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Author Name: FreeJeanne Dininni 21 Comments
Date Added: January 04, 2007 20:01:05 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Pennies
I peer beneath the water's sparkling surface
staring through ripples in fountains
widening circles trembling outward
framing
the pulsating image returning my eager gaze
I am searching for pennies
the tangible symbols of wishes both lofty and small
and I focus beyond my own reflection
my mind intent
seeking
grasping
anonymous strangers' long-abandoned dreams
 
I retreat within the fragile recesses of guarded memory
to stumble again down shadowy mental pathways
overgrown with steadily encroaching days
endlessly sprouting hours spent
awkwardly painfully making my way
toward the filtered rays of brightness
beckoning just beyond reach
And barefoot I wade through swirling pools of stored-up tears
pools without even the copper-clad wishes of strangers
to distract me momentarily from my own soul's poverty and pain
Spurred on by an inner longing too intense to be ignored
Guided by instinct far too powerful to be suppressed
my heart reaches for meaning amid the turmoil
 
I recall the echoes of phrases whispered on the wind
gently
softly
urging my barren soul toward hope and life
and I understand suddenly as if I had known forever
that the priceless jewel I seek will never be found
undisturbed and green with tarnish
at the bottom of shallow pools
Viewing the ageless search for wholeness
with newly opened eyes I see
that life's illusive wealth lies buried
in vastly deeper waters than I have ever cared
or dared
in all my spirit's wanderings to look 
 
I ponder the infinite promise
unfathomable to the probing mind
yet strangely alluring to the thirsting soul
the promise embodied in the One who is Love Incarnate
the One whose timeless sacrifice beckons
to all who would share the hope of Life abundant
Life resplendent
Life eternal and unending
springing up within
all who would embrace the Gift of cleansing full and free
all who would in faith surrender staunchly guarded souls
and plunge headlong into the deep uncharted waters
where life's true riches wait
 
I gaze once more into the gently rippling fountain
that has brought me comfort in my emptiest hours
and the peacefully radiant face in the pool returns my smile
It's clear she shares the joy I feel at knowing
I need never search for pennies anymore.
 
 
 
 
Author's Notes:
This poem seeks to convey the spiritual journey of one who, lost, empty, and alone, gradually grows to see and understand that life holds limitless promise for the one who is willing to let go of the sorrows of the past, shed the burdens of the present, and embrace the Creator's eternal gift of Life and Love.  
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Comments:
Comment By: FreeChristin Mowery on February 23, 2011 08:40:12 PM Report
Very beautiful, Aunt Jeanne. I am impressed and proud. Congratulations on the award. You certainly deserved it.
Comment By: FreeLinda Ruberto on February 20, 2011 10:01:22 AM Report
I thought about (and took notes) all of the phrases that thrilled me. I'm not a poet, but I have felt deeply and been without words to describe the feeling on many occasions. So when I read the work of one so talented and gifted with the English language I am humbled.

...I am searching for pennies

the tangible symbols of wishes both lofty and small...





...And barefoot I wade through swirling pools of stored-up tears

pools without even the copper-clad wishes of strangers

to distract me momentarily from my own soul's poverty and pain...





...all who would embrace the Gift of cleansing full and free

all who would in faith surrender staunchly guarded souls

and plunge headlong into the deep uncharted waters

where life's true riches wait...




Sometimes I read poetry and feel the words and phrases are contrived, that they have tried too hard. Jeanne has taken very special care to choose each word to perfectly express her thought, one by one. Thank you







Comment By: FreeBrian Davy on January 28, 2010 09:09:56 PM Report
There is so much depth in this work it's hard to comment on any thing in particular, however the lines..
"I retreat within the fragile recesses of guarded memory

to stumble again down shadowy mental pathways

overgrown with steadily encroaching days

endlessly sprouting hours spent

awkwardly painfully making my way"

remind me of the many hours my mind has taken me down such paths.

Great write indeed!
Brian

Comment By: Freeb w mayer on December 21, 2009 07:26:19 PM Report
This is such a beautiful piece, very moving. Congratulations!!
Comment By: Freenanette on December 2, 2009 12:49:29 PM Report
Astounding piece...Bravo!! Congrats on the award...
Take care
Nanette
Comment By: PremiumEric Siedzikowski on October 16, 2009 05:07:27 PM Report

Truly a laudatory write that is well redacted.Congratulations!!!


Comment By: Freeb w mayer on August 28, 2009 10:15:42 AM Report
Wonderful piece. Love it.
Comment By: FreeBarry Hodges on February 11, 2009 08:51:02 AM Report
I liked most of this but was disppaointed you felt it necessary to explain it in your notes.
Comment By: FreeSteve on May 5, 2008 11:51:23 AM Report
A wonerful poem with a message everyone can relate to.
Comment By: FreeJose Noriega on April 4, 2008 03:35:51 PM Report
nicely done
Comment By: Freemarsha on December 28, 2007 10:13:14 PM Report

Very descriptive and well written, Congratualtions on your award and may many more be in your future.


Comment By: FreeKaren Lowrey on December 25, 2007 03:01:59 PM Report

Wow, you truly captured the imagery of a journey of how we gradually grow to see what life has to offer us when we open up our eyes and see.  Congratulations on your brilliant display of imagery of guiding me with your descriptive tone of,”embrace the Gift of cleansing full and free all that would in faith surrender staunchly guarded souls and plunge headlong into the deep uncharted waters where life's true riches wait."


 


Most people, in life are not willing to plunge headlong into the deep uncharted waters where life's true riches wait.  However, I see you have the required skills and talent to embrace the Creator's eternal gift of Life and Love.  Great job and I can not think of any suggestion to make it any better.  You defiantly said, it quite well!!! Congratulations in winning the Special Changes Award! 


Comment By: Freeb doneff on November 13, 2007 05:10:51 AM Report
The message was loud and clear, and the award so deserving. Well done, well done..
Excellent write..
b

Comment By: PremiumMary Lou Allen on November 4, 2007 09:46:36 PM Report
Amen, sister. Well done. Congratulations on the award. ML
Comment By: FreeLynn Cowman on September 20, 2007 04:50:18 PM Report
Congratulations, and well deserved for a truely lovely write...

 

Lyn.

Comment By: FreeGraham Jones on February 23, 2007 04:34:52 AM Report
Congratulations and well deserved Jeanne.
Comment By: PremiumAnn on February 11, 2007 06:06:15 PM Report
Beautiful job on this, congratulations!


Comment By: FreeMoon Fairy on February 11, 2007 05:04:54 PM Report
Jeanne~
Very good write! Love the images...
Congratulations on your "Special Contest Award"
~Tracie

Comment By: FreeAdri on February 7, 2007 05:55:29 AM Report
Congratulations on the special contest win!!! 
Adri x

Comment By: FreeCarol on February 6, 2007 11:00:34 PM Report
Jeanne beautifully written. Some times we really must release all the past if we intend to find happiness in the future. Congratulation on the award.

 

May God bless Carol

Comment By: PremiumJoe McNinney on January 5, 2007 10:26:39 PM Report
Only when we let go of the past can we truly begin to live again. I like the message and creativity here Jeanne, Joe




 


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