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You Keep Me Grounded

You keep me grounded
to the soil of my soul
reminding me again
that my words matter
that they help scatter
misconceptions
making connections
pathways to inner places
leaving conjugated traces
of emotional bleeds
and epiphanies

you keep me grounded
when nothing pulls me back
and I float free
tired of poetic mediocrity
nothing new under the sun
not clever enough for that pun
heart sore and word desert bare
when I can't be bothered to care
you keep me grounded

you read the forgotten lines
find a charm, find a rhyme
something of beauty
a pleasure filled treasue
my effort you measure
and when my heart bleeds
you sound the alarm
checking on me
helping me to be
OK
you keep me grounded

Once again, I write
my muse metaphorically in flight
paradoxically poetic
for.....it's now clear to me
you keep me grounded....here

Dedicated to Richard Lamoureux!

Richard, thanks for the many many visits
and for making me want to stay
You keep me grounded
what can I say :)

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 8/27/2018 3:55:00 PM
In hard times it is always heartening to receive a welcome visit, a word of encouragement. Richard is capable of both, and more. A deserved tribute, Eileen. Hugs // paul
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 8/27/2018 3:59:00 PM
He asks when I don't visit him. Always making sure things are ok. I appreciate that. Thanks for the visit. Dear... check you soup mail.
Date: 8/10/2018 9:40:00 AM
Oh, Eileen! Always know you are one of the best!!!!
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Date: 8/4/2018 8:35:00 PM
Nice dedication to a good man and fine poet. I'm glad you stayed you would leave a vacuum here that would not be filled...by anyone. Hope you feel better soon!
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Date: 8/2/2018 3:37:00 PM
Glad to hear you are doing better Eileen, thanks for the visit.
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Date: 8/1/2018 6:09:00 AM
LOVE THIS, the flow, the rhyme and delivery are a succinct and complete awesome poem that delivers a straight hit to my poetry adrenaline. I've missed reading you, it has been too long. But what a great poem to first jump back into reading your talent. Poetry hugs ... CayCay
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 8/2/2018 2:10:00 AM
Thanks for the visit and kind words, dear. You always bring joy with your visits.
Date: 7/31/2018 4:31:00 PM
Ahh it is a really lovely poem and your tribute is awesome, Richard sure is a really nice guy, always encouraging and his visits are always a pleasure to see, just like you, it is because of poetrysoup that I am still writing my poems,when I started doing poetry last year, my poems were quite ordinary, with grammer and even spelling issues, but still they always encourage me and even sent me soupmails to make corrections to my mistakes, I totally love this community, good luck
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 8/2/2018 2:09:00 AM
Thank you, dear. Spent a few hours in the hospital. Had a minor surgery. I'm doing better now. Thanks for the concern.
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Faraz Ajmal
Date: 7/31/2018 4:32:00 PM
I see that you are having some health issues, so how are you now? I do hope that you are fine, I wish you a quick recovery and a really nice day
Date: 7/26/2018 7:57:00 AM
Sorry to hear you are having health issues. Thanks again for this wonderful dedication.
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Date: 7/24/2018 2:19:00 AM
Hi Eileen a great dedication to Richard, hope you are well my friend, all the best Poetowen
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/25/2018 4:13:00 PM
Thank you, Owen. I've been better. I'm on holiday, but am experiencing some health issues I hope to resolve soon. Thanks for the visit. I'm glad you like this dedication to Richard. He's always been a steadfast friend to me...
Date: 7/23/2018 11:28:00 AM
A wonderful dedication to Richard, a wonderful poet, as are you, Eileen. T.J
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/25/2018 4:14:00 PM
What a kind comment, Teppo. It is much appreciated.
Date: 7/23/2018 3:05:00 AM
A lovely tribute for a dear poet Eileen. We poets understand are here for each other. xxoo
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Date: 7/25/2018 4:18:00 PM
Thanks, Connie. Poet friends are dear, indeed.
Date: 7/22/2018 1:51:00 AM
Fine write, fine chap, Eileen. Viv x
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/25/2018 4:19:00 PM
I think so too! Thanks for the visit.
Date: 7/19/2018 7:48:00 AM
Hi Eileen, thanks for the dedication. I didn’t realize you posted it until you sent me the soup mail. Our son and his wife have been with us this week so I have spent little time here. I have tried to respond to when I have received visits on my posts but am even behind on that. This piece warms my heart.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/25/2018 4:21:00 PM
If it's warmed your heart, then I'm glad. Your many visits and words of encouragement have warmed my heart countless times. Stay blessed.
Date: 7/17/2018 3:15:00 PM
What a beautiful dedication for such a beautiful man! He is one who keeps me here also :) Keep your head up Majesty.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/25/2018 4:23:00 PM
I try, my dear. I'm struggling with some health issues at the moment. Hope to get it resolved. Yes... he is a beautiful soul... as are you, FJ. you are dear to my heart. I love it when you are active here. Hugs
Date: 7/16/2018 7:35:00 PM
We need friends like that. Richard is a great friend to you Eileen
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/25/2018 4:26:00 PM
Friends are a treasure. Richard has been loyal through the years. I know you have many dear to your heart here as well, Tim. True friends stand the test of time. Hugs
Date: 7/16/2018 4:33:00 PM
Very nice...It's great to have solid support...A lovely dedication...All the best Eileen
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/25/2018 4:28:00 PM
Thank you, Arturo. Richard has been a good supporter of my work. I appreciate his insights and advice. Thank you for the visit.
Date: 7/16/2018 3:43:00 PM
a beautiful thank you to richard, eileen! i can relate to how you feel about your words not mattering but i find that i'm really writing for myself and getting my thoughts into rhyme makes me feel good. of course, it's great to know that others are reading and even better when they comment, but i'll keep writing even if they don't...(hope you do, too! i enjoy your writing!)
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/25/2018 4:32:00 PM
You keep writing and we will keep reading! Thanks for the visit. I'll be by to visit soon. Hugs
Date: 7/16/2018 10:55:00 AM
Well written narrative Eileen, hats off to Richard for keeping you grounded. Tom
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/16/2018 11:49:00 AM
Thank you, Tom. There are many here who are my friends and who visit me. Richard is not a reciprocal visitor. He visits whether or not I've visited him. He visits when I'm away. I was feeling very detached from this place when today I got comments on about ten of my poems from Richard. It made me feel appreciated. Thanks for the visit.