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When laughter leaves, the kindness that remains
is incidental to civility,
the bland politeness, the ability
to feign that graciousness is what sustains
when underneath, the captive anger reigns
and finding life in possibility
increases hope's invisibility
as once-firm knowledge of will's freedom wanes.

When years have passed in blind submission's care,
can passion reignite when backs unbend
and legs, long crumpled, learn at last to dance?
No fortitude (however sure) can bear
the pain of ancient wounds none cared to mend
that could be healed by but one loving glance.

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  1. Date: 4/8/2011 12:30:00 PM
    I have stopped by to read some of your excellent poetry today Tracy. I hope to be back soon to read them again. I wish you the best with your writing always. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/9/2008 4:19:00 PM
    when backs unbend...ancient loving glance...awesome, girl! I mean, the writing is awesome, but the subject - tres sad. I actually tried my first regular sonnet a week or 2 sonnets! Love Kristin

  1. Date: 10/9/2008 9:18:00 AM
    You are really talented. I love to read the things you write, because you have such a rare way with words. Christie