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She crossed a wide ocean, during war times, in danger A life of adventure, of courage, of fear Yet, nothing reveals the hint of the years that have chiseled her wrinkles, but not dampened her cheer She pours me some tea, we relax in the shade Cool on the porch of a summertime day Honeysuckle vines circle the posts, Spider-webs glisten, hosts offer a toast. She chatters nonchalantly, so glib on the tongue, Of a war and the journey that left her alone To her, all these stories, are quite ordinary, I cling to each word, but she's here to assure me A true-life adventure. Inside the house, the counter is a clutter, piled high with dishes The old floor is sticky, and dog hair floats in prisms of light One old hound sleeps in the middle of the worn kitchen rug. Another lame Labrador laps water from a pie tin, dripping water from his sloppy face across the peeling checkered floor. Throughout the house, a lingering musky smell of well loved pets, and a stale, smoky odor of burnt toast from her attempt at breakfast. Servants, cooks, gardeners, part of a long ago past. The house is filled with dust covered, belongings History fills each corner to mingle, along with the dust motes that linger in air Junk mail, newspapers, dog treats, documents and clippings prized antiques and artifacts, ......just facts of life, from how she sees them On every shelf, and on the walls, are sepia-hued photographs Famous faces I have seen, on the news, and on the screen A handsome young man, and she was his bride A commander when the world took sides She followed him to the ends of the earth. And soon will gladly follow him to the grave I sit here now,...with this woman of many lives. Like one of the flowers on her porch, she wears a tattered, splattered dress. Today, she is a homespun, country widow. An extraordinary woman, this grand Duchess, yet now who bears traits of Ma Kettle She brought class, dignity, and a wealth of knowledge to our small country neighborhood,....... to my life. Here we are, together, so far from the world she once knew. We sit in the shade of her covered porch A long haired, grey cat jumps into her lap. Under the veil of a summer day I pour her another cup of tea, and a little more for myself. Tea is served, flavored with lemon....I have much more to drink in.....to savor. ________________________________________________________ A True Character....dear /Friend/and Neighbor (Kathleen Maitland) now deceased Whose husband was an aviation pioneer The most amazing couple I have ever known http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lester_J._Maitland Revised 10/21/14

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Date: 8/4/2015 8:55:00 AM
I love the love story a 7 and congratulations on your win. Hugs dear friend Eve
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Date: 8/4/2015 4:53:00 AM
Excellent, Carrie! You bring your character to life with your imagery and keen eye for detail. You manage to give her dignity even in old age. Curiosity got the best of me and I looked up her husband's long and amazing career. ~ Congrats on your deserved win! // paul
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Date: 8/4/2015 1:20:00 AM
Brilliant take Carrie and awesome first place win!Big congrats !
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Date: 8/3/2015 12:46:00 AM
Carrie, I can taste the lemon. Vivid details. I almost feel I know her.
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Date: 8/2/2015 11:50:00 PM
WOW, that was really something, Carrie Congratulations, on your win. Thank you for supporting my contest. SKAT
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Date: 11/4/2014 7:50:00 PM
What a pic u paint here Carrie! Real amazing write! Congrats on huge win !
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Date: 11/4/2014 8:38:00 AM
A very touching poem Carrie. I feel as if I see her there sitting on the porch drinking tea. Congratulations on your win.
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Date: 11/3/2014 8:04:00 PM
Carrie, congratulations on your high win for your lovely poem about your dear friend and neighbor. You really painted her so well with your descriptive words, and I enjoyed reading it very much. Sandra
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Date: 11/3/2014 7:24:00 PM
Amazing character sketch of Lady Kathleen, congrats on the win, carrie
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Date: 11/3/2014 4:44:00 PM
you brought this lady to life with your vivid description - fabulous write many congrats on your win:-) Hugs Jan xx
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Date: 11/3/2014 4:38:00 PM
A beautiful heartfelt write and winning poem Carrie. Congratulations on your top win!
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Date: 11/3/2014 11:52:00 AM
Another amazing write Carrie. Congratulations on your well deserved win.
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Date: 11/3/2014 10:46:00 AM
It was very enthralling, reading about this lady and the narrative is so rich in expression! Congratulations Carrie on an awesome win and write,, I fully enjoyed!!!!
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Date: 11/3/2014 11:20:00 AM
Thank you so much, Gautami! This is dedicated to the finest lady, who made such a difference in my life! thanks again!!
Date: 10/22/2014 11:57:00 AM
"Lady Kathleen" is a wonderful poem. I feel pain in heart when I read this poem. Such things have happened in our country too. This poem has come out of your heart very naturally. The muse of poetry has blessed you, Carrie. You have ended the poem with a positive note"Tea is served, flavored with lemon....I have much more to drink in.....to savor." Lemon is a symbol of positivism. Once again thank you Carrie for this splendid poem . love))))) rajat
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Date: 10/22/2014 9:54:00 AM
Speechless Carrie!You brought your character in my countryside,in my shade ,drinking from onr of my cuppas..An amazing true story..Favouring ut!Carrie you were a great inspirer of wide vocabulary in these six yrs here..You taught me a lot.Favouring it! :.)
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