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For Giving
by John W Leko
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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In writing wrongs forgiving ink
in silence never told
on slivered heart papyrus
and in bindings etched in gold.

Though cactus wings of angels
and haloed thorns remain
deserted waters yet are sought
when tears transpire rain.

What color breezes memory
in canyons lost in thought
of hours once in bleeding sun
the seraph soon forgot.

Yet one I loved in tender
now cast upon the sea
to sail on sanded sunsets
of timeless reverie.

Then stars as ashes fallen
in syllables above
will never become separate
a broken word of love.

This moon of desert wishes
in craters of my mind
may never know the beauty
of one so loved in time.

For granted I have taken
forgotten you the same
for giving finds remembrance
when I fall upon your name.

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Reviewed by Diana Wiles 1/18/2009
Sheer brilliance...
Love, Diana
Reviewed by Patricia Sanders 6/2/2008
Wow! This is a poem worthy of any classic poet. Absolutely genius in its writing...
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 4/27/2008
Glad I gravitated to your powerful intense words of the heart John!
I am now a believer of your heart, since reading your Bio! Wow! You intrigue my senses!
Being around as you have, I'm sure has given you a finer edge and more patience around those that may need it!
YOur poem is stunning, it's still shining!
Imageries fill so many areas of a longing yearing heart!
Write On!
P.s. I am following/tracking you as of 2night! When a heart speaks as dear and endearing as yours, I must!
Stay Positive! Like I have to say that at all... but I do!
STay Strong!
Come by and take a stroll through my den doors, you may like and find something you are looking for! I write all gener's- Hope you stop in and stay awhile and come over anytime! :)
Reviewed by William Bonilla 4/26/2008
An excellent and oustanding write John
This is trult a well penned Offering
Peace be with you

trying to catch up on my reviews
Reviewed by David Thompson 4/24/2008

Each stanza, and, in fact, each syllable uttered within this piece holds special beauty and allure; however, within the last, the words, "for giving finds remembrance when I fall upon your name," tugs heavily upon my heart. John, you are indeed a master at this game. When the day arrives...and it will...that all your splendor is bound, then I wish to be the first in line for an autographed copy.

David Lee Thompson

Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 4/23/2008
This is truly beautiful and the images are wonderful. Blessings.
Reviewed by Leann Marshall 4/19/2008
The spirituality of the desert and the sea, moon and stars combined to render a soulful expression of love and love lost, and one (or maybe more) forgiven. Beautiful and touching symbolism.
Reviewed by Cryssa C 4/18/2008
I must admit that I always read your poems more than bask in the pure brilliance of them...
The word play in this one is... well...brilliant!
This is a different style for you, and although I loved the meaning of it...and the cadence...and the depth...and the way it made me think... I can't decide if I like it better or not. :~) (How is that for decisiveness??)
hee, hee... (LOL may be politically correct, but when I laugh I don't LOL, I hee, hee...)

Reviewed by Sheila Roy 4/16/2008
A masterpiece! Bravo!
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 4/16/2008
Good cadence and tone of solemnity. Wow!
Reviewed by Deborah Munson (Reader) 4/16/2008
For granted I have taken
forgotten you the same
for giving finds remembrance
when I fall upon your name....

Beautiful and Soulful Words. What a way with words you have! Wonderful! Deborah
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 4/16/2008

John enjoyed your penning completely; wonderfully presented indeed.
Continued enlightenments,
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 4/16/2008
I love this poem, so true and dedicated to all your readers and I hope dedicated authors and readers will absorb it's meaning too, like I have. We must all ask for forgiveness, and go on with our life and live cleaner and truer and closer to God. Peace to you to and have a great day.
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 4/15/2008
To digest that which eats at our heart, depending on its portion...can be a feast in itself, regardless.
To be reminded, is to live it over and over...
to ask for forgiveness, puts it to its death!
(cacti and thorn baggage...never claimed)

My mind can go off in several directions, everytime I read it!
So, depending on how many times I sit here and read it...why, I outta have about ten poems in the making all at once!
Outstanding performance, John!
Love and Peace~
Reviewed by Katie Gabrielle 4/14/2008
these words of selfless 'giving' for freeing oneself from
yesterday's pain and for giving a human error and accepting
what the heart knows is true. that is beautiful words to
ponder this day and take to heart!

great poem!
Reviewed by Rene Reyes 4/14/2008
Absolutely beautiful John! loved this one!

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 4/14/2008
John I have never read anything more beautiful, this touched my soul and brought my tears.
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 4/14/2008
For Giving flows so beautifully and with such tremendous meaning and depth, blessings love Holly
Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg 4/13/2008
beautiful poetry, clever title, and good storyline
Reviewed by Julie Donner Andersen 4/13/2008
Oh, what perfect rhythm to this splendid rhyme! Great imagery, too. I look forward to reading more from you, John!

Reviewed by Michael Jones 4/13/2008
I feel the pain, sorrow, and rhythm of your heart beat as it rebounds to the boundless, excitement, and expectation of love. What Michaelangelo did with his wondrous painting of the Sistine Ceiling, my brother you have done with words. Peace!!!
Reviewed by Michael Guy 4/13/2008
There's a fine musicality to this one - ornate noted words on love and forgiving/forgotten - some of the most serenly hand-tooled words and play on words and images I've ever read;everything from stars to desert craters & canyons and sanded sunsets. Hell, I'd like to hang-out wherever it is you receive your initial inspiration to write this stuff....
good luck and more, michael
Reviewed by Jon Willey 4/13/2008
Far and above the common poetic fray. Bravo. Jon Michael Willey
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 4/13/2008
Precious words John. This one is a classic if there ever was one. It is a soulful repast that tastes so good each time the thought moves.

Love and blessings!
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 4/13/2008
Stunning, I always seem to say "oh man this is stunning" outloud to your poems.. Every stanza is so rich and meaningful, the rhyme and metre is perfection, matching such delicate <-- not quite the word I'm looking for, but delicate and gentle words...
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 4/13/2008
Totally Awesome, the feeling of longing and yearning makes me want to cry and that very last verse blew me away. You've done it again, magician of words!
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 4/13/2008
John, When I read your poems they flow like a stream,, gentle and pure. This is outstanding!
Reviewed by Bonnie May 4/13/2008
John, once again you write a beautiful romantic poem and paint a picture that will stay with me always. I think this is one of my favorites of yours. Love, Bonnie
Reviewed by Linda Hill 4/13/2008
Beautiful words, I love this romantic poem, it touched my heart.

Reviewed by Liana Margiva 4/13/2008
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 4/13/2008
I like the title of this, John...and your words...beautiful...what more can be said?
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/13/2008
For giving you should be blessed, because you have parted with something that belonged to you so it canbelong to someone that need's it more.
Forgiving, you should be blessed, because you will forget the abuse and no dwell in emotional injury.
It all will fall upon your name.

Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner 4/12/2008
Just beautiful with deep and multiple meanings embedded in each and every verse. Very touching indeed.
Reviewed by Charlie 4/12/2008
You don't often write in metered rhyme, John, but this somehow suits you very well. The rhyme only adds to its beauty. And isn't that how the mind works as well? ...all that milenation taking memories and pocketing them in organized lines-- sometimes lost upon the reader? But the cadence of the piece gently rocks my mind into a state of relaxation and remembering. It's a soft poem of intraspection and contemplation. I love-love the last stanza-- the separation of 'for' and 'give'... because really forgiving is a gift we give... and the last phrase is beautifully visual, with a hint of something more... the implications of falling... some idioms: falling to your knees... falling for something... falling in love... falling for someone... and conjoined with "your name", you get something of a mix between all those falling implications and "bumping into" and "coming across" and "whenever I hear your name" and so many, many more idioms there is not room for them all... But you see how mixing up words like that brings a wealth of meanings front-forward in my oh-too mileanated brain.

My words are falling off the page. --Charlie
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 4/12/2008
i love the rhythm and the peacefulness of this--like coming to terms and forgiving
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/12/2008
Mesmerizing gem of a poem John! I like word play with forgive,and I love the verse below !

"Yet one I loved in tender
now cast upon the sea
to sail on sanded sunsets
of timeless reverie."

Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 4/12/2008
A timless ode of love . I like the compairisons used. SIMPLY Beautiful!.....M
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 4/12/2008
"...for giving finds remembrance
when I fall upon your name."
And I believe it is in giving that we receive.
Your words are beautifully written, and all the moreso when read. Thank you, John


Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 4/12/2008
I began this review by copying favorite lines to paste and comment on, then I realized that I may as well copy and paste the entire poem. This is stunning in its composition and its meaning. Your words are so well chosen and perfectly placed. And, I love the title. This is wonderful writing that reflects divinely upon its source.
Reviewed by Gerard Gauthier 4/12/2008
John its just not what you wrote here...its the sound of it beening read cast a spell this time John
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 4/12/2008
John, I just read this to my wife . . . She said it is beautiful . . . I concur . . . What more to say . .
Reviewed by Ingeborg von Finsterwalde 4/12/2008
Such tender words so lovingly formed. Wonderful to read.

Reviewed by Douglas Bentley 4/12/2008
Thank you John "For Giving"
You are truely gifted
When souls are lifted
And brought to remembrance.
I enjoyed this.
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 4/12/2008
Wow John, such fantastic poetry..
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 4/12/2008
For granted I have taken
forgotten you the same
for giving finds remembrance
when I fall upon your name.

This stanza made me weep, my friend. 'When I fall upon your name' just stunned me with its bittersweet and poignant touch to my soul You are so gifted and have a way of touching us so deeply! I have come to look forward to Saturdays for I know I may see a post from you...
As always,
Reviewed by George Carroll 4/12/2008
If you wrote this in the 1700 hundreds you would be one of the masters we read of today. Well done noble poet.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/12/2008
So beautiful, John, these lines of for giveness - well done!

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