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The Shadows of My Heart
by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie

Monday, June 30, 2003

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Shadows in My Heart

You call to me,
From across the sea,
And I am bid to come,
And stay awhile,
Listen to your voice,
Whispering sweet words,
And you play your guitar and sing
The melodies we both love,
When the sun sinks
Below the horizon,
And yet the stars have not risen,
We walk to the edge of the river,
And I pluck the petals of the flowers
And say that childish chant,
He loves me,
He loves me not,
Over and over
Until the petals are gone
Floating downstream
Carrying my hopes and dreams
Over the edge,
I watch them float away
And you reach for my hand,
But I walk a little away
Knowing how much
The game lies...

I hear you sigh
At my back,
And can't stop the tear
Or the fear that beats
In this damaged heart,
Wishing sometimes
You would go away
Yet fear that more
Then if you stay...

Shadows in my heart,
Echoes of a love that once was,
Trying to come again,
Dare I let it live,
Or shall I crush it down,
Grind it to powder
To lay upon my wall
Of stone,
Guarding this heart of mine,

They said,
Leave the heart to heal,
And in time,
You will love again
But I never wanted it,
Never dared to dream that
Love would beat once more,
Not even for you my friend,

And slowly you walk away,
As I return to where I stay,
Watching the moon rise,
And the stars come out at last,
I listen to the wolf howl at the lonely sky,
And the hawk screams his nightly hunting cry,
Somewhere in the darkness,
I hear a door close,
As the shadows began to grow larger,
Making those scary figures we feared
When we were children…

I feared them then,
Sometimes even now,
But then the light of your love,
Cast its light in the gloom,
And I see there is nothing in the room,
Just the same things that always were,
Familiar and safe,
Only one thing new,
And my sweet friend,
That is you…

I realized then,
The door I heard was closing
As you came in,
Whispering in my heart,
You will always be my friend…
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Reviewed by T. Emilie Dybevik (Reader) 7/4/2003

YOU have the heart of a TRUE poet, I am breathless. Astounding. Beautiful work.

Reviewed by Jenni Kalicharan 7/1/2003
Wow..This held my attention from beginning to end!! Absolutely stunning.. I'm glad I returned to read this..
Reviewed by serenety L 7/1/2003
Leave the heart to heal
and in time you will love again..
Liked this line best out of a great poem.
Thanks for sharing.
Reviewed by Trixie Love 7/1/2003
Oh Retta,
This one is a treasure....
Beautiful as always..

Trixie :)
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/1/2003
Just stunning....!!!
Reviewed by Melissa Rives 7/1/2003
Oh, this is so moving and so beautiful. I loved the way it ended..with hope...perhaps that love is there to stay. :)
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 7/1/2003
You write a convincing message.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 7/1/2003
Stunning! Wow!
Reviewed by Kerry Compton Star Girl 7/1/2003
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 7/1/2003
What a beautiful whisper!
Excellent poem!
Best wishes always from
Reviewed by richard poor 6/30/2003
you really packed it into this piece....very good!!!
Reviewed by jude forese 6/30/2003
outstanding poem! emotionally gripping!
Reviewed by Michelle Elliott (Reader) 6/30/2003
So much emotion. Set yourself free to love once again.
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 6/30/2003

This is so peaceful and draws one in close to walk beside you. Excellent writing.

Reviewed by William Bonilla 6/30/2003
awesome is your poem Reindeer
written into excellence

Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/30/2003
The emotions are torn in this one Reindeer, so beautifully subtle, sad, and wonderfully written!
Reviewed by The Gentle Man 6/30/2003
Retta, your poem is stunning......grabbed me right from the beginning....Excellent!
Reviewed by Brittany Renée 6/30/2003
This is the name of my book 'Shadows of a Heart'...well near it ;) LOL So I just had to read it. WONDERFUL.

Warm Love
*Brittany Renee*
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 6/30/2003

Hot_ My Mother Named It Puppy Love!

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/30/2003
lovely write, reindeer; enjoyed! love, your friend in texas, karen lynn. (((HUGS))) :)
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 6/30/2003

This was really sweet write indeed. I love this a lot!

Sandie Angel a.k.a. May Lu :o)
Reviewed by Sanil nath (Reader) 6/30/2003
Excellent write ... Do feel your heart? and I do understand the feeling going on in ur heart. The Love and care in your heart is really great. What a true way to express your friendship keeping ur heart just looking the same.
Nice write Retta, More respect for you
Reviewed by Robert Blackwell (Reader) 6/30/2003
Thank you for a very romantic was very sad and very soulful.
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