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by H J Cruz
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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This poem was recaptured from one of my dusty old treasures called "Drifted Snow Flakes" The book was a hit just after the Civil War between the States; albiet not entirely Christmas it does capture a certain element but must be read slow and savored a bit like aged wine. Enjoy...

When on the heart we look to find
Whose cherished image it doth wear,
We learn that not the loftiest mind
Doth grave its name most deeply there,
But the forgiving true and kind.
And knowing this,and that above
all offerings that can rendered be
To us, we most desire love,
It hath a marvel been to me,
That gentleness and charity
we strive not harder to attain,
though for ourselves alone the gain.
Doth not a hasty spirit fling
That one first drop of bitterness
Into love's pure and healing spring,
That else would flow forth but to bless?
Or like an unquenched spark it lies
E'en midst the gathered bonds of home;
It fires, it snaps the tender ties
That should bind bretheren into one.

Oh! for that calm and equal mind
Whose peace a breath may not disturb;
Who, where the soil seems all unkind,
some hidden virtue still will find,
And its own enmity doth curb.
Few spots of earth have fruitless proved
When patient hands have come to till;
Few hearts but some have justly loved
Few but we may love if we will.
Are any pure? Hath love a law
By which unmingled spotless worth,
Alone, may claim regard from her?
Then may she turn to-day from earth.

The trait to love must oft be sought,
Like veins in treasure-yielding ground;
If the bare surface holds it not,
Deeper, perchance, it may abound.
And having found it , oh, how fair
The uncovered grace shows to the light!
The whole wide, stony waste doth wear
For it knew beauty in our sight.
The gold is reached! Its hue we see!
All hid in our own breasts of such
As, by some secret alchemy,
Thrills at its first life-giving touch,
And glows with kindred sympathy!

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Reviewed by Emile Tubiana 6/27/2007
You are lucky if you were able to find love in your heart. Everyone should aspire to this. An old Persian saying says: "A heart full of love never dies"
Reviewed by Southern Comfort 5/23/2007
So Beautiful and so SIGH WORTHY! HUGS SC
Reviewed by neerja gandhi 1/28/2007
hey,your most work have deep meaning....but only if they could be a little short and sweet...this ones immense.
Reviewed by Crissy Foster 1/16/2007
This poem is beautiful portayed greatly only as a man of many hats can do.
the few poems I have read of yours displays a unique ability to become empathic. You seem to be able to adapt your writing to the surroundings that swim in your head weather it be humor, drama, fatigue, dispare, or otherwise.
I will not pretend to know much about poetry.Being able to adapt to your surroundings is a rare ability usualy developed by people who have had to adapt alot in life. I.E. Social circles, moving around, ect. whatever the reason for it, it's given you an eceptional talent that you express in your writing styles.
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 1/2/2007
I'd say written with perfection. Very nice, I agree, Holly
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/2/2007
Like age wine, indeed. I agree. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Taylor Ryan 1/1/2007
"The trait to love must oft be sought,
Like veins in treasure-yielding ground;
If the bare surface holds it not,
Deeper, perchance, it may abound.
And having found it , oh, how fair
The uncovered grace shows to the light! "

It's a beautiful piece...and I particularly like the sentiment of the above and grace lie not on the surface but in the heart if you are willing to look deep enough...
Welcome to AD...I'm glad I stopped by.
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 12/30/2006
YUMmm Aged wine~ YOu write Poetry My friend~ That is my Passion! I see this isn't but you have others~ I will explore to the esthers
I had to come here to your corner and see where your heart lies within... I found B U 2 Y there forever emcompassing!
I am tracking/following you now - that ain't no lie.
May your NEW YEAR -2007- be filled PEACE,LOve, Wisdom and Joy! Forever more to you and yours!
Thank you for visiting my corner of the den- I will be here again...My writing friend~
WArmest Blesssings and WArm HuGs,Sheee
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 12/25/2006
Yes this must be savored like old wine. Peace and happiness, Victor
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 12/24/2006
Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 12/24/2006
this truly is a treasure which I am saving! do you know who the author is? THANK YOU!!! Merry, merry Christmas!


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