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Between Happiness And Sadness

Between happiness and sadness
 —silence; an angel prays:

I kiss the loneliness of old people, 
their temples like handfuls of winter; 
their hearts
are used baggage, 
waiting; 
memories speak to them, 
they smile and
tell me stories from their youth 
—sadness falls; 
silence passes unspoken
—they remember the dead. 

I kiss the loneliness from their temples
and sadness lifts from their mouths.

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From my first book: 'In Forbidden Language'

©dah / Stillpoint Books 2010
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Date: 7/24/2016 9:27:00 AM
I like this.
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Date: 3/28/2016 11:08:00 AM
In there is a sense of celebration. "They remember the dead" "silence unbroken". Great imagery
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Date: 3/17/2014 3:50:00 PM
I kiss the loneliness of old people.... you are love...
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Date: 2/17/2014 12:06:00 PM
Enjoyed your poem Dah, though I don't agree that all old people fit into this catigory, I know quite a few old people who could teach us all a thing or two, are quite witty and full of life, As for me I intend to be the the life and soul of the party till my very last breath :) love and best wishes Elizabeth
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Dah Helmer
Date: 2/28/2014 11:51:00 AM
Thank you, and I didn't use adjective "all". And thank you for reading. Bravo, Poet!
Date: 2/14/2014 11:47:00 PM
Dah . Happy valentines, A nice warm WELCOME to poetry soup. You will enjoy the community, we are one big happy family. (Drama & Love. LOL) ~ Take Care!! From: your new poet friend @-> LINDA <-@
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Dah Helmer
Date: 2/28/2014 11:51:00 AM
Thank you!
Date: 2/13/2014 1:40:00 AM
Excellent word and image coupling...very deft use of subject matter, art and virtue...clever name you have...
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Dah Helmer
Date: 2/28/2014 11:52:00 AM
So happy to read that this piece resonates with you. Thank you!
Date: 2/11/2014 10:59:00 AM
You are off to a good start with this first entry. I'll bet you have much more talented material to display here.
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Dah Helmer
Date: 2/12/2014 7:41:00 AM
Thank you.
Date: 2/9/2014 10:26:00 PM
Enjoyed this much-ly (that's my made up word.) means I felt and enjoyed it immensely. I have just became ( newly old ) it means a lot to know that someday there may be someone like you, who will listen to my memories and put a smile on my once sadden mouth/ lips / face.When that's all we have left is our stories to share.
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Dah Helmer
Date: 2/11/2014 8:59:00 AM
I am happy this resonates with you. Thank you.
Date: 2/3/2014 11:37:00 PM
WOW... a stunning and deeply emotional write.... :)
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Dah Helmer
Date: 2/4/2014 12:01:00 PM
Thank you.
Date: 2/3/2014 8:43:00 PM
I loved everything about this....reminded me of all my grandparents....I even remember three of my great grandparents...outstanding....
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Date: 2/4/2014 12:02:00 PM
Yes, memories are like 8mm film, flickering, faded, ghostly. Thank you.
Date: 2/3/2014 6:15:00 PM
Welcome to the soup, love your gentle expressionary words here, well done love your emotions the elder have so much to give, if given the chance, Here in the USA they are rarely given a chance to do so. A soft sweet write here lady looking forward to reading more of your works in the future. cher
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Dah Helmer
Date: 2/4/2014 12:05:00 PM
Thank you, and I have never been called a "lady" before. Yes, old people are lovely. I should know from experience.
Date: 2/3/2014 5:32:00 PM
Wow Dah, this is a very good write you have here! I like it, dark and deep, yet your imagery is so powerful! Great write! :) I know I live in the past sometimes, because they made me smile more then. I like the message you have here. Welcome to PoetrySoup, you'll fit right in! :)
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Dah Helmer
Date: 2/4/2014 1:08:00 PM
Thank you for this powerful comment. Looking forward ...
Date: 2/3/2014 5:14:00 PM
This is very good. I can so relate to it. I am old and I do sometimes live on memories from the past. Thanks for sharing and for reading my poem. Lucilla
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Dah Helmer
Date: 2/4/2014 1:09:00 PM
Thank you for this wonderful comment, and reading your poem was my pleasure.
Date: 2/3/2014 4:42:00 PM
Beautifully arranged with touching inspiration
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Dah Helmer
Date: 2/4/2014 1:10:00 PM
Thank you.
Date: 2/3/2014 2:24:00 AM
very beautiful lines.
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Dah Helmer
Date: 2/3/2014 9:38:00 AM
Thank you.
Date: 2/2/2014 2:58:00 PM
- Warm welcome to PoetrySoup,Dah- I choose your first very well written poem - hope you will write many more in the future :) - Hope you will be satisfied with our "soup family" - we are many .. but has plenty of room for you too- PoetrySoup Rule1: Be kind and keep PoetrySoup a haven. PoetrySoup is a drama free zone(Comment on the poetry of others and they will comment on yours.) Thank you posted your words and thoughts here, I want to come back to read more another day. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
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Dah Helmer
Date: 2/3/2014 9:38:00 AM
Thank you.
Date: 2/2/2014 1:06:00 PM
Dah, I know this place very well, where can I find the book... . Your first poem on the soup is excellent for the readers!! Stopping by with a nice, sweet Welcome to Poetry Soup. Wishing you the best when it comes to your poems. I hope you get to meet all the nice poets around here. Starting with me. SKAT :-) Please drop a hello and tell me a little about yourself if you like. I would like to be your newest poetry soup "FRIEND". Hugs* SKAT"
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Dah Helmer
Date: 2/3/2014 9:41:00 AM
Thank you. If interested in my first book, copy this into Amazon Book search: "in forbidden language/dah" The book has a dozen 5 STAR reviews, which gives a sense of what the book is about. Thank you, again.
Date: 2/2/2014 12:17:00 PM
congrats on a first book. Wish all mine did not go out of print!!
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Dah Helmer
Date: 2/3/2014 9:42:00 AM
Thank you. My third is coming out this year. Congratulations on you books.
Date: 2/2/2014 12:16:00 PM
gosh, you need to post more poems. If they are anything like this one, outstanding images!! A FAVE for this one.
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Dah Helmer
Date: 2/3/2014 9:43:00 AM
Thank you for this lovely praise. Bravo to you, Poet.