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Gentle

gentle the rub of the years
gentle the wane of the spark
gentle the tilt of my thoughts
gentle the press of the dark
gentle the clutch of my hand
gentle the break of my voice
gentle the shiver of stop
gentle the ending of choice





12 September 2019


I wrote this poem as a personal reflection a while back, only for myself, and I  posted it the other day on a whim. Now it is POTD, I’m wondering if I should explain what it’s about!

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Date: 10/11/2019 5:48:00 PM
I love the last one. The ending of choice. The older I get the less I seem to get to choose. Huh? Odd... Love the poem. You are an excellent poet. Ann
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Date: 10/13/2019 5:41:00 AM
Thank you very much Ann. I appreciate it. Here’s to choosing as long as we possibly can...
Date: 9/18/2019 3:18:00 PM
Gentle seems to be an opposite to what is happening here. Sounds like you were taken advantage of. Congratulations on POTD!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 10/13/2019 5:40:00 AM
Thank you Kim. Fortunately I have not personally been taken advantage of. At some point in our lives we all have to surrender control and we just have to pray that the people around us at the time do the right thing by us.
Date: 9/18/2019 3:06:00 PM
I love this Nina! A belated congratulations on your most deserving POTD honor! : ) xxoo
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 10/13/2019 5:38:00 AM
Thank you Connie :-)
Date: 9/18/2019 2:53:00 PM
I felt this as if someone I loved had just died...very emotive. So simple and powerful. Congrats on your POTD!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 10/13/2019 5:38:00 AM
Thank you very much Jeanne.
Date: 9/18/2019 9:47:00 AM
A gentle congrats on POTD my friend. Not sure how I missed this one but I am glad I finally woke up and stopped by.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 10/13/2019 5:38:00 AM
Why thank you Chris! I miss weeks of POTDs sometimes.
Date: 9/17/2019 8:44:00 PM
The affecting beauty of your poem kindles my heart and imagination, Nina. A gorgeous gem with facets of possibilities. Congratulations on your wonderful and well deserved recognition with POTD honors. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 10/13/2019 5:37:00 AM
A big belated thank you Susan!
Date: 9/17/2019 7:21:00 AM
No, I wouldn’t. This causes one to be introspective. Myself It conjured up thoughts on aging. Congrats on POTD
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/17/2019 9:50:00 AM
No, I don't really like to tell, I like to leave it up to the reader but I wondered if this one was a little too veiled. Hard to tell when you've written it! Thank you Richard :-)
Date: 9/15/2019 2:05:00 PM
Congratulations on this being honored as POTD! This is a wonderful verse, I love this, Nina. A favorite for me.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/17/2019 9:49:00 AM
Well thank you very much Sandra, that's very kind :-)
Date: 9/15/2019 12:22:00 PM
Our brain works in wondrous ways my friend - congratulations on POTD why care what it means now, it must have meant something to you at the time. Hugs and blessings. Jennifer.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/17/2019 9:48:00 AM
Thank you - yes a little musing, I never expected so many people to share it with me. Isn't poetry wonderful that way?
Date: 9/15/2019 11:43:00 AM
A little gem Nina, congrats on POTD.Tom
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/17/2019 9:48:00 AM
Thank you very much Tom :-)
Date: 9/15/2019 10:35:00 AM
Gentle the depth of your thoughts; gentle the touch of your words... Congrats on POTD for this poignant piece, Nina. John
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/17/2019 9:47:00 AM
Thank you very much indeed John. Appreciate it.
Date: 9/15/2019 9:54:00 AM
Very deep.. Congrats on potd..
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/17/2019 9:47:00 AM
thank you very much SO :-)
Date: 9/15/2019 6:00:00 AM
- Congratulations on yours p.o.t.d., Nina :) - Well done :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/17/2019 9:47:00 AM
Thank you sunshiney lady!
Date: 9/14/2019 8:57:00 PM
This poignantly framed piece speaks for itself perfectly, Nina! (No need for an explanation). The wonder of it is how it speaks to and works for the whole spectrum of opinions on end-of-life matters. Congrats. Richly deserved. Best wishes, Gershon
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/17/2019 9:46:00 AM
Ah thank you Gershon. May we all retain our choice right to the end. :-)
Date: 9/14/2019 8:18:00 PM
There are so many moments and emotions within. Different meanings- the heart can gather. Congratulations Nina, on Poem of the Day. ~ Brandy
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/17/2019 9:46:00 AM
Thank you Brandy. It's about a lot of things really :-) Thanks for coming by!
Date: 9/14/2019 6:41:00 PM
"gentle the ending of choice" I pray mine is so...Congratulations Nina on POTD...
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Date: 9/14/2019 4:02:00 PM
Congrats on POTD!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/17/2019 9:45:00 AM
Thank you x
Date: 9/14/2019 1:35:00 PM
Congratulations for POTD :)
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/17/2019 9:45:00 AM
Thank you x
Date: 9/14/2019 11:50:00 AM
Back to say congrats on potd!;)
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/17/2019 9:45:00 AM
Thanks Brenda ! :-D
Date: 9/14/2019 11:49:00 AM
Congrats on POTD
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/17/2019 9:45:00 AM
Thank you Ashok :-)
Date: 9/14/2019 10:38:00 AM
I see you have great faith, Nina! Lovely poem, and Congratulations. It reminds me of the Psalm 18:35. Thy Gentleness Has Made Me Great.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/14/2019 11:00:00 AM
Ah now it's not actually about faith at all (I'm an aetheist) but it's always fascinating finding out what other people find in my poems! I wish every commenter told me because it's lovely to know what happens when someone lets your poem live for a few moments in their own head!
Date: 9/14/2019 9:54:00 AM
Congrats on POTD Mo...
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/14/2019 11:00:00 AM
I'll pass on your congrats Joseph! Nina :-)
Date: 9/14/2019 4:22:00 AM
dropping back with congrats on POTD you sure made me smile:-) hugs Jan xx
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/14/2019 11:02:00 AM
Jan, was this comment meant for Mo? x Nina :-)
Date: 9/14/2019 3:12:00 AM
Hey Congrats!! gentle Nina lol on your POTD!!...you've got the gentle touch...Sending gentle poetic hugs...^WW^ :o)
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/14/2019 11:02:00 AM
Thanks Wingy!
Date: 9/13/2019 8:09:00 AM
Very nice Nina! So gentle... brought a smile to my face this early morn!;)
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/14/2019 11:03:00 AM
Ah thank you Brenda :-)
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