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I Came To Write A Poem
by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
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I Came To Write a Poem

I came to write a poem,
Because he asked me to,
You've been too quiet of late,
He whispers,
“What are you thinking?”

He reads only to see where I am,
He does not hear the words I speak,
Nor understand what I write,

He knows only that when I write,
I am trying to communicate,
What I see and feel,
But I have grown weary of words,
And do not wish to speak…

Nothing changes,
Life moves on despite the dead,
Who beg us to remember them;
Drifting in our dreams,
And haunting our memories,
With things we wish we had said.

I've been in darkness and the light
That shines overhead does not reach me,
The echoes of those who tell me to move on,
Are drowned out by the sorrow in my heart.

I came to write a poem for him,
Because he asked me to,
But he will not understand the words I write,
Nor remember the names,
That I hear whispering in my heart.

He will not understand that some hearts are slower
To forget and need more time to mend,
Before we speak of rainbows and unicorns,
And cities that lie buried beneath the sea.

He wants a poem from me,
And I came here to write one for him,
But the words he wants to hear,
Will not come to me…

I am sitting in a tree,
Watching the moon rise,
Watching the stars dance across the sky,
Listening to the wolves call out in loneliness,

And the last thing I want to do,
Is write a poem for him,
Instead I wrote one for me.

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Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 8/11/2009
beautifully reflective; effective haunting lament;
a wonderful write, retta.
be well,
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 12/11/2008
Your poem was amazing to read and I simply enjoy reading it,take care

Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 10/14/2008
Hello Retta,

You are an exceptionally gifted poet - this is a deeply moving poem!

Best wishes,

Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 7/17/2008
I love this. Feel this. So soulful, so open, so plaintive. But so real, so true, and so necessary.

The words are there, as always. You are blessed, in your vision and experience. Good to read you again, Retta. It has been a while.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 6/19/2008
"I Came To Write A Poem" is a flower scented with essence of wisdom, and its petals are painted with the colors of the rainbow or art.

I salute You, Poet.

In admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Sandra Corona 2/6/2008
Smoothly flowing and beautiful ... as always Rein. Love you, your art and your words.

Reviewed by Rafika Anderson (Reader) 1/31/2008
Simply perfect.
Reviewed by Dale Clark 1/29/2008
Oh exactly Retta!
you have to do that!
Awesome art also!
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 1/29/2008
I love the art and the writing is superb~`*
Reviewed by David Young 9/18/2007
Love the ending, dance your verse among the stars in how special you are.
Reviewed by richard poor 7/19/2007
and you did! you always amaze me with the way you start off so simple and build it to complexity. very good!!!
Reviewed by E. Richardson 7/14/2007
oh my...this is wonderful! In many respects, this is different in structure and voice and I have to agree with Amor below that this is one of your best, thus far.
It clearly is in a class all its own and if this is a portent of what we will be seeing from you my friend...keep it coming!
Reviewed by ~Indigo~ Elga 7/8/2007
Dear Reindeer,

Healing presents in many guises, yours in this moment was penned! A powerful write, very touching. May the warmth of understanding embrace you as it envelops you with an abundance of love and light.

Warm hugs
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 6/30/2007
I think this to be one of your best writes yet, for it touches me on so many levels with such poetic beauty and grace. There is no doubt that you leave a toe in yesterday with memories that shall never disappear but with all else so much into today and tomorrow leaving such lines that touch so many others with your usual eloquence.
Reviewed by jude forese 6/29/2007
and you wrote one, a fine one indeed ... sometimes it seems the poems we write just go above the heads of the one we intended them for ...
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 6/29/2007
And a very nice poem it is! As always, you make me see you. Tree, moon, sky, wolves, and all!! As for the frustration the poem so
ably describes, I know the feeling well. Suspect every artist does.
We spend our lives trying to make ourselves clear. . .to people who
do not always care. Too many never do. Or are too tied to their
own concerns to read with their eyes and ears and hearts. Right?
Thank you for sharing your deeply sincere and always arresting
writings. 'Pea' <3
Reviewed by Paul Berube 6/29/2007

And obviously, you wrote one for us. Loved it. You capture so much emotion my friend. Bless You and Always write them for us.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/28/2007
Such marvelous poetry Reindeer! You strike the perfect tone in this gem! A treasure to read!

Reviewed by Southern Comfort 6/28/2007
Just too beautiful for words! So very heartfelt and touching! Your awesome poetry always moves me and causes deep emotions! LOVE YOU! SC
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 6/28/2007
Totally gorgeous, Retta. What soul and honesty! And the most BEAUTIFUL poem, too! Funny, with so much to capture the mind and heart in your powerful descriptions and sentiments, it is a shame that your "he" is unable to fathom their depth of meaning. But you have given him what he asked for... the priceless jewel of your soul in writing. I can so identify with the pain of both being almost unread. Bless you and thank you, Kate xx
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 6/28/2007
Great writing,Hugssss
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 6/27/2007
Wonderful offering Retta!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/27/2007
Truly poetic beauty abounds throughout this offering, Retta. Very moving and soul-reaching. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and blessings to you,

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/27/2007
Beautifully done, Reindeer; enjoyed much! Thanks for sharing!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

Welcome back; you've been missed! :)
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/27/2007
Deeply moving, poignant poetry, Reindeer, beautifully penned. Excellent!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

Welcome home, I've missed you.
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 6/27/2007
An outstanding write my friend, very touching, deep, sad, uplifting, and unique....a powerful combination of emotions can be felt within the lines of this write. I could almost envision and hear the muse that was beckoning you...a wonderful write my friend....powerful indeed!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by stan nassano 6/27/2007
Oh i lke this very much,how you weave and sway back and forth,
Bitter sweet sadness,thankyou,
stan nassano
Reviewed by F William Broome 6/27/2007
Reindeer -
Mind if I hold you for a moment... in a warm hug of thanks for this creative summary of how we, who have lost, feel so much of the time? To have written such words is to have held onto love that can never be replaced.
On behalf of each and every one of us, Thank you... for giving us something strengthening to feel. During my second reading I knew smooth joy flowing within and over me. I am keeping these words in two special places.
- Bill
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/27/2007
This is so soul baring and poignant it brought an ache to my heart as I felt a parallel connection in our thoughts. Sometimes all we can do is write to touch ourselves if we want to touch others in the future.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 6/27/2007
I came to write a poem,
Because he asked me to,
You've been too quiet of late, <---we've all been thinking that.

Brillo poem, at a time when half my country is under water...
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 6/26/2007
"...Nothing changes,
Life moves on despite the dead,
Who beg us to remember them;
Drifting in our dreams,
And haunting our memories,
With things we wish we had said..."

My favorite lines...a gem all the way through.

Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 6/26/2007
A very honest soul serching poem Rita.
I finally came to the conclusion in my life that
I can't change what I did not tell the
one's I love who are dead what I needed to tell them.
I do tell the living loved one's probably
too much of what they need to hear from me..
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