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Member Patricius
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Glen Hope, PA USA

0 posted 2003-04-03 01:02 PM

A decade passed does not erase
The mem’ry of your angel’s face
The scent of lotion on your skin
The longing I feel deep within

Nor does the passing of ten years
Dull newborn cries or soothe my tears
Or mar the picture froze in time
Of coal black hair and hand in mine

I lost you on that Christmas eve
The child I tried hard to conceive
I held you as you fought so brave
Then buried you in silent grave

Ten years, my gift, each passing Yule
A barren womb, though heart lies full

© Copyright 2003 Ruth Kephart - All Rights Reserved
since 2003-01-05
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Australia (South Gippsland)
1 posted 2003-04-03 01:36 PM

It will ever be thus! This is a poignant and well written piece. It has my vote

God bless and keep you, Namaste!

serenity blaze
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2 posted 2003-04-03 01:48 PM

oh heart is with you.
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Member Rara Avis
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Washington State
3 posted 2003-04-03 01:49 PM

Oh, I know you can never forget.  I too have lost a child.  Love, Joyce
Member Patricius
since 1999-07-05
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Glen Hope, PA USA
4 posted 2003-04-03 02:06 PM

As always, I should post these poems with a warning that they do not stem from my own personal experiences but rather those of people close to me and patients I have cared for through the years. Thank you for your comments and to those who recognize these feelings as thoughs of their own, my heart goes out to you.
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Realms of Light
5 posted 2003-04-03 02:08 PM

Your words be not barren. They are full of the meaning of life ~ tho' it be so fleeting at times...

Healing hugs,

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lost in blue pages
6 posted 2003-04-03 02:17 PM

Thank you for sharing your caring heart and thoughts.


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Texas, USA
7 posted 2003-04-03 03:22 PM

That one aches all the way through it. Thanks for sharing.

Nan (Pilgrim variety)

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8 posted 2003-04-03 04:14 PM

So sad a gift so new, taken back so heart goes out to you with knowing the ache.  
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9 posted 2003-04-03 06:34 PM

(tears fall down my cheeks) Oh Ruth, this is so very sad but well-written, dearest friend, though I am glad that this isn't based on your own personal experience it is still a common tragedy and my heart cries out to all the mothers who have to cope with losses too early! (BIG HUGGGSSSSSSS) I send extra special angel hugs your way for being such an angelic and compassionate friend, God Bless You, we all love you so much! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet Ruth, thank you for sharing!

May love and light always shine upon you!

Noah Eaton

"Underneath your clothes there's an endless story..."


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Canada eh.
10 posted 2003-04-03 06:41 PM

Extremely well written...get my vote!

~Somewhere in my heart I'm always
dancing with you in the summer rain~

Janet Marie
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11 posted 2003-04-03 07:06 PM

I remember this one well poetess Ruthie..
a must for the book.

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since 1999-05-25
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Loomis, CA
12 posted 2003-04-03 09:51 PM

How could I not vote for this?  It's great.

Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.
Nil Desperandum, Fata viem invenient

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13 posted 2003-04-03 11:01 PM

I can't imagine the pain in your aching heart. But such an excellent write of grief so personal and deep.

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

Bill Charles
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highways, & byways, for now
14 posted 2003-04-04 12:54 PM

hoot_owl_rn - I felt some rain drops on my face when I read this, seems they got into my eyes somehow and came out. Peace be with you... Voted for this...


Dark Angel
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15 posted 2003-04-04 09:32 PM

This definately belongs in the thoughts are with you Ruth.
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California Beaches
16 posted 2003-04-04 09:34 PM

Sad and beautiful at the same time.
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17 posted 2003-04-04 09:44 PM

A barren womb, though heart lies full

how bittersweet

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California Desert
18 posted 2003-04-04 11:36 PM

Certainly deserving of all votes. Very touching.
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19 posted 2003-04-05 08:06 AM

These moments never pass from us, regardless the age of the "child".  Ken J

Through rubble and trouble and dark of night
The yawn of a dawn will hasten the light

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Listening to every heart
20 posted 2003-04-05 08:19 AM


        Karilea - If I whisper, will you listen?...

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Glen Hope, PA
21 posted 2003-04-05 03:37 PM

How could I not vote for this? You always give so much of yourself in your poetry that it amazes me. Yes, your heart certainly is full though you share so willingly with others.
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Somewhere near the Rainbow
22 posted 2003-04-06 11:23 AM

Ruth, this most definately is a poem that shows your overflowing compassionate nature. Great job expressing a pain that so many unfortunately experience in life.

Sometimes we have to follow a stronger voice, even if it's silent.

Member Seraphic
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Cape Cod Massachusetts USA
23 posted 2003-04-06 11:52 AM

One of  my favorites of your works, m'friend...
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24 posted 2003-04-06 09:46 PM

No one can tug at the heartstrings like you, Ruth
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Beneath the northern stars
25 posted 2003-04-06 10:21 PM

You have a big heart to write something like this for another person, Ruth. Very painful and poignant.


Waited on a line of greens and blues, just to be the next to be with you..
~Mr. Big

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26 posted 2003-04-09 09:36 PM

This one pulls on my heartstrings.....You write beautifully and compassionately Ruth!!!!  

"Somewhere, somehow, it should be possible to touch someone and never let go again.  To hold someone, not for a moment but forever." Unknown

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A Mountain Paradise
27 posted 2003-04-09 09:42 PM

Ruth, this poem touches and rips at the heart of every mother who reads it. I am so sorry ...

Hugs for peace, Marti

Member Patricius
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Glen Hope, PA USA
28 posted 2003-04-12 09:27 AM

Thank you everyone for all your comments and support of this piece
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29 posted 2003-04-12 01:46 PM

Time never lessens the memory or the love. Very well expressed, Ruth.
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Florida, USA
30 posted 2003-04-12 08:03 PM

Ruth, this is such a touching poem. you really have a compassionate and loving heart to be able to write like this for someone else. I love to read your poetry.

(I sure did think that I had already voted for this before. Well, I have now.)  

Mark Bohannan
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In the winds of Cherokee song
31 posted 2003-04-13 11:58 AM

I admire anyone who can write of moments like these and not only show the pain and heart in those words, but do it in such a wonderfully composed piece.  I am sure this will touch many who read it as it should.  You have a vote on this for sure.
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32 posted 2003-04-13 05:58 PM

*hugs* to you Ruth.

you have my vote.


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