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Topic: Surprised (09/06/07)
TITLE: Did I Tell You?
By Linda Watson Owen
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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
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
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,
* * *
My heart knew first
when the current of your presence whispered.
My body followed
when the warmth of paradise paraded in,
my mind awakened to the sunrise of
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
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