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This is dedicated to my grandmother Anne Beatrice Cooke. My father's mother. She loved how her initials were ABC, since she was a 4th grade school teacher.

Tonight, my grandmother composes the meal. As the stew mists, she is like a wife-talking and dancing with the dinner as an old friend and advisor. She courts spices with new steps and song, then suddenly, she spins towards me in her spell and says, “Life is first separated, then put back together.” Candles glow on the table, which are both the moon and the sun, caught together with amber flames and cool opal receptive wax. The plates are empty clocks, but once filled with food, each bite becomes a second of her. Her knowledge and her sights of the world. I am now a silver cup, overflowing with life. From her permanence, I shall saturate all with my poetry from memories of the family tree. January 21st 1996 From Chapbook Songs From Stars Contest: Have You Published Sponsor: Line Gauthier

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Date: 11/24/2020 2:17:00 PM
Congrats Chantelle on your win-- I too was very close to my Nana, and still miss her after 40 years!
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Date: 11/24/2020 7:53:00 AM
Congratulations on your win. I love your line, "with my poetry from memories of the family tree." Life is made up of memories. The ABC and being a teacher must have been a ton of fun for her. Enjoy your wonderful win and day.................
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Date: 11/24/2020 3:50:00 AM
Such a beautiful poem and entry. Congrats on your win. This is a blessing to read. God bless you my friend
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Date: 11/24/2020 3:30:00 AM
Chantelle, congratulations in Line's, Have You Published with this beautiful poem, each line, each word is amazing _Constance
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Date: 11/24/2020 2:26:00 AM
Such an enchanting write dear Chantelle. I love most the last stanza, 'I am now a silver cup, overflowing with life. From her permanence, I shall saturate all with my poetry from memories of the family tree.' Congratulations.
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Date: 5/6/2020 5:46:00 AM
Tasty!. I like this Poem Its pen Was forged With spices
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Date: 2/4/2019 5:01:00 PM
this is just adorable , the ABC thing and everything about her!! Just getting an idea what you like in free verse. I have SO many free verse poem but I am guessing you are very versatile in what you like!!
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Date: 2/2/2019 12:19:00 PM
Bravo Chantelle bravo. A lilting, poignant, aesthetic poem that lingers after reading.
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Date: 2/1/2019 12:46:00 PM
wowa...exxxxquisite...your grandmother spoke an 'elders' (love) language seemingly less experienced/ heard these metricated digital days
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Date: 2/1/2019 11:12:00 AM
No words to describe how lovely the poem is! :)
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Date: 1/31/2019 10:18:00 PM
Love this one! 'The plates are empty clocks, but once filled with food, each bite becomes a second of her.' It's just brilliant, and soft, and tender, and full o the sights, sounds and smells of a warm kitchen. Absolutely Vivid!
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Date: 1/31/2019 11:19:00 AM
Love this Chantelle, it just exudes love, well done...
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Date: 1/31/2019 7:38:00 AM
Hi Chantelle, this is such a beautiful write. Does not the most potent poetry come from memories within lige. You have sung from the heart and forth does come an excellent write. Have a wonderful Thursday. Hugs....Mike. XX
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Date: 1/30/2019 9:15:00 PM
So beautiful!
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Date: 1/30/2019 9:15:00 PM
"each bite becomes a second of her knowledge and her sights of the world." So beautifully written. This is where our poems come from - from our life and our loves.
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