a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Carry On With Poetry Jam and Real Toads...

The challenge at Poetry Jam this week is to spin a tale about the ability to "Carry On"...our take on the resiliency of the human spirit. Real toads challenges us with Hello/Goodbye.
    
My heart stopped
When his almost did
Do we stop
To count each mistake?
No
We carry on
Moment to moment
Knowing
We are not immortal
But our love is.

Our first hello
Was
Also
The beginning
Of our last goodbye
We carry on
Moment to moment
Knowing
We are mortal
Our love is not.

35 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is beautiful, Gail!

Buttons said...

Oh Gail this is powerful HUGS beautiful and powerful. B

Susan said...

How lovely, the way you pace out this truth and reemphasize that love goes on past mortality. Your voice is a clarion bell.

Primitive Stars said...

Beautiful Gail, you do have the knack for words, Francine.

Mary said...

Definitely because we are NOT immortal it is important for us to CARRY ON. And so true that we are mortal but love is not. Love definitely transcends death.

Thanks for participating in Poetry Jam.

Linda Wildenstein said...

Oh this is just beautiful and so, so powerful. Oma Linda

alan1704 said...

Moment by moment - Beautiful, every second, every breath, she a great capture of life and love.

TexWisGirl said...

very nice...

Brian Miller said...

we are not immortal but our love is...and that is what matters...sometimes those scary moments as well help us remember that...

The Golden Eagle said...

That is a really beautiful poem.

Pat said...

Aw, this is just so moving, Gail! We kid and joke around about our husbands, but we know, deep down, we wouldn't trade them for the world!

Terri said...

A poem is always easier to write when your heart does the talking- another good one Gail.

Michaele said...

Very heart-felt. I remember this. Nice to hear the bittersweet love in this.

Helen said...

I enjoyed how you combined both prompts ... they did mesh together nicely this week.

Laurie Kolp said...

Yes, true love is forever.

Irene said...

It is good that you are sure about at least one thing, Gail, and you stated it very eloquently. I am glad to hear of a love so deep.

Lynne said...

Gail . . . heart filled truth speaks! Excellent . . .

Dreaming said...

From the heart, for sure. Loved it!

Margaret said...

... I've often said MY proof (for me) that God exists is that my love continues after someone special dies... I feel a real connection...

LindaG said...

Very poignant, Gail. ♥

Sandy said...

Gail,

Your poem touch the hearts of many. Including Tractor Man, your soul mate. Don't worry about the mistakes, we all learn from them. Hold on to each other, no other love can be stronger.

Kay L. Davies said...

Wonderful. We forget we are mortal, but love is immortal. My grandmother died in the 1960s, with people telling her lies about me, and not letting me visit her, but I always knew she loved me. She knew the truth the others preferred to ignore.
Thanks for this reminder.
K

Jinksy said...

Excellent combination for two prompts. Well done.

Jinksy said...

And a big thank you for the link to Poetry Jam - I'd lost sight of them recently. :-)

A Quiet Corner said...

Gail, this is PERFECT...JUST PERFECT!...:)JP

Sandra said...

this is my most favorite of all your poems that I have read. this says it all and is 100 percent true. also beautiful and from the heart.

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

A poem straight from the heart, beautiful!
Lynne x

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love this response to the prompt.........it's all about the love.

McGuffy Ann said...

Well done, Gail; very well done.

Peggy said...

Beautifully written. Those scary times really are wake-up calls.

goldberrygreening said...

Sincere, heartfelt, and so true. Love is like time - it never stops. Wonderful.

Robyn Greenhouse said...

How sweet the thought of the first hello is the start of your last goodbye! How lucky to have this type of love in your life!

Susan Lindquist said...

I absolutely love this poem ... we do carry on (in more ways than one) with the ones we choose to love deeply ... through it all, toward a physical end, but never, never a spiritual one! I love this poem!

Sue said...

Excellent job of combining two prompts and coming up with something so lovely.

=)

DesertHen said...

Wow! I'm all teary eyed! Love this!

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