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Easter in San Francisco, 1999

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Easter in San Francisco, 1999

Our dreams begin to open on the ninth floor
of the Marines Memorial Hotel.
Clean tombs equipped with all that is needed
for a weekend to die for.
Guests view what they can see at their level.
Flags wave from rooftops of skyscrapers, 
like spring flowers praising the high winds.
Below a jungle of souls
in hypnotic allegiance flow past 
concrete fields choked with roads.
Fatigued, dormant dreams weakly climb
praying to continue, to go on, 
Hoping to recognize
silence as it sings a sacred invitation
to follow the fire of morning.
In our room we listen to the 
television flicker between old graying movies
and a war in Kosovo.
At the window we have the luxury to turn away. . .
and witness the massacre of our afternoon.
Hail stones bullet the sunlight,
day bleeds pools of darkness.
Night falls to the light
Colors resurrected in our hearts
glow triumphant, emblazoned with life.
Who do you tell what your heart sees?
Who would believe the sound of it?

Oh Love, Oh Light--

"Please stay with us,
for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over."   luke 24:29

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  1. Date: 8/17/2009 6:20:00 PM
    Congrats Tamra on your placing in Deborah's contest. Vince

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 10:22:00 PM
    Tamra congrats on placing in the contest - God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 3:29:00 PM
    Your talent is showing. Congratulations on your win. Love, joyce

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 2:36:00 PM
    I have stayed in that wonderful old victorian hotel on Sutter Street and enjoyed it very much. Your write here certainly brought back memories ... smile ... beautifully, done Tamra and congratulations on your win in Debra's contest!

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 8:05:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Deborah's contest Tamra. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 6:08:00 AM
    Congratulations for your winning poem. TL

  1. Date: 8/13/2009 6:02:00 PM
    A powerful and moving poem, Tamra. Excellent work, and congratulations are in order! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 8/13/2009 4:28:00 PM
    Congratulations, Tamra! Excellent write. Ruben.

  1. Date: 8/13/2009 3:34:00 PM
    Wars and rumors of wars- a sign of the times. Congratulations on your well deserved placement in Deborah Guzzi's "War...what is it good for?" contest, Tamra. Sincerely, DAS-J

  1. Date: 8/13/2009 2:51:00 PM
    Awesome work..congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 5/5/2009 8:33:00 AM
    Tamra...my hats off to you....this is outstanding poetry....pure excellence! Wow...more than terrific!

  1. Date: 5/5/2009 7:31:00 AM
    My gosh ... you are an astoundingly talented poet ... you allow yourself to feel and to communicate from there like talking eyes ... congratulations ... more power to you.