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Posted: 31-Dec-2004, 05:22 AM
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I wrote this as a Christmas gift for a dear friend of mine. Being that it is specific to an individual, I was curious how it came across to the casual reader. Let me know.

At the End of the Day

At the end of the day
Capricious sunset breezes
Dry the sweat from the boy
As Color, its palate extravagant, saturates the western sky

Supper made late from haymaking
Wafts aromas comforting and alluring
Bread was made that day
And the boy?s stomach tightens

Parents, columns of security, stand arms intertwined
Surveying their brood in the waning light of day
And the boy knows he is safe
Secure in the bonds of family

As the years pass, the boy lies under the stars
Outside of the circle
And wonders who he will be
When he is no longer one of two

For he had come to know
He wouldn?t stay
That he would be the first
To leave the realm of those who came before

The man remembers the boy
Who gazed upon the stars and wondered who they were
For he had seen the celestial lights on the other side of the world,
And questioned a life as inverted as the stars.

The man,
Far removed in space and understanding,
Thinks back to Home
And his heart fills with longing

Wintry Sunday afternoons,
Maternally soothed with soft, thick sugar cookies
Fortified with mugs of bracing workman?s tea
Until warmth could be felt again in earthy bovine abodes

No one any longer knew of the boy
In no face did he see the shadow of himself
No one any longer saw him as one of a pair
At times he forgot as well

The curse of manhood was the fear
He had lost the way to all that was dear
The blessing of the boy was the certainty that
Home such as he knew could never be lost

Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like inside somebody else's skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.
- Frederick Buechner

If society prospers at the expense of the intangibles,
how can it be called progress?

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Posted: 02-Jan-2005, 08:52 AM
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If it isn't a limmerick I usually don't understand it, but I understood this to be a comment on a man being connected to all things good through his childhood and family?

I liked it.

Steve Ewing

I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. Job 19:25

"Non sibi sed patriae!"

Reviresco (I grow strong again)
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(descendants of Baron William Ewing of Glasgow, born about 1630)

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." Abraham Lincoln

"Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum." from "Epitoma Rei Militaris," by Vegetius

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Posted: 02-Jan-2005, 05:52 PM
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That was really interesting Elspeth. I liked it as well. For being written for a specific person it comes across very well to the casual reader, I think. Thank you for sharing!


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Posted: 06-Jan-2005, 10:58 PM
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Thank you for sharing that great poem Elspeth! We have so many talented people in this forum WOW! thumbs_up.gif
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