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Member Rara Avis
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Purgatorial Incarceration

0 posted 2000-06-18 04:20 AM

Into Every Life...

She looks into air, herself falling rain
Dripping coldness past mem'ries of old pain.

Drops fall, the puddling her damp water-life.
Spiraling mirror of self-lonely strife.

A sigh, one frown, crying soft saddened tears.
Storms of remember - through bleak yesteryear.

Clouds a-whirl, dark sky sheltering fair heart.
But how can she joy, while taking no part?

Cov’ring cold soul, corona of defense.
Defying the stab of her fate’s intents.

“This is madness,” she thinks in plaintive cry.
“I’m here, on the cusp, of lay down and die.

What my destiny, but an empty-off dream?
A plaything with which gods and angels scheme.

Am I doomed then to live, time never-free?
Subsumed wholly ‘neath life’s scattered debris?

Is justice outside this torrential doubt?
Perhaps more than sorrow, painful fall-out?

Is love, perhaps, just a sliver of sun?
Shining through mists, revealing Avalon?

Personal paradise, which I can own,
Evoking happiness, hither unknown?”

She raises from streets of lonely no more.
Light slicing through darkness, hopes washed ashore.

Her withered gait now straightening with pride.
She glides like an angel ‘cross future’s tide.

Belief in life renewed, no, only found.
Footsteps echoing, a cadence of sound.

Caressing the ground, sing the beat of her heart.
Into the sun seeking love’s brand new start.

© Copyright 2000 C.G. Ward - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 2000-06-18 05:32 AM you really "weren't" joking about my closet!  

Seriously, my friend, this is a lovely, bittersweet vignette. Not a "renewal" but a first completely beautiful...

~ Claire

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

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Floating gently on a cloud....
2 posted 2000-06-18 06:18 AM

*vote*!!!! This is lovely!

Love and hugs,

"Poetry is the true expression of my soul, it is my ultimate means of communication. It is my rainbow of delight."

Kit McCallum
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3 posted 2000-06-18 09:33 AM

Beautiful Christopher ... you've woven your images and words together with such finesse in this poem, incredibly lovely work!

Best wishes,

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4 posted 2000-06-18 10:06 AM

Great job on this piece Christopher....


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

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5 posted 2000-06-18 11:12 AM

Wow Christopher that was beautiful1!!  I can almost relate to her!!  I loved it!!  But, then again I have quite enjoyed your writing in the past!!


"Creation of woman from the rib of Man: She was not made from his head to top him; nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him; but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be loved." -Unknown

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Member Seraphic
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with you
6 posted 2000-06-18 11:15 AM

Christopher~ This is so beautiful..... -SEA
Poet deVine
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7 posted 2000-06-18 11:42 AM

Amazing Chris. How do you do it all the time?    
Dusk Treader
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8 posted 2000-06-18 02:27 PM

Great poem Chris, quite beautiful.   You must have slipped this one by me

Abrahm Simons

"Keep on dreamin' boy 'cause when you stop dreaming it's time to die" - Blind Melon

serenity blaze
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9 posted 2000-06-18 10:38 PM

  hmmm....  methinks I have been officially subsumed...

Loved this, this a repost?  (BG)
Big Grin, or Bad decide...bwahaha

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10 posted 2000-06-18 11:03 PM

Well, I don't know how you picked just one from your stash, but this is definately a good choice!

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11 posted 2000-06-19 02:29 AM

Chris, This is great!
As you know I love happy endings!
This gets my vote, not only for the happy ending
but for the way in which your poem is written and it
flows so smoothly!
Well Done Sir!  


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Member Rara Avis
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12 posted 2000-06-19 02:38 AM

This is worth it for "Storms of remember." It reminds me of something Smashing Pumpkins would write -- believe it or not, I mean that as a compliment   (uh oh, I'm picking up a SEAism)


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with you
13 posted 2000-06-19 02:40 AM

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14 posted 2000-06-19 08:32 AM

Chris you've captured me with this one. I've missed so much of your fine work lately. (shame on me)  I love the ending in this, so full of hope! I applaud your talent. You can bring the story across so vividly with your pen my friend  
Jon Mewett
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15 posted 2000-06-19 09:38 AM

A mighty pen indeed.


Janet Marie
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16 posted 2000-06-19 12:43 PM

amazing emotional imagery in this
very  very cool
and a perfect choice to reflect your
strong stlye of writing...
and as always...that perfect presentation

Sudhir Iyer
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17 posted 2000-06-19 01:13 PM

you have have your way with words, and you have a way of presenting your words.

This makes is doubly interesting to read...
Each one I read from you is a treat worth enjoying...

Regards, sudhir

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18 posted 2000-06-20 01:17 AM

This poem so needs to be in the book.

X Angel
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19 posted 2000-06-20 01:25 AM

I am sat here *dazed* wondering how the heck I missed this poem. Well I got it now, I love this Chris. Wonderful submission.


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20 posted 2000-06-20 10:46 AM

A powerful piece~ No one can decide for you
when it is time to move on or that you've
had enough, only YOU can do that for
yourself.From despair to hope a journey that
is the hardest one of all because it's one
that you have to make alone.  A weave from
the heart that touched mine~

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21 posted 2000-06-20 11:04 AM

great poem.  really touching and inspiring.  needs to be in book

P. J. Kotrch
carpe diem
A soul once touched is a soul once blessed by love

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22 posted 2000-06-21 07:47 AM

way blew me away yuh
linda munday
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23 posted 2000-06-21 08:17 AM

LOOOOOVED IT!  Hey did you hear me?  I loved it.  Gotta go read more of yours.  Tell me how to vote (cause I don't yet know) and I will vote for this one. Email me if you want.  Linda M.

Member Rara Avis
since 1999-08-02
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Purgatorial Incarceration
24 posted 2000-06-21 04:59 PM

I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to reply to this repost! I did have a hard time deciding what to submit, only because I wanted to try and present something that was worthy of being placed with the rest of the incredible poetry that will be in the book! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!


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25 posted 2000-06-21 05:35 PM

Beautiful !  
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26 posted 2000-06-21 05:42 PM

Believe me when I say, Chris, this is more than worthy. It's essential. Count me in...

Impotence is Nature's way of saying "no hard feelings".

Member Rara Avis
since 1999-07-17
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27 posted 2000-06-21 06:43 PM

Wow....exquisite comes to mind.

This is so light - and I appreciate the way you have concealed sorrow and heavy pain through lightness - it is an excellent blend...

ye got me vote


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28 posted 2000-06-21 07:07 PM

And mine  
Beautiful Christopher!

My grief lies onward and my joy behind

Dark Angel
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29 posted 2000-06-21 07:09 PM

ooops sobby  

My grief lies onward and my joy behind

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30 posted 2000-06-21 07:12 PM

I loved it. It was so beautiful. Count me in too  .


"If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility."
~Henry W

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31 posted 2000-06-22 02:18 AM

Beautiful words've got the process marked to a "T"...pain, realization, and healing...breathtaking m'friend!!!

Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...

Marge Tindal
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32 posted 2000-06-22 06:42 AM

You've chosen a beauty to include.
Your talent is shining, my friend.

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

Member Rara Avis
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Purgatorial Incarceration
33 posted 2000-06-26 08:38 AM


Thank you once again everyone!


-Bal: Wow again.  

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34 posted 2000-07-03 03:48 PM

Hi Chris,

This is wonderful so much enjoyed,


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35 posted 2000-07-03 04:02 PM

Not sure how I missed this piece but I am glad that I found it! It is amazing how your mind works my friend. The first finding of hope through the pain. It made me realize how hope is a state of mind and an out look on life instead of something that just is there. We have a choice to let ourselves live in the darkness of pain (which is easly found in this world) or in the glorious rays of hope.

Wondeful my friend.  

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36 posted 2000-07-03 05:35 PM

Finesse! That's the word I was struggling for! Thanks Kit! This is incredible Christopher! Well done!


Member Rara Avis
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37 posted 2000-07-04 12:49 PM

"Finesse" works for me!!!

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38 posted 2000-07-06 03:17 AM

Chris, I swear that some of this you reached right into my heart and soul and pulled these lines out!
The more I read this, the more I think it's one of my favorites.  


Member Seraphic
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39 posted 2000-07-06 07:00 AM

Ya see, Christopher - Everyone has to be hanging out here in VOTW... to vote for your poetry...
Member Patricius
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Glen Hope, PA USA
40 posted 2000-07-06 09:02 AM

I don't remember reading this one before...very nice my friend  

To love means never to be afraid of the windstorms of life: should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings. ~Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Member Rara Avis
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Purgatorial Incarceration
41 posted 2000-08-03 11:13 AM

Hey Ruth... I guess you have been around... I must just be blind!  
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