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A Letter from Anna, circa 1979

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A Letter from Anna, circa 1979

A Letter from Anna, circa 1979

“My sorrow, when she’s here with me,
thinks these dark days of autumn
are beautiful as days can be.
She loves the bare, the withered trees
She thinks I have no eye for these, 
And vexes me for reason why.”

Just when I think all traces of you are gone,
And I should, finally and once and for all, 
Close the chapter of us and the way we were,
I’m reminded that I’m not the only one
Who is, from time to time, re-visited, 
Though not by you, but certainly by the thought of you...

Something found in a drawer, in a notebook, like this, 
Reveals a curious poignancy, a cherishing of what was or might have been, 
A tenderness preserved from a moment in time,
A possibility postponed or deferred, a regretful acceptance...

My memory, when he’s here with me, 
Thinks…no, he feels with all the love and compassion
That you hardly remember you ever felt for me, with me.
Before the chemical soup of pills shut off the wellspring of our passion, 
Before the descent into a chaotic and bewildering 
and tragic and uncontrollable madness...

But when he, my memory, is here with me,
I do remember and hope I’ll never forget
How passionately we loved
How joyfully we loved, and for a time
How magnificently we loved…

I remember watching you ride away 
On your horse across the desert,
Waving your sword in the air in farewell,
Not knowing how many centuries would pass
…before we would encounter each other again.

And with an almost unbearable feeling of déjà vu,
I remember watching you drive away 
On your journey across the country,
Waving your hat in the air in farewell,
Not knowing if we would ever, in this life
…encounter each other again.

So, I will hold Anna’s letter in a safe place for you,
For when you are ready to come down from your cross of self-immolation,
To re-awaken and give new life to your compassion, 
To honor, acknowledge and accept 
the magnificence 
that is the essential truth of your being,
…and encounter once again the women who love you.

Copyright © Linda Witt-King

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  1. Date: 9/18/2010 5:48:00 PM
    Hello, Linda here I am stopping by to say hi and CONGRATULATIONS! What a delightful poem. Had fun reading your featured poem of the week. Take care,.. p.d.

  1. Date: 9/17/2010 9:08:00 PM
    Hello Linda and congrats to you on this wonderfu heartfelt free verse poem being showcased this week. Enjoy the well deserved honor! :)

  1. Date: 9/13/2010 12:46:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week here at PoetrySoup Linda. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/12/2010 3:30:00 PM
    Congrats Linda on your featured poem this week on the Soup.. a nice one to share with us all.. hope u are doing well and will return to us soon..with luv..

  1. Date: 3/6/2010 9:18:00 PM
    Great writing and a belated congrats for you in this contest. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 2/26/2010 7:37:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Starflixer's Betrayal contest Linda. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/25/2010 12:38:00 PM
    Magnificent writing, Linda. A very poignant piece that was well deserving of its recognition in the contest. Congratulations! Love, carolyn

  1. Date: 2/25/2010 12:31:00 PM
    Congrats Linda on your winning poem in the Betrayal contest.. a wonderful write .. a wonderful win.. from a wonderful lady and poetess.. enjoy this victory..luv.. Linda-Marie

  1. Date: 2/19/2010 1:44:00 PM
    This is beautiful- I love your repitition of "how we loved"...very emotional. :)

  1. Date: 1/15/2010 1:39:00 AM
    All I can say to you, Linda, is you need to keep writing. And when you free what you know is there, much more that you mayor may not will come to take it's place. you are talented and have a unique view or perception. This poem gives the unrequited mantra new impetus to say the least. Well done, Linda Witt-King. God bless you and yours.-Thank you so much for your kind comments. -Robert

  1. Date: 1/13/2010 11:50:00 PM
    This made wonderful reading, so full of emotion and imagery.the feeling of deja vu was marvelous. thank you for sharing and thank you for your lovely comments to me.-Margaret

  1. Date: 1/13/2010 5:15:00 PM
    you've made reading very enjoyable. i loved this piece and can tell that you have a gift for the literary arts. you've captured emotion an the honor that few women possess with your words. this is very good work. John Henry Loving III

  1. Date: 1/13/2010 9:29:00 AM
    A haunting account of lost love, Linda. You create great emotion in this poem; many can relate to the sentiments. Very nice work! Love, carolyn

  1. Date: 1/13/2010 2:53:00 AM
    Awesomely beautiful - breath-taking actually. You gave a beautiful gift, Linda, and I hope you will continue to share it with us. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 1/12/2010 7:17:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading your poetry this morning Linda. Thank you so much for sharing it with us here at PoetrySoup. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/12/2010 6:52:00 AM
    What a beautiful write. It's plain to see you are very talented. I hope you are replying to others so they will start reading your deligtful poetry and responding to it. And I hope you've been inprired to do a cat poem now too! I have two cats, LIlah and Sookie, so Lilycat sounds like my LIlah's name. LUv, andrea