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Gathering Wool

Cleaning out one of your drawers,
I remove your beautiful woven sweaters
     one    by    one
    pausing           to hold up to my face
the blue one   that matched so perfectly
                  the color of your eyes.,

Deep sadness wells up in me
    as a few of my tears 
          wet the part  of it  where I’d slyly
              slip my fingers underneath
                            to touch your skin.
I place it on the bed nicely folded
and finish collecting the other sweaters.

Each one reminds me 
                                 of a special place we went
of a time when it was 
                                 you and me together.
And each one reminds me of
      the way I would snuggle against your chest.
These sweaters were a part  
                     of your charm and your warmth.

They will be taken to the Goodwill store
                          but for now 
                                               just     for    now
I let my tears flow. . . 
                                    gathering wool


For  Madison Demetros' "Move Me and Others" Poetry Contest
Now for Mark Toney's  2019 Poetry Marathon Mile 14 Poetry Contest

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Date: 12/20/2017 11:07:00 PM
:'( Andrea, congratulations on your win! Hugs Eve ~`*
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Date: 12/20/2017 3:05:00 PM
Superb expression of love nd longing in this bittersweet piece, Andrea! Congrats! Janice
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Date: 12/20/2017 8:40:00 AM
This is a lovely poem, Andrea - full of warmth, feelings, and memories. Congratulations to you on your win! Happy holidays to you and yours!! :) Bartholomew
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Date: 12/20/2017 12:39:00 AM
Congratulations on your win, Andrea - blessings and happy holidays to you and yours! :-)
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Date: 12/19/2017 6:30:00 PM
The knitter in me loves this one so much. I keep all my old knits and still wear some I made 30 years ago. Congratulations on this winning entry Andrea.
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Date: 10/20/2016 9:49:00 AM
I do remember this gem, Andrea, and I loved reading it again. Congratulations on your placement in this Premiere Contest. Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 10/20/2016 9:45:00 AM
I loved this the first time I read it, once again, a wonderful winning poem Andrea!! Congrats to you once more !!
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Date: 10/20/2016 8:53:00 AM
Back to say congratulations Andrea for making the short list of winners. I remember this poem. Very moving. So glad it placed:)
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Date: 10/20/2016 8:19:00 AM
This is so beautiful, I'm glad it was chosen otherwise I might have missed this gem. Congrats Andrea.
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Date: 10/20/2016 7:56:00 AM
Andrea, this is bittersweet and beautiful! I was still teared up from reading some of the other great winning poems; then I read yours! A 7 for sure! Janice
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Date: 8/26/2016 6:20:00 PM
Congratulations on your win.
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Date: 8/26/2016 6:15:00 PM
Great, Andrea. Love the line, "where I’d slyly slip my fingers underneath." Congrats! :-)
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Date: 8/26/2016 3:26:00 PM
Andrea, your poem deeply touched my heart...it brought back some sad memories for me...Congratulations on your nice placement in the contest. Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 8/26/2016 12:31:00 PM
Andrea, congratulations on your win! Tears I have collected reading this very heartfelt poem....... great job.... Hugs Eve
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Date: 8/26/2016 12:03:00 PM
Dropping back again with my congrats Andrea:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 8/26/2016 11:03:00 AM
So sad but I'm glad you revisited its post. I must have missed it the first time. Congratulations Andrea...
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Date: 8/26/2016 10:30:00 AM
ANdrea, "just for now, I let my tears flow, gathering wool..." the best ending line maybe I have ever read...beautiful lady...congrats on your placement and thank you for being a part of my contest :)-luloo
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Date: 7/15/2016 8:22:00 PM
Congrats on your win Andrea
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Date: 7/15/2016 11:36:00 AM
Andrea, such a sad story told with this poem...but real at the same time for all of us...congrats on your placement and thank you for being a part of my contest :)-luloo
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Date: 4/26/2016 7:23:00 AM
I love this Andrea - brought tears to my eyes. Fiona
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Date: 4/17/2016 7:37:00 AM
Wow, this is so poignant. Very nice write.
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Date: 4/13/2016 10:25:00 AM
Very lovely! I like it so much. Congratulations for the wonderful poem and win my dear friend, Andrea. love and hugs, Galeo
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Date: 4/12/2016 8:05:00 AM
Hi Andrea. Congrats for your placement with this emotional verse!!! ;-)
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Date: 4/11/2016 11:19:00 PM
Very brilliant write n well matched title. Truly impressive.~7~..........hugs
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Date: 4/11/2016 7:41:00 PM
Hi Andrea, Congrats on your win with this very touching and sad poem. The imagery surrounding the sweater is stunning. Cheers, Brian
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