Posts 685
19 posted 2000-06-25 10:17 AM

Perfectly beautiful Janet...soooo glad you decided to include this one..


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

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since 1999-09-21
Posts 28049
20 posted 2000-06-25 12:50 PM

Janet Marie--this poem touched me so deeply the first time I read it...and again now.. Your expression of love touches a personal place in my heart...simply superb writing!!
X Angel
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since 1999-11-07
Posts 1521
21 posted 2000-06-28 01:22 PM

this was wonderful
this was splendiferous
this was divine

can ya tell I liked it?
(and oh so so sad *sniff*)

Danny Holloway
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since 2000-01-15
Posts 2034
Tulsa, OK
22 posted 2000-06-29 10:57 AM

JM, have to agree with the others, this is really a beautiful poem.  You are truly a gifted writer.

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since 2000-02-02
Posts 1209

23 posted 2000-06-29 03:18 PM

well I had never read it so first I thank the ones who mailed their requests and then I thank you....this is incredibly touching...really beautiful Janet ...*sighs and tears....

Andrew Scott
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since 1999-06-24
Posts 2558
24 posted 2000-06-29 07:18 PM

Very much from the heart... very beautiful and sad at the same time. May peace be with you in memory of your love.  Thank you for sharing.
Lone Wolf
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since 2000-03-16
Posts 5842
Lansing, MI USA
25 posted 2000-06-29 10:22 PM


I know this one wasn't easy to write, but I happy to see you have submitted it.  Wonderful writing my friend.  


Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.
--William Wordsworth

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since 1999-06-05
Posts 596
Callington, Cornwall, England
26 posted 2000-07-01 04:07 PM

JM, I'm really glad you were persuaded to post this... it's beautiful  


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

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since 2000-03-07
Posts 2829
Between a laugh and a tear...
27 posted 2000-07-02 03:35 AM

You know I love this one, glad that you have submitted it.

God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me. ~Unknown

Member Elite
since 2000-02-10
Posts 2245
Pickering, Ontario
28 posted 2000-07-02 09:54 PM

this book would be not be complete without something from one of my favourite poets!


It is a blessing to have wings for words, and passion in pen
Marina Crossley

Kit McCallum
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since 2000-04-30
Posts 14774
Ontario, Canada
29 posted 2000-07-14 07:33 PM

"And while I was loving him ...
he taught me ... how to love me."

No question about it ... loved this!  Thank goodness for "search" features, I didn't wanna miss a single one Janet Marie  

Best wishes,

shadow of poetry
since 2000-07-22
Posts 76
midwest usa
30 posted 2000-07-24 01:41 PM

my god how i love this poem
i can not read it without crying
i can not imagine you NOT writing this poem

my sister is the poet
I am but a shadow
by the light of poetry
I read then dream

Member Patricius
since 2000-05-14
Posts 11858
New Brunswick Canada
31 posted 2000-07-25 02:32 PM

Janet I have been busy working so I missed all these poems so I am catching up.
What a delightful tribute..I found this to be so warm and open I don't know how you were able to keep it that ..ethome..

Heather Miller
since 2000-07-19
Posts 409
Bryan, Ohio USA
32 posted 2000-07-25 02:45 PM

Very beautiful and so loving........
I loved it I voted for it......

With God all things are possible.

Mark Bohannan
Member Rara Avis
since 2000-06-21
Posts 7269
In the winds of Cherokee song
33 posted 2000-07-25 06:26 PM

JM-This is such a tremendous treasure of a pure love.  I ache for your loss but in turn rejoice knowing that you have been given a gift that will last for all eternity.  It is not one that all can share and for you I smile because you deserve these memories.
Member Elite
since 2000-02-04
Posts 2919
New York, USA
34 posted 2000-08-03 12:24 PM

Just so gentle, so beautiful JM.  Love it, every line.  Bonnie
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since 2000-05-13
Posts 3552
High Springs, Florida
35 posted 2000-08-07 03:19 PM

jm:..this are so many lines in here that touched me so powerfully..this is..your heart poured out..its gotta be..such emotion..its truth and learning and overcoming loss........its wonderful!  i hope to see this one in the book..
great work..(hope you dont mind if i save this in my personal favorites..!)


"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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