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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 2000-06-18 11:25 AM

The Secret Letter

Among the cobwebbed attic treasures
The memories of yesteryear
Books and pictures, notes well weathered
Some brought laughter, some brought tears

She rummaged  through the souvenirs
For hours and hours in reminisce
Childhood friends and high school proms
Her first real date, her first real kiss

Then she stumbled on a box
Of keepsakes from her mother’s day
Little secret well-kept treasures
Opened now to light of day

She read the letters from her father
Words of love that brought her tears
She walked back through her mother’s youth
Recapturing the long lost years

One more letter left unopened
At the bottom of the box
She sat and stared at it in wonder
Brushing back her golden locks

Dare she read the secret letter
From her mother’s unknown youth
This box of treasures kindly quenching
Thirst for knowledge of the truth

She tore the envelope wide open
Pulled the letter from inside
And in the musty attic air
She read it slowly as she cried

It was a letter full of love
Not written in her father’s hand
Addressed “Dear Rosebud” at the top
A letter from another man

It told of his undying love
And promised her that he would be
Beside her always in this life
And ever through eternity

The letter was unsigned of course
And barely finished in its haste
The ink was stained with teardrops
Of a love that now had gone to waste

She’d had a vision of her mother
Only seen in photographs
And always looking like an angel
Full of love and joyful laughs

And now the vision had been shattered
Now the truth had been exposed
A letter to a "Rosebud"
And her mother was the lovely rose

She took the letter to her father
And through her tears revealed the truth
Her mother had another love
The mother that she never knew

Her father tearfully then nodded
Trembling as he read the page
He said sometimes the written word
Reveals the truth from age to age

He held her tight and said these words
This secret I already knew
This letter’s in your mother’s hand
The Rosebud, darling, it was you

Elizabeth Santos

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1 posted 2000-06-18 11:28 AM

Perfection. Any poem that moves me as this one did deserves to be in the book.  
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2 posted 2000-06-18 11:41 AM

Elizabeth~ I was moved to tears.... I can't tell you how this touched me. I can't vote enough.......   -SEA
Sudhir Iyer
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3 posted 2000-06-18 12:15 PM

Moving and many of your poems...doesn't get any better than this one...

Really enjoyed it... has to be a part of the book for sure...

Regards, sudhir

JOY 14
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4 posted 2000-06-18 01:07 PM

I agree with all.  I loved this poem, Elizabeth!


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5 posted 2000-06-18 01:39 PM

Damn.  This one made me tear up, and that is not an easy thing to do...

Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.

"Everything is your own damn fault, if you are any good." E. Hemmingway

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6 posted 2000-06-18 04:17 PM

dang ya got me crying.
this was incredibly sweet, especially because my Mother and I aren't close at all.
Beautiful beautiful words my dear

ellie LeJeune
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7 posted 2000-06-18 05:06 PM

Liz; I have chills and I'm so touched. Definitly your best ever. Can't wait to see it in the book. love, Ellie
Kit McCallum
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8 posted 2000-06-18 06:15 PM

Oh Elizabeth ... I keep saying "this one's my favorite" with you ... but it's true each time!  I absolutely adored this!

Best wishes,

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9 posted 2000-06-18 06:20 PM

Liz, this touched me as deeply as it did the first time I read it. You have my vote!

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -Oscar Wilde

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10 posted 2000-06-18 10:59 PM

Definately the kind of stuff this book should be made of girl!  I'm sniffling too - I loved the twist, really made this one special.  

"Fantasies enrich our lives to the fullest, but true satisfaction comes from creating your own story in the real world! Live out your fantasies & make a storybook with beautiful pictures for the world to enjoy! -poetFemme

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11 posted 2000-06-19 02:52 AM

This is perfect. *vote*. What a touching and beautiful poem. I love it.

Love and hugs,

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

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12 posted 2000-06-19 09:23 AM

Elizabeth - Ditto all of the responses previous to this, so wonderfully touching.  Bonnie
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13 posted 2000-06-19 09:31 AM

Just wonderful.


Janet Marie
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14 posted 2000-06-19 12:38 PM

How you could ever choose between all your masterpieces is beyond me... but this one is a perfect reflection of your amazing gift

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15 posted 2000-06-20 03:16 PM

I have been looking for this---absolutely one of my all-time favorites---was hoping you'd post this....
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16 posted 2000-06-20 11:05 PM

This has to be my most favorite of yours, Elizabeth, without a doubt!  


Yu Lan
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17 posted 2000-06-21 12:07 PM

beautiful.. such a magical poem.

Loved this work Elizabeth, just fantastic.. yep, well worth publishing! ^_^


"He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened." Lao-tsu

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18 posted 2000-06-21 12:24 PM

You had me even before the end

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19 posted 2000-06-21 12:29 PM

i remember this one it gave me goosebumps and it still does yuh
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20 posted 2000-06-21 02:28 AM

Sure, it's sentimental, but I never would have guessed the ending -- and you tempered the sentimental side with lovely details and wisdom. So I'll forgive you.   Definitely should be in the book.


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21 posted 2000-06-21 03:40 AM

I got goes round three of my goosebumps.  It was fantastic.  Moist eyes and heartfelt gratitude to you for this.
What can I say.... WOW WOW WOW

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22 posted 2000-06-21 03:48 AM

yes, yes--- Put this one in the book and make it the very first one there-- this is Fantastic, Liz
  I'm glad you submitted it,  David

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23 posted 2000-06-21 09:35 PM

so so wonnderful.  one of your best.  

luv Elyse

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24 posted 2000-06-21 09:45 PM

Ka-Ching! Vote's in  
Elizabeth Santos
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25 posted 2000-06-21 11:10 PM

Thank you all so very much for your wonderful responses to this poem.  You warm my heart

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26 posted 2000-06-21 11:14 PM

Hi Liz,

You can write girl so beautifully so much enjoyed.

Love,  Cerenity

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27 posted 2000-06-21 11:50 PM

dear elizabeth santos,
     *wipes away a tear* oh my, this poem is so incredibly touching... this absolutely must be in the book... it seems your fans have secured you a spot already, simply wanted to throw my vote in  

a sad tomato

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

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28 posted 2000-06-22 01:40 AM

Liz,  A masterpiece! This one stands alone. It made me tear up and tells a sad but loving story. Wonderful-Heartwrenching-Strong
Dark Angel
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29 posted 2000-06-22 01:45 AM

Oh I remember this one and it gave me goose bumps all over again. Beautiful! You've got my vote.  

My grief lies onward and my joy behind

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30 posted 2000-06-22 03:57 PM

One of my favorites...could that be...I love them all.  
Elizabeth Santos
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31 posted 2000-06-22 09:34 PM

Thank you again, all, for your wonderful remarks. My children here in Calif. are enjoying this forum

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32 posted 2000-06-22 09:35 PM

This is one of the most touching and beautiful poems I have ever read.  I love everything you write, but this is one of my favorites!



Reflect upon your present blessings-of which every man has many-not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. ~Charles Dickens

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~Winston Churchill

Elizabeth Santos
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33 posted 2000-06-23 04:22 PM

Kelley, your remark warms my heart because this is one of my favorites, too, and I thank you for your kind comment and to the many others who responded

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34 posted 2000-06-23 04:55 PM

Yes Yes Yes!  Oh big sigh here, I absolutely love this poem.  I am SO happy to see you submitting it!

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35 posted 2000-06-23 05:15 PM

How could I have missed this one before now? This has to be one of the most beautiful and touching poems I can remember ever. I was really getting into the story until she took the letter to her father. I wondered how she could do that. Then the twist at the end brought a real tear.

Absolutely wonderful dear.

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36 posted 2000-06-23 11:21 PM

A lovely tale told in lyrical language...a more than worthy addition to the book.


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A local habitation and a name ~ Shakespeare

Elizabeth Santos
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37 posted 2000-06-24 02:02 AM

Satiate, Thank you for your nice response

Pete, I'm so glad you liked thisone.Thanks for the comments

Kris, Thanks foryou sweet remarks

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38 posted 2000-06-24 05:23 AM

My god I don't know what to say except this did make me cry...the last line is what did it...beautifully sad Liz
God bless

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

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39 posted 2000-06-24 07:14 AM

simply wonderful poem...
I remain...moved...

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

Elizabeth Santos
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40 posted 2000-06-24 05:53 PM

Tracee, thamk you dear, if it made you cry, it made me happy, Thank you so much

Avanti, Thanks so much for you kind response to this poem


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41 posted 2000-06-24 05:59 PM

Elizabeth Santos~
As much as I love this one -
I want to see you submit my favorite ! !
It's 'Same Time - Next Life' ...
pretty please !
Love ya' gal ...
wish I was in California with you ...
I'd go see Martie (she's my sister of love)
and my sister, Lori ... my sister of birth and love !

I know your family is happy having you and Tony there.
Love ya'

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

Elizabeth Santos
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42 posted 2000-06-24 06:17 PM

OK Marge, I'll have to find it in the passions files since I;m not at my computer.  It will be just for you and Martie
Love ya
(I just think I've sbmitted too many)
But for you----

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43 posted 2000-06-24 08:50 PM

WOW! Love this poem!
I know it will go in the book.
Well it better.
I wrote a poem similar in a way.
All your work is great!
It's got my vote.

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44 posted 2000-06-25 06:07 PM

What a wonderful poem! You write so beautifully, it is always a pleasure reading your works.    
Seymour Tabin
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45 posted 2000-06-25 10:44 PM

You got my vote on this one. LOve Sy

Elizabeth Santos
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46 posted 2000-06-25 11:21 PM

Thank you so much

Tin can,
I appreciate your comments

Sy, I'm glad you finally found this forum. You should be posting here. Thanks for your vote


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47 posted 2000-06-26 09:32 AM

I remember this one, and it still has the same affect on me. This one most definitely belongs in the book  
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48 posted 2000-07-10 10:52 AM



~~~Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
Helen Keller ~~~

When you want to be loved, look within...KRJ

Elizabeth Santos
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49 posted 2000-07-10 03:06 PM

WhtDove, Thank you so much

Sunshine, Thank you for pulling this one out of a dusty attic


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50 posted 2000-07-10 09:53 PM

I traveled a long way to get to the end of this thread! It was worth it, had to tell you how much I enjoyed this one. It just touched me so much.


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51 posted 2000-07-11 12:51 PM

I to am very touched by this poem tears came to my eyes so loving and very much felt, I have three lovely daughters of my own.
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52 posted 2000-07-11 12:52 PM

oh forgot to vote, and this one well deserves to be in book.
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53 posted 2000-07-12 06:56 AM

Liz. It's a sorrowful poem.. I just don't know what to say, I am so touched by the person who wrote the letter. he'd paid the ultimate price for dreaming. and i am sure she must have been someone who's worth to be loved.. true love needs no return and the man had proved this.. Thank you for teaching me this.. liz... I love all the poems you wrote.. and will vote for them all.. &_&

- James
The beauty of nature is displayed,
not through itself,
but through the creatures
dwelling within its bosom.

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54 posted 2000-07-12 12:59 PM

Yes, I cried too. Absolutely beautiful. I know that yearning. My definite vote !
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55 posted 2000-07-12 06:05 PM


must have been blind to miss this ... immaculately emotional ..... you are a master at this ... should that be mistress? ... lol  

it was wonderful


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56 posted 2000-07-12 06:49 PM

I'm just going to be another person to tell you how this brought tears to my eyes. So very touching... I wish I knew my mother too.
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57 posted 2000-07-13 10:22 PM

This read like a story that I couldn't put down! Nice surprise ending, very touching!

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58 posted 2003-01-16 02:43 AM

And this has to be re-read by another generation of poets at Passions, please re-post this one.

~ The soul lies buried in ink that does not flow ~

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