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Elizabeth Santos
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since 1999-11-08
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0 posted 2000-06-19 03:45 PM

Dear poet, please write me a verse about love
I’ll write of the soft cooing song of a dove
Of warmth and desires of heart’s greatest quest
Of pleasures and joys as life offer’s its best

Please write about sorrow, if you wouldn’t mind
Sorrow is easier yet to define
For it cuts to the innermost fiber and core
And it lingers inside of you there evermore

Can you write about justice, and honor and grace
To me they’re inscribed onto every man’s face
Though they’re not seen by others who haven’t much shame
They are written across every brow just the same

Dear poet, please write me of joy and of bliss
Joy is elusive and easy to miss  
It’s the phantom that creeps into laughter and song
And often not recognized there all along

Will you write me a verse about pain, if you dare
Pain is brought on by a heart unprepared
It will strengthen the spirit and nourish the mind
And turn back into happiness in its due time

Write me a poem about minutes and time
Life is to minutes, as voice is to mime
An artificial device that we somehow embrace
But the day true begins when the sun hits your face

Tell me, dear poet, please write about fear
I raised my eyes slowly and shedding a tear
Said, no words could I imagine, no thought I believe
Can capture the horror that fear can conceive

So I laid down my pen and put paper in fold
And thanked God today I’ve no fear in my soul

Elizabeth Santos  

[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 06-19-2000).]

© Copyright 2000 Elizabeth Santos - All Rights Reserved
Janet Marie
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since 2000-01-22
Posts 18554

1 posted 2000-06-19 04:01 PM


there could NOT be a book
without this amazingly perfect poem...
it is THE poets creed...
Im so glad you submitted it

Sudhir Iyer
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since 2000-04-26
Posts 6943
Mumbai, India : now in Belgium
2 posted 2000-06-19 04:13 PM

Very well, you made an excellent choice and a very wise decision, Liz...

But you have not yet placed this for submission, I see, for I can't vote yet...

please do so...

regards, sudhir...

X Angel
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since 1999-11-07
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3 posted 2000-06-19 06:56 PM

I love this....nuff said!


Janet Marie
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4 posted 2000-06-19 08:48 PM

saw you fixed the post for submission

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with you
5 posted 2000-06-19 10:16 PM

YES!! I wanted to vote for this!! So now I am.   -SEA

Live,Love,Laugh :) ~SueB

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since 2000-03-28
Posts 1369
6 posted 2000-06-20 04:42 AM

Elizabeth this is lovely -- With all the
beautiful poems you write, this had to
be a hard choice for the selection of
the book -- Great choice!

~netswan (of course, I would have said that
about any of your poems -)

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since 1999-07-02
Posts 551
7 posted 2000-06-20 10:25 AM

I loved this, it would be an awesome addition to the book  !


"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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since 1999-10-08
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The Hague, The Netherlands
8 posted 2000-06-20 10:30 AM

Beautiful Elizabeth !
Not A Poet
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since 1999-11-03
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9 posted 2000-06-20 11:20 AM

Lovely, just absolutely lovely.


[This message has been edited by Not A Poet (edited 06-20-2000).]

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since 2000-02-02
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10 posted 2000-06-20 11:48 AM

yep, perfect is the description for this one, voting here!
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11 posted 2000-06-20 08:49 PM

Dear Liz,
I think if they should ever decide to select one poet and make a book, of all the poets on this wonderful menagerie of talent, I would strongly vote for you.  You are so talented, so versitale I have the utmost regard for you and believe that you give us quality every time out-making you, in my estimation to be the perfect poet- to express the poets heart & genius.
  You are a true & rare blessing!

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since 1999-08-22
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12 posted 2000-06-20 10:49 PM

Yep! You are amazing!  


Yu Lan
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since 2000-04-13
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13 posted 2000-06-21 12:10 PM

nice.. ^^ I think i like your "Secret Letter" poem better, but I still like this one! Well done again Liz


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

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14 posted 2000-06-21 01:14 AM

great choice Liz

All my love,

I lie awake in a world filled with dreams,
but dreams can be so real when you don't know you're asleep

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15 posted 2000-06-21 01:41 AM

This is a profanity free zone, so let me just say: HOLY STUFF! Wow... I'm glad I read this.


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16 posted 2000-06-21 09:26 PM

lovely lovely lovely!  

luv Elyse

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17 posted 2000-06-21 09:29 PM

Member Rara Avis
since 1999-07-22
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18 posted 2000-06-21 10:23 PM

Liz, I don't think there is a thing you write that hasn't touched me. You are one hell of a poet!
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since 1999-06-05
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Callington, Cornwall, England
19 posted 2000-06-22 07:40 AM

If only I had the time  


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

ellie LeJeune
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since 2000-01-10
Posts 4156
King of Prussia, PA USA
20 posted 2000-06-22 08:18 AM

oh, Liz, you out do yourself every time! This is exquisite! 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

doreen peri
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since 1999-05-25
Posts 3812
21 posted 2000-07-04 11:47 AM

Liz, this is exquisite!
Absolutely lovely.... looking forward to seeing it in print.

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