mamoore

mamoore
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At my best, I try to be a voice for children. At my very best, I help them find their own voice. ************************************ We don't accomplish anything in this world alone...and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something. - Sandra Day O'Connor * ************************************

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MAY 3, 2010 11:36AM

When I say "I'll keep you in my thoughts..."

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 When I say “I’ll keep you in my thoughts…”

 

I mean that when I'm driving alone in the car

And a song comes on that makes me pause

That says the things that I could not

I will replay the words over and over in my mind

And wonder if they could possibly bring you any comfort.

 

 

When I say “I’ll keep you in my thoughts…”

 

I mean that when I am raking away the winter leaves

That spent months frozen to the ground

And I discover a small green shoot that miraculously survived

I will gently pat its roots more firmly into the soil

And know that beating the odds is real.

 

 

When I say “I’ll keep you in my thoughts…”

 

I mean that when I sit down with my family

And they challenge all my strengths

Or I endure another round of the same old battles

With the one I trust to keep my world safe

I will be a different kind of grateful for my day.

 

 

When I say “I’ll keep you in my thoughts…”

 

I mean that as I take my first trip of the spring

To see how the dunes have changed with the winter winds

I begin to understand that life shifts no matter how many fences we build

And the best we can do is stand strong together

Hold hands and face the wind.

 

 

When I say “I’ll keep you in my thoughts…”

 

I mean that when it is dark and silent

And everyone else is finally asleep

I am once again left alone to wonder what I believe in

And realize that in the end it doesn’t really matter what

It just matters that I believe.

 

 

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I mean that as I take my first trip of the spring
To see how the dunes have changed with the winter winds
I begin to understand that life shifts no matter how many fences we build
And the best we can do is stand strong together
Hold hands and face the wind.


My favorite section, I must admit.

And yes, you're absolutely right - it just matters that we believe.

Rated. :-D
Amen. Well said. Beautiful and true - so very true.
Indeed. You do know what matters, and have said it beautifully.
"I will be a different kind of grateful for my day."

how I love this line. What a wonderful poem.
So very lovely, Melissa. Thank you.
So very lovely._r
You are one of the kindest and most generous people I have ever known. I love your inner poet ~so giving and so selfless ... your children are so blessed and so are we. Your gifts are many and your spirit strong. I am so happy to call you friend.
Wow. Just lovely, poignant and flows beautifully. I will re-read. Just Wow.
This speaks so eloquently to me. "... life shifts no matter how many fences we build/ And the best we can do is stand strong together/ Hold hands and face the wind." Thank you for this.
Bill- thanks, it's my favorite part, too. Probably because I spend so much time watching the dunes change. I am coming to believe that the desire to believe is, for me anyway, more important than being able to define the "what".

Owl- So good to hear your voice, I've been busy working and haven't had much time to be here or anywhere else.

Fishing Fool - Thanks.

Eva- I appreciate your confidence in me! I wrote this because I often feel at a loss for words in the face of someone's struggle but their stories always hang with me.

Chuck - Sounds like you are a different kind of grateful these days, too!

Mary- Thanks.

Joan - And thanks to you, too!

Ann - Aw. Sweet. Even though you dissed mayo this morning, I still love you! It's funny how I don't ever start out thinking I'll write a poem but every once in awhile that's just what seems to make sense.

Rita - I'm thrilled that you liked it enough to read again!
This is lovely. I will come back and read again from home where I can truly appreciate...
This is so beautiful and the words portrayed don't surprise me at all. I think anyone that counts you as "friend" is most fortunate. This is a wonderful description of what you mean when you say you will keep someone in your thoughts.
Beautifully and breathe taking. I was going to pick out a favorite phrase, but it was hard to pick the best one, because they are the best, and very heartfelt.. Thank you
sometimes our own thoughts are all we have. sometimes we can't share them, or say them, or hold them to the light. but you wrote them, and that helps.
For a variety of reasons (including exquisite writing) this made me cry. It doesn't really matter what we believe, but it sure matters that we do.
this is beautiful in all the right ways.
This entire poem flows through me - its essence is timeless. How beautiful to know how you ponder.
beautiful. these words ring particularly true for me today.
Melissa,
What lovely and sincere poetry. Thank you for posting it.
V
XOXOXO
Oh, wow. My problem is I am running out of superlatives to use about work as beautiful and meaningul as this. Beautiful, just beautiful.
Lezlie
And I believe you write so beautifully ... always sincere and heartfelt. Lovely!


~R~
I loved all of this. R
So chilling and so beautiful.
Love the gentleness. And this especially:

"I mean that as I take my first trip of the spring
To see how the dunes have changed with the winter winds
I begin to understand that life shifts no matter how many fences we build
And the best we can do is stand strong together
Hold hands and face the wind."
This has made my visit to OS totally worth it. I loved this. Loved it.
Amen to it all, especially the small green shoot and this:
I am once again left alone to wonder what I believe in

And realize that in the end it doesn’t really matter what

It just matters that I believe.
Melissa,
This is beautifully and powerfully written. It is so emotive and yet with such an economy of words. It reflects things mediated upon long and lovingly.

This is one for my desktop: "I will gently pat its roots more firmly into the soil. And know that beating the odds is real."

Such writing makes us all long to hold hands and face the wind. Thank you for this piece—very much.
Rated and appreciated.
wow- thank you all for taking the time to read this!

anna1liese- It amazing how the sand moves with the wind and even though the fences slow its flow they never really hold it back.

blue- thanks. that beach is great for swimsuits in the summer!

psyche - I'm glad you liked it. I think of your writing often.

mary- It's when I am at a loss for words that all I can do is think about what I wish I could say! Glad to count you as a friend, too.

fireyes - I appreciate that, thanks a lot.

dianaani- It helped me to write them out, it's comforting to know that other people understood what I was trying to say.

Ann - I have struggle for so long trying to figure out the "what" -like I was missing out on something if I couldn't clarify my belief. It is so much easier just to have faith in the idea of belief, if that makes sense.
beautiful poem and gorgeous picture. dunes are a personal favorite.
lorianne- thank you., I'm glad you think so.

Sparking - When I read so many of your posts, "I'll keep you in my thoughts" is the most profound thing I can think of to say.

lemonpulp- If you needed them, I'm happy you found them!

V- well thank you, my pleasure.

Lezlie- beautiful works for me. thanks.

Kate- I appreciate that!

Natalie- thank you, too.

Karin - That water is most certainly chilling right now - my husband actually went swimming in it last weekend. (though I know that wasn't the kind of chilling you meant)

Lea- I am sure you've probably felt that phrase many times in your life. When I think of you, I also like to think of that little green shoot!

Grif- That makes me smile!

Harriet - I keep the image of that little green shoot close to my heart.

mLee- thank you.

Dennis- Add that little green shoot to your stash of birthday gifts, from me to you with lots of love and hope.

jane- It's amazing how much these people stay in our thoughts, isn't it.

femme - I have lived on the dunes of Lake Michigan for 5 years now and the sand has definitely crept into my blood stream!
I loved this! Every line was perfect!
I have been feeling this way too but would never have put the words together so beautifully.
Well done.
Thanks Ladyfarmer - I'm fighting the urge to shift things around a bit, rearrange some of the words, but if you guys like it the way it is I guess I'll call it done.
Very meaningful to me. R.
Sheila - I'm glad that you found something you needed in it. Thanks for letting me know, that means a lot.
Just lovely. I was afraid of clicking on it at first...so glad I did, because it is beautiful and comforting.
aim- I hope I never post anything that would make you afraid -maybe afraid it was bad news? Anyway, glad you came, and glad you liked it. I have been busy at work and not able to join in the chatter around here much so keeping you all in my thoughts is what I can do most days!
Just beautiful! Thank you for this.
This is perfectly lovely!
This resonates with me. Gee, I wonder why? Nice writing. R.

"I mean that when I sit down with my family
And they challenge all my strengths
Or I endure another round of the same old battles
With the one I trust to keep my world safe
I will be a different kind of grateful for my day."
It is the believing that matters is't it? Beautiful.