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understanding

understanding hearts is what the 
world needs to today in its tangle
of broken dreams.

dreams are what life is
made of america
expounds as we
never stop to taste the
sweetness
of the corn that
fills our bellys.

"make a bigger, brighter step
for all mankind." WE WHINE.

yet we never appreciate the ones
we have crushed in our climb.

"we will be the first in every nation", we
exclaim......

forgetting that the first usually dies
earliest in most every game.

by janetta 1982


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memories of long ago

i remember
how the earth
forgot to be real
that early October morning

i remember 
when it stopped turning
on a false summer 
January day


by Janetta (1986)


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divorce..these days

the passage of rights
have turned to wrongs

the depth of love
have turned to hate

funny how 
everything changes
and stays the same....

the love and the hate
merely transfers
to someone new


janetta 
written in 1975


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secrets

she was barely two
she got to stay home
from church
with uncle d.

they played cards
he made her laugh as
she sat on his knee

he said this is a secret
between you and me
grandma would get
mad at us

then on a stormy 
winter night he took
her to his bed
and he hurt her

he said this is our
secret grandma
must never know
or she will send
you away 

she remembered
those three steps
down to his bedroom
when she was forty

he was in his grave
and the secret was
kept, grandma
never knew.


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almost hating you, if i had the energy

tonite i told you that forever
is gone
that i don't want
you no more.....

how i think it is manical
that you cannot see,
or say that anyway,
where you have
done me wrong

you only can tell
me over the phone,
that you don't want
me any more; you
said it first

like i did something bad
by wanting a real home

why not said i, what is
bad about that? 
you said why not let us
go just like we are ?
what is wrong about
that?


i am so done with you
you have dragged me
thru the dirt long enough
with you chilling lies

now i have to go thru
a life threating operation
in a week and i thought
you would be waiting
for me.  

i am so sorry i have 
wasted 20 years of
my life on you.....
if i could hate

i almost could hate
you.

jan


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blind rage

judge i know i broke the law
i killed my love
in a blind rage of passion

judge i stood and fired the gun
in a blind rage of passion
because he killed my ma

judge he shot her dead
she was beautiful 
.....and she was dead

the blood rained down 
upon her face like tears

i killed my lover in a blind 
rage of passion

i ask no forgiveness
i ask no help

i just want you
to know what
happened

it was just a second
out of a minute
in a blind rage of passion

he thought my ma
took his dad from
his  mama
without asking

now i live knowing
i killed my own love 

blind rage of passion


by janetta


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LOOKING FOR HER

all her things she saved
for us are flung out and
flying all about.............


every counter is full and
ever shelf is crammed.
             each
has a story to tell


i have found a diary for a 
             day,
pages telling how she lived 
              each day
               
            
she writes how much
she loves my sister and
               i

she cries out how she misses
               and loves
               my father

she writes of her
love of her grandchildren
               that is
               what her
tomorrows are all about

i see
what made her 
              so sad  


she writes from her
               heart
and my mind breaks

my tears
of gratitude
flow

i am so thankful
she left me her
things
to care for......

i can let her go now...
......and say

...."mama go rest"

by joloujanetta


"never did i know what a comfort
a pillow where she lay her head
would be for me......"


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goodbye

i have always hated good byes

maybe you knew that 
when you would not
give me one

maybe that is how
you honored our love

or maybe you couldn't
say goodbye

because it was not
over for you

what you didn't know is....

if you can't say goodbye
you cannot say hello again


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are you there

are you there?

or more appropriately

am i there at all....



can your careless heart

really set you free?



the chains are broken



the bond is broken



all that remains

is the thin gold

band

worn band.


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art

master in the art
of making love


the love of the lion
and the lamb


there are so many 
slaughters


but....there is the lamb
of a thousand years


that refused the cross
and stared with hot
eyes.....


as it was cut to pieces....
it was remembered


oh yes, it was remembered
for all time



by janetta harrington


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