Friday, July 30, 2010

All I Ever Wanted


It was all I ever wanted.
Not that I minded the age,
it was an old key meant for it's worn place.
But something was different.
After the death and robbery, I understood.
It couldn't be any other way. Things change. Life moves on.
I've heard this.

Passing through the keyhole,
a life lived and shared was worth it after all.

So soon, it became clear to you that the shine was gone.
But did you know you were so beautiful?
Did you know that every wrinkle
opened my heart even further to your inspiration?

What was worthy became more so.
It didn't matter that your surface had a rough feel.
It didn't matter.

Your opening was all I ever wanted.
When I could turn the key and find you,
in your scuffed and worn beauty,
I was immersed in a new light.
An innocence revealed us,
I opened in the sun of you, Mom.
It was all I ever wanted.

Cynthia Pittmann
(A writing assignment from the worthy Ms Willow of Magpie Tales)
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I wanted to share a poem reaction (sonnet) in response to, "All I Ever Wanted" by my poet friend, Neill Edwards:

Cynthia, here's a sonnet, related to your poem. It came because I was so impressed by your work.

CYNTHIA PITTMAN

Cyn wrote something fine, a full creation
Yet delicate; the roughness unheeded
No real wall, feeling need, in reaction
To that warmth, that heart that her love seeded.
How you got there, without real direction
In this piece you made what you so needed -
All you ever wanted was ‘perfection’

Pittman’s place, among poets, we’ll find -
If she writes at all, her work flies, a dove
Touching sky, the work you think first as ‘kind’
Tears out the guts; mention ‘Mother ‘above’;
Mom’s epitaph is now sacrosanct, bound
All in one piece, grief replaced by this love
No mere ghost, she has her place in your mind.

Neill Edwards
July 31, 2010

15 comments:

  1. This is beautiful ~~~ and truly inspirational.

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  2. Cynthia, this is a lovely tribute to your mother. xx

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  3. Reading your poem just made my sunday morning perfect! Thank you Cynthia! ♥

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  4. This is a beautiful poem. One senses and feels the deeply felt emotions of this piece, and they are profoundly moving.

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  5. But did you know you were so beautiful?
    Did you know that every wrinkle
    opened my heart even further to your inspiration?
    ...
    When I could turn the key and find you,
    in your scuffed and worn beauty,
    I was immersed in a new light.


    It's all so beautiful, and poignant - I love the questions and the insights. Thank you.

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  6. Wonderful, poetry, Cynthia. I was looking for the poet’s name and was impressed (but not surprised) to find your name. Your mother would be so proud of you. How nice to have a friend respond in verse.

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  7. Oh, what love and heartache both, life can bring. I kept looking back to the photo and thinking how perfect a choice to go with your poem.

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  8. I pray that someday my daughter will tell me that SHE blossomed in "the sun" of ME. WOW.

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