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Janet Marie
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since 2000-01-22
Posts 18554

0 posted 2000-06-26 12:49 PM

~Traces Left Behind~

What's left of me ... inside of you ... did I leave anything behind,
am I a whisper in your heart ... a ghost of sweet regret in your mind.
Did I leave a trace of contentment ... did I mend the hole in your heart,
am I a secret that you keep ... a kind memory that love imparts.

When you think of me ... does it bring a gentle smile to your face,
do you cherish the love we shared ... is it held in a special place.
Did I leave a lasting impression ... any footprints on your soul,
did my love bring you peace ... did I complete and make you whole.

When you cry late at night ... am I there in your tears reflection,
did my love inspire you ... did I give your life direction.
Will I always be inside of you ... a soft shadow, a treasured memory,
will you look back on this love ... will this time be an echo of destiny.

Did my love make you strong ... did it help you to see your own light,
did my touch make you warm ... did my embrace comfort you in the night.
Can you now see the beauty in you ... can you love yourself thru my eyes,
can you accept fate's reasons ... walk the path to where love's future lies.

All of these things you have left in me ... a thousand kisses on my heart,
I hold on to the memories ... and cherish this love ... now that we're apart.

Janet Marie

for DeVante'... with love ...
for all the traces left behind.

© Copyright 2000 Janet Marie - All Rights Reserved
Sudhir Iyer
Member Ascendant
since 2000-04-26
Posts 6943
Mumbai, India : now in Belgium
1 posted 2000-06-26 12:58 PM

Wondeful, Wonderful, Wonderful and I could go on like this....
better stop and (click)  

regards, sudhir

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee,
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;

- John Donne

brian madden
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since 2000-05-06
Posts 4374
2 posted 2000-06-26 01:26 PM

You know this has my vote. a beautiful tribute to your soul mate.  

All of these things you have left in me ... a thousand kisses on my heart,
I hold on to the memories ... and cherish this love ... now that we're apart.

"An abyss that lasted creation A circus complete with all fools
Foundations that lasted the ages Then ripped apart at their roots"
joy division

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since 1999-06-05
Posts 596
Callington, Cornwall, England
3 posted 2000-06-26 04:44 PM

As I said in open (taking the easy way out LOL)

I think these are questions everyone who has ever been in love, then lost that love, asks themself at one time or another. I admire the way you can put words to all those feelings so well.


p.s. that counts if you were with your love and then had to go a long distance away too  

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

[This message has been edited by Eric Williams (edited 06-26-2000).]

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since 1999-10-08
Posts 3544
The Hague, The Netherlands
4 posted 2000-06-26 05:40 PM

Beautiful poem Janet Marie  
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since 2000-01-06
Posts 3129
5 posted 2000-06-26 07:12 PM

Janet, some of you devante poems are my fav's of yours, they have so much deep emotion and heart song....

three thumbs up....


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since 2000-02-04
Posts 2919
New York, USA
6 posted 2000-06-27 07:59 AM

Janet Marie this is simply beautiful.  Bonnie
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since 2000-06-26
Posts 3168
Blue Heaven
7 posted 2000-06-27 08:47 AM

Bravo. No less than outstanding.


Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito. - Virgil.
"Yield thou not to adversity, but press on the more bravely".

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

8 posted 2000-06-28 01:25 AM

thank you all for your kind words...i appreciate them and you, very much.
take care, jm

baby dont you work so hard
for this prize you've found,
it will all be gone-when you turn around,
cause nothing lasts forever anyway.
Rick Roberts

Member Rara Avis
since 1999-07-17
Posts 7704

9 posted 2000-06-28 02:37 AM

Just lovely butterfly sharer...just lovely...



Member Elite
since 2000-03-06
Posts 3733
10 posted 2000-06-28 09:11 AM

Tears come easily with this one...
The hope that we have left even
a trace of us behind is what often
carries us forward, to think anything
less would.........well you know
Take care sweetie this one of course
has a HUGE vote from me!!!!

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since 1999-06-19
Posts 2462

11 posted 2000-06-28 10:52 AM

Wonderfully written.  Very nice.
Senior Member
since 2000-02-02
Posts 1209

12 posted 2000-06-28 10:59 AM

I get mixed up, remember replying to some of these poems in open and then can't remember if I have glad I rechecked this one ...for sure its got my vote  
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since 1999-09-21
Posts 28049
13 posted 2000-06-28 12:37 PM

jm--so much emotional power in your words...this is again so very well done!
Deputy Moderator 5 Tours
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14 posted 2000-06-28 12:40 PM

This is such a beautiful poem, my friend. I'm sure that a wonderful person such as yourself could never leave a person without having a lasting impression on them!

"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

Danny Holloway
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since 2000-01-15
Posts 2034
Tulsa, OK
15 posted 2000-06-29 05:46 PM

About the time I think i'm a poet I read one of your masterful poems and realize that there are people who write poetry and then there are poets.  Janet Marie, YOU ARE A POETS POET!

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

Janet Marie
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since 2000-01-22
Posts 18554

16 posted 2000-06-30 11:48 AM

thank you so much to all of you...
I truly appreciate your encouragement ...
most of all I grow as a poet in the light of your words.

Danny ... you are so sweet and have always
been one of my biggest supporters since my early first days here when I only posted over in DP...
I thank you my kind friend...truly.
much thanks to all.
love and respect

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since 2000-02-02
Posts 664
17 posted 2000-07-13 12:39 PM

oh Janet...!
you got me right there with this one...
all the questions i ever think of right there! lovely poem
great work

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

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since 2000-02-10
Posts 2245
Pickering, Ontario
18 posted 2000-07-13 01:48 PM

I have no idea how I missed this one.  This is absolutely beautiful and a little sad.  He was very lucky to have a friend like you.  A wonderful tribute Jan.

My vote for sure!!!!!!!


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
19 posted 2000-07-14 07:29 PM

Big heavy sigh ... wonderful Janet Marie, simply stunning! click, click, click  
shadow of poetry
since 2000-07-22
Posts 76
midwest usa
20 posted 2000-07-24 01:31 PM

this is amazing to me still
everytime i read it i see more
the love you two shared was a miracle
and i am forver better for having witnessed
it and his light
I now see that light in your poetry
and your eyes

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
21 posted 2000-07-25 02:40 PM

Gosh Janet I'm glad I caught all of these poems before they disappeared because I might not have searched after them..
I remember this one and it's even a little better the second time around...GMV..ethome..

Mark Bohannan
Member Rara Avis
since 2000-06-21
Posts 7269
In the winds of Cherokee song
22 posted 2000-07-25 06:30 PM

Such a beautiful love and your heart really shows in this one.  What I wouldn't give............   voted yes.
Geoffrey Sonnen
since 2000-07-05
Posts 142
Reading, PA USA
23 posted 2000-07-27 07:03 PM

Goodness Janet, I am at a loss for words, and believe me, that says a lot. More than touching, it cries Truth and yearning and you know, I totally empathize.

Peace,  Geoffrey

Heather Miller
since 2000-07-19
Posts 409
Bryan, Ohio USA
24 posted 2000-07-27 07:13 PM

You got my vote.
This was so touching and beautiful, if you dont mind i would like to send this to someone that it aplys to.  

With God all things are possible.

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

25 posted 2000-08-06 01:02 PM

Heather Im honored you wish to share it...
thank you....
take care sweet poets


There are places inside our souls -
that have never been touched.
There are places inside our hearts -
that need to be loved this much.

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since 2000-04-22
Posts 1014

26 posted 2000-08-07 10:18 PM

Very nice!
My vote is in

Dark Angel
Member Patricius
since 1999-08-04
Posts 10095

27 posted 2000-08-08 06:27 PM

Oh Absolutley beautiful Janet Marie :

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since 1999-06-22
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TEXAS (it's all big)
28 posted 2000-08-08 06:40 PM

Lone Wolf
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since 2000-03-16
Posts 5842
Lansing, MI USA
29 posted 2000-08-09 12:15 PM


You have my vote!!  This was simply lovely my friend.  


Poetry should surprise by fine should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts and appear almost a remembrance. -J.Keats

Janet Marie
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since 2000-01-22
Posts 18554

30 posted 2000-11-13 12:44 PM

adding to file  

[This message has been edited by Janet Marie (edited 11-13-2000).]

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