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· Memories of my Childhood - God is in the Details

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· On Mortality and The Butterfly Effect


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· Reparations

· Purgatory

· Running from the Rain

· Concentric Convergence

· Phoenix Reborn

· It All Fades in Time Anyway - redux

· A Grain of Sand Among Ten Billion (Deanna [Batson] Love Tribute)

· Beneath the Twilight Stars (Valerie Pearson collab)

· the frosted rose begins to thaw (Collab with Cat)

· razor's edge (toying with an idea for a song)

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  Sanctuary
by Jeff Mason
Saturday, January 03, 2004


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She played my heart like Spades
Every card I drew ... trumped
Oh, sure
The cards were marked
I think they came that way
She just learned the marks; memorized them

Defeated at every turn
I squandered my fortune of emotion
And any edge I ever had
Bet it ALL on her;
And lost

But... the pot was there for the taking
I could never sandbag very well;
No poker face on me;
Always wearing my heart on my sleeve
The cards had long been stacked against me

Then you came to the table
You sheltered me and called my bluffs
Never asking questions -- you knew every card I held
Never once assuming anything -- you knew every rule
No presumptions; no pretense -- your cards were always spades
Ever encouraging me -- teaching me how to trump the Trumps

Your heart was fire in every move
My sanctuary... found at last
You shielded me as partner from the start
And led my hand to treasures I would have never known

I sought asylum in the wisdom of your play
From persecution I had known in so many games before
And you showed me your hand without reservation
And shared your life's hard-learned lessons with me

I was unprepared for your brutal honesty
And blinded by the losses of my past
You won my heart with deftest sleight of hand
And taught me wily ways I'd only dreamed of

Until you graced my life,
I was never victor in the game
Always locked outside the winner's circle

You braved my lack of understanding
Brought me to newfound success
And in your subtle teachings,
Removed the damning lock with those three words
And gave to me yourself,
The grandest windfall
I could ever hope to have.

Copyright . 2003 Jeff Mason




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Reviewed by ***** ********* (Reader) 1/6/2004
Nice use of metaphor, smart use of simile and intelligent pacing making the piece flow with increasing dramatic vigor! The ending seals it all: the confessional tone and the admission of Love... Great writing, Jeff!
Reviewed by Al Swanson (Reader) 1/5/2004
I just loved this Jeff, this was really High, and so adorened too, with all the elemnets, missing ones included, a poem every man falls into, when the time perfect, I am glad you learned the game, sublties and all, a l
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 1/5/2004
Jeff this is incredibly beautiful. Scanturaries are so few and each one we find is precious. Speaks to the soul with intense honesty.
Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader) 1/4/2004
BRILLIANT work, Jeff!
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 1/4/2004
Then you came to the table
You sheltered me and called my bluffs
Never asking questions -- you knew every card I held
Never once assuming anything -- you knew every rule
No presumptions; no pretense -- your cards were always spades
Ever encouraging me -- teaching me how to trump the Trumps

Jeff!!! YOU have outdone yourself with this write..the yes of the Beloved should be aware of these precious words...
Superb write...:)

Vesna
Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader) 1/4/2004
So unique.

You held me with this Jeff......Amazing...intense poetry.

ty, Dani
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/4/2004
Fascinating composition, Jeff. Truly enjoyed!
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 1/4/2004
An interest angle to matters of the heart.

Carmen
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/4/2004
This struck a nerve...it's beautiful and just plain wonderfully written Jeff!!

I like to play cards....by I building cardhouses...not poker!!

Love tinka
Reviewed by Sandy Knauer 1/3/2004
Another great job! I love it. Also love spades.. when I'm not writing, I'm in Playsite ;-)
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 1/3/2004
Outstanding write....poetic perfection...love n luck....BHUWAN
Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang 1/3/2004
What a Romantic, Beautiful and
Loving Poem! Excellent!
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 1/3/2004
Fantastic loving write!
Reviewed by jude forese 1/3/2004
an excellent poem on unconditional love ...
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/3/2004
Exceptional poetry Jeff! Beautifully crafted, a joy to read!
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 1/3/2004
"I could ever hope to have." great personal piece Jeff, hope she likes it. I just wrote a poem called "Hope." I hope you read it. This hope thing is addictive. Cheers G
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 1/3/2004
This was outstanding, I loved this poem very much, Excellent poetry!

Reindeer
Reviewed by Brittany Renée 1/3/2004
Remarkably well written. I like how there are no periods for the punctuation but there are semi-colons and such. It is smooth and clean. I like the cleanliness and it's very sweet and tender. Good job!! I really liked it. It's not choppy either. Smooth and sweet.

Like a twilight of candlelight is shining upon a barely lit room. That's what it reminds me of.

In Prayer, Brittany

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