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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Surprised (09/06/07)

TITLE: Did I Tell You?
By Linda Watson Owen
09/13/07


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Did I ever really tell you?
Did I tell you
how my mind searched in the farthest places for you?
I looked through windows of wonder
and doors of daring.
I ran through halls of heroes and tunnels of theory.
My mind came back full,
but sunset found me empty.
I could not find you there.

Did I ever tell you
how my heart searched the deepest places
for you?

I felt the warmth of worldly wisdom in a woman’s voice,
I leaned into man’s measure of kingdoms and power.
I spoke with convenient friends and drank their wine.
And my heart felt full until sunrise found me
empty.

Did I tell you
that I could not find you there?

My body searched for you.
With open arms flailing like a blind man’s,
I searched for your hand, your face,
your golden face
that feels like sun warmed blossoms and
a parent’s breath of being.
I found only where you might have been
or never was.
You were not there.

Did I ever tell you how I searched?

I looked for you.
I looked in music’s chords of voices calling,
in framed brushstrokes hanging mute on willing walls,
I looked in laughter’s embrace
and in sorrow’s sighs,
but you were not there.
I must have told you.
Did I never tell you?

It all disappeared when I stopped looking,
stopped searching,
when I
stopped.

* * *

then

My heart knew first
when the current of your presence whispered.
My body followed
when the warmth of paradise paraded in,
and
my mind awakened to the sunrise of
your song.

Did I tell you how it felt to be found,
there in the silence,
in the stillness of surrender,
as you knelt, reaching to envelope me
in your smiling wholeness.

Did I tell you how it felt to be surprised
by
Love?



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Dee Yoder 09/13/07
Oh! I'm speechless! This is so wonderfully beautiful. Splendid. It's perfect.
Sharlyn Guthrie09/13/07
Absolutely inspired!
Sherry Wendling09/13/07
I'm speechless. Absolutely in awe.
Dianne Janak09/14/07
Not only was this breathtaking and thought provoking and tear jerking and joy filling, this was a reminder of where most of us have been that searched for a long time, and where those we love may still be searching. All vanity. All empty. And you captured the wonder of it is this beautiful masterpiece! BRAVO!!!
Verna Cole Mitchell 09/15/07
Oh, this one is a keeper for sure, the most absolutely beautiful words for the best message of all.
Joanne Sher 09/15/07
Beautiful. I especially love the alliteration in the first stanza.
Laurie Glass09/15/07
What a mesmerizing poem. Such a nice flow and beautiful word choices. I love it.
Charla Diehl 09/16/07
Inspiring, beautiful and very meaningful. Thank you for this wonderful poem.
Pat Guy 09/17/07
Oh Linda! Tears blurred my vision as I tried to finish this masterpiece. This is beyond beauty my friend - it's beyond all that I could ever hope to write.

What a privledge to read such work - this is awesome!

Just so awesome!
Jan Ackerson 09/17/07
This is an exemplar of poetic language, particularly alliteration and imagery. You're just such a wonderful poet--you are blessed, and you bless us with every poem.
Loren T. Lowery09/17/07
Love…”found in the stillness of surrender...” so poetically put, so beautifully true. When words capture such truth what more can be added? Simply wonderful!
Catrina Bradley 09/17/07
Wow!! I'm awestruck.
Dianne Janak09/20/07
I'm celebrating with you Linda today for your much deserved win! SOOO happy to see your name there... and so glad others are being as blessed as I feel when I read your writing. CONGRATS... do something special today to celebrate!
Kristen Hester09/20/07
BEAUTIFUL!!! Congratulations!
Edy T Johnson 09/20/07
This is exceptional poetry. You have such a way with words and you weave them in such a fascinating tapestry that I'm sure I would need to actually analyze every sentence so I wouldn't miss something. Just awesome. I think I shall have to read more of your stuff. This is top-of-the-list winner for me.

Thank you, too, for taking time to read and leave a comment on my entry. Now I appreciate it even more, knowing it comes from such a delightful writer as you are.
Sheri Gordon09/20/07
Congratulations on your EC. I'm not a poetry person -- but this is beautiful. Excellent writing.
Sharlyn Guthrie09/20/07
Totally worthy of the recognition. I'm not a bit surprised :-) this gorgeous piece of poetry placed!
Carolyn Baney09/21/07
This just says it all so well! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

When I read something so insightful and moving, it leaves me speechless. I love that!
Beth LaBuff 09/24/07
Congratulations Linda. This is another beautiful entry. I especially like your MC's switch from the seeker to the one being found. These lines are so amazing, "I looked in music’s chords of voices calling, in framed brushstrokes hanging mute on willing walls, I looked in laughter’s embrace and in sorrow’s sighs"
--You are an artist!--

This is reminiscent of that beautiful poem "The Hound of Heaven".