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Gossamer wings over sunlight



Deep breath to fly away



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surrounded by you

pushing out old sins


peering between the curtains


finding comfort


tentative touch of the same mind


fire racing


ashes drifting downward


feeling beauty


slow consummation


eye catches eye


molasses memories


returning to sanctuary


surrounded by you



3/14/2002 (cb)



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there are fire thoughts to interpret


orange flames that consume all


the hourglass entices but mercy is not shown


time is the enemy


U R stronger than the Shadows


many questions but only one answer is offered


it touches the sky but not your heart


U seek, U touch, U feel, U R, U become, URself


careful with words for they can hurt


fingertips make their goodbye


gently on your cheek


finite contact


and


gone forever



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hands touch


eyes touch


words touch


and then we parted



in that moment


the future stretches back


to you…


to me



a new force is felt


one that changes


washing away old walls



crisp definition


new strength


release of tension



letting go


then repression of feelings



finding and sharing respect


no more hiding



singing to the world


finding your true self



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birth right


we stand between birth and death,

facing the future that is ours


touching the edge of other peoples lives,

and caressing those that we love


sometimes laughing,

sometimes crying,

sometimes hurting


but we go on...

with our birth right of hope,

and the will to experience

all that is ours


we make our painful goodbyes with tears


never to forget the ones that love us,

never to leave behind our heritage,

never to show our full feelings


time heals our wounds...

time allows us to live again…


in the comfort of our loved ones and friends



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turning over to face the day


eyes open to see your love


warmth from within


fingers stroking your softness


lips touch lips in tenderness


hands touch hands in silence


giving yourself to passion


finding the lost feelings


roaring from deep inside


then sleep in the arms


of blissful sharing


as one more day


spent together



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You are

A happy person

With an inner beauty that lights the world of your friends

Consumed by an unhappy situation 

Beyond your control

It now controls you

Seeds of misplaced shame burn inside you

Lava eruptions do not release the pain

Happiness and peace is your right

But your glow is now dimmed

You search for answers 

But the proper questions aren’t known

This problem swirls constantly as a veil above you

Diaphanous and silent misery

Swirling then draping over your tense body

Exercise releases the sweat but not the hurt

You hold it tightly, grasped, wound tighter and tighter

Till it explodes and shatters your fragile façade

You said that none of us are perfect

And that is so true

But we are not required to pay so dearly for the sins and weaknesses of others

You can help but we can’t always cure

Reach deep into your many years of sharing love

Find the strength to do what must be done

To find the right questions

To save all that is important to you

Your life, love and future is worth it 


These words can be your lifeline

 


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the flower



childhood garden scents remembered


tradition in daily lessons


private voices, strong with future


obedience to age and wisdom


now a flower slowly opening


daily strength, quickly nurtured


warmth from the heart


given to all



lips move in slow motion


expressing concern and caring


exposing feelings from within



evaporating dragon tears


petals gently falling


in a wistful goodbye


colors fade away



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treasuring that moment


the flame burns through


dropping down the well


lost time forever gone


bright penny, lucky day


retreating stars away



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chimes for the future


drums from the past


mist holding water


life moving fast



moss bearded branches


into the fire cast


stones protecting secrets


find a love to last



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I


I know something about you


I know your inner voice


I hear what it tells you


I feel what it feels


I touch where it touches


I am what it is


I am your voice


I am


I



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standing there


words, awkward words


connected but afraid


speechless


thoughts in unison


but forbidden


innocent compromise


will suffice



for now



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wide eyes

open mouth


tongue touch teeth

breathy whisper


long caress

silent moan


tongue deep

shivers on shivers


lost perception

moist immersion


soft surrender

melting boundaries


lose physical self

I touch you


and release your soul



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think of me now and then



give me your secret smile…


a soft touch from nowhere 


says – I am here



a whirlwind


as I fly away



most memories fade


but one electric moment


stays with you to visit


when you 


think of me now and then



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mutual overlapping needs


building not destroying


do not be so quick to bite


careful steps lead to fulfillment


discourse must be banished


with effort placed on maintaining harmony


when given space the roots can grow


emotional needs take time


but the feeling of independence remains


karma is circular


you will receive what you give



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we talked about private things

that friends find the need to say


and nodding in agreement

we covered our common ground


then drifting to our secret needs

and the importance of our given time


all laid upon the table bare

our lives up to this point


these are the things that we live for

the focus is so well spent


but we both are missing something

the reminders are evident


I search your words for hidden meaning

in those thoughts that try to escape


I touch an outer layer of your life

and share a moments taste



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the future is the edge you walk on


bright sunshine to your right


dreary darkness on the left


you try to balance but are pulled apart


by those on the left


by those on the right



look inside the people around you


feel their good and bad


choose the people around you


don't allow the ones that hide



then walk in the sunshine


with purposeful strides


while sharing your light


with your friends



pon for YFJ 10/3/2002



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in the worlds above and below us...


are the gardens we glimpse in our dreams



refuge from all that's around us...


quiet paths leads to the unseen



beneath billowing clouds that protect us...


by deep water flowing in streams



is the love that completely surrounds us...


by this sun with its radiant beams



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