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**Ode to a Woman Before Her Time** Forum Award

Post by Tom Watson » Sat Jun 18, 2005 11:01 am

Forum Award Winner: August 28, 2005
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Ode to a Woman Before Her Time
by Tom Watson

In a land far away
A girl was born before her day.
When others were held by quiet demure,
She walked in steps strong and assured.

In a place torn by war,
While most cowered from the abhorred,
Her eyes never flinched from the sights,
As she learned a talent to fight.

Through anger and frustration she fought,
Even when skin on knife and razor were caught,
She still stood on broken leg and ankle, bare boned;
Not ready to quit until she was standing alone.

After a war of immense terror
Life can be rough, and very unfair…
Even though money was plentiful in her family place,
She continued to fight the darkness that crossed her face.

Soon, the enemy became friend and lover;
A comfort, a shelter, peaceful cover
That would remove her from her land of the past,
Taking her to a new world, where she fit in at last.

As a woman of strength born of necessity,
In place of her time and personality,
She would continually grow and thrive,
Using her talents and intelligence to survive.

She was born apart from the norm of her home;
A fighter, lover, friend of many, feared by some,
She carried love openly for the old and the young;
A wife of whom I am proud, with a love holding strong.

Tom
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Post by heinzs » Sat Jun 18, 2005 5:33 pm

Also a loving tribute...

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Post by negatvone » Sat Jun 18, 2005 5:37 pm

:book: Comment when I can get my head together. Remember, we still love you. I'm eternally sorrowed by your loss. Keep your head up. It could be worse, you could be me.

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Post by Tom Watson » Sat Jun 18, 2005 9:01 pm

:mrgreen:
Thanks Heinz and Jim....
Your hearts are truly kind with the warmth of empathetic understanding...but, please do not misconstrue this writing...it was not done in sorrow but with pride in having the time I did with a woman as strong as she was....it was an experience that was important for me to be where I am at this moment...

Jim, if you want to think things are so terrible in your life, then feel free to do so, but woe to the man dying of thirst who continues to deny himself the living water that is always within reach... :cry:

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Post by negatvone » Sat Jun 18, 2005 9:14 pm

I am by no means or sight trying to derive any form of pity. The grass always looks greener and all that. I just hit a rut and commented on a moment of remorse(due to circumstances) I do not want any sympathy. I mean no offense to you, Tom. You know you have my upmost respect. I just have no need for sympathetic gestures or the meaning there of. Your poem just kinda shocked every little negative nerve ending sending me into deep thought. I had a glimpse of the poem "I thought of Her Today" shoot through my mind as I read this. Sorry I was misunderstood.

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Post by Tom Watson » Sat Jun 18, 2005 9:36 pm

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My friend, there was no hand of pity offered,
only a moment of concern for what was heard.
There is enough pity filling the self-pitied,
Enough bottles of sorrow falling away, emptied.
My words are only those of concern,
Prayerful wishes for your heart to learn.

Be good to yourself and your kids...when you are doing one, you automatically do the other...
Thank you for your kind thoughts again...

Tom
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Post by shawn2005 » Sat Jun 18, 2005 10:13 pm

very beautiful and inspiring.

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Post by Eternum 1 » Sat Jun 18, 2005 10:17 pm

Lovely tribute Tom. Your cherished sentiment for the one to whom it is dedicated comes through with quiet dignity. Refreshing to read an ode to love without maudlin phrases.

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Post by Tom Watson » Sat Jun 18, 2005 11:34 pm

Thank you Zero. I really appreciate that you would comment on this.

ET1, you are too kind...thank you.

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Post by twinbluedragons » Thu Jun 30, 2005 11:49 am

I really liked this poem Tom. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. :lol:
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Post by Tom Watson » Thu Jun 30, 2005 12:09 pm

Thank you TBD for stopping to read and comment.
She was one in a million, considering where and when she came from...
:mrgreen:

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Post by Tom Watson » Mon Jul 04, 2005 11:41 am

Moved here for permanent residency from the Challenges forum.
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Post by Debbie » Mon Jul 04, 2005 1:14 pm

My dear Tom Watson...I don't know how I missed this one at all..
but I will comment on this beautiful tribute..a masterpiece in itself...
she was a woman of great strenght.. a woman of courage..a woman after your heart...loved by you..
What a heart you have..and the love that eminates through your poems always brings me to a point of wanting to send you a hug because they are all so heart felt...

Bless you dear heart...and keep looking up because your redemtion draweth nigh....

Love Deb
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Post by Tom Watson » Sun Jul 24, 2005 12:41 pm

:mrgreen:
Thank you Debbie, :angel: , for this comment...she was indeed strong, with a grip on me that, even now, leaves its imprint on my heart...
which one might think is a good thing, wouldn't one? :roll:

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Post by AlluraD » Mon Jul 25, 2005 6:09 am

Love and pride shine in this write...it is amazing what the human heart can rise to, the strength it can carry...and love, what it does to ease sorrow. Thank you for this one~
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