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Spring Cleaning (Prose)
by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Friday, February 18, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I got a new attitude! :-)

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i spent the better part of yesterday
cleaning out the closets of my life,
discarding the trash that had collected
layers of dust over many years.

it was time for some major spring cleaning,
a time for renewal and for change--
there was no room for the new attitudes
being delivered this afternoon.

i started by throwing out bitterness,
which had grown far too comfortable.
anger and prejudice were next to go;
fear didn't stay around much longer.

a couple of 'woe-is-me' moments squeaked
from behind boxes of negatives
culled from the bad memories of the past,
but the cat took care of them quickly.

with the walls freshly washed and the floor mopped,
the windows of shame were next in line
to be thoroughly cleansed of fossilized
beliefs that they'd never be perfect.

the mirror that cried when i looked at it,
convinced that beauty had no place here,
burst into tears of happiness when it
realized that it had been lied to.

when the boxes of garbage were thrown out,
the entire place glowed with inner
light, radiently anticipating
the arrival of a brand new start.
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(C) Copy written, 18 February, 2005, by Karla Dorman.

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Reviewed by Lois Christensen 5/30/2008
Good makeover and truly wonderful to hear you say all the things you rejected and left behind. It is truly you making a brand new start. Don't worry about the age lines and aging, we all go through it. The older we get the more knowledge we have and the more we can give to others too. Thanks for this write.
Reviewed by Sandra Corona 2/20/2005
Marvelous ... LOVE this write! And that's exactly what I've been doing too, Karen, cleaning :)!
Reviewed by jude forese 2/20/2005
strange how when we change our attitude, our closets empty out by themselves ...

uplifting poem!

Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 2/20/2005
Well done, Karla...I've been doing some of the same. Peace and best wishes ~Z~
Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader) 2/20/2005
He he.....done mine......oops it's summer here. :p

Great work Karla.....ty, Dani
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 2/19/2005
Gee, now you reminded me of what's coming up lol. Loved it
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 2/19/2005
FANTASTIC!!! Now THIS is what I call a spring-clean - the other sort just doesn't happen with my squirrel-like habits and "just don't see it" oblivion to clutter... Your penultimate stanza about beauty and the mirror is soooo spot on: dealing with the lies and seeing the "whatever is noble, honest and pure" - i.e. beautiful - is something we need to look in the mirror and say to ourselves EVERYDAY of the year - thank you so much for this spring wisdom. LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/19/2005

Love your new 'tude, and love the message in this poem! Very nice; brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin, Karen Lynn. :D

Only one week until you hit the open seas on your cruise! Have a BALL! I am so happy for ya! :)
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/19/2005
Sounds like you truly did a very thorough Spring Cleaning, Karla!
Reviewed by Chanti Niven 2/19/2005
We all need a good clean up. Great work Karla!
Take care sweet lady!
Love Chanti
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/19/2005
Can you help me clean my closet too?

Gee it's gonna take a very loooooooong day to do!!

Good onyou Karla!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 2/18/2005
Oh, don't remind me. I have to start this weekend.
Good poem and sentiments on all levels, practical and spiritual, Karla.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 2/18/2005
Next you will come do mine, right...? Ed
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 2/18/2005
yes thank you for the uplifting feeling i get from reading this
i do wish you all the best if anyone deserved a feeling as good as is you
enjoyed much!!!!!!
Reviewed by Dave Harm 2/18/2005
This is excellent. Kind of strange, how a little cleaning, can cleanse the soul...
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 2/18/2005
It doesn't get any better than this, Karla. What a motivating and uplifting poem! Excellent writing.
Take care,
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 2/18/2005
This is an excellent poem Karla
God Bless
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/18/2005
Superb poem Karla good to spring clean all our rooms
and closets bringing refreshment to our lives.

Reviewed by Karen Chalfant (Reader) 2/18/2005
This is an awesome word picture of inner cleaning. Great job, Karla!

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