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I felt like Mary Magdeline at the feet of Jesus.

She, I bathed her feet. Soaked them in a warm tub of water
with some good soap.
I dried her feet and legs
and lotioned them and rubbed them and put on her feet a nice pair of warm socks. And then I rubbed her feet again.

He, when the nurse came to see him she mentioned how dry his legs were
-checking for any swelling in his ankles-
Later, I asked if he would like some lotion on his legs-
He said "My feet. They are so dry they hurt."
I asked if any of the doctors or nurses at hospital had seen his feet,
and he said, no,
he'd kept his socks on the whole time
out of embarrassment.
I removed his socks and soothed his aching feet. I replaced his dirty socks
with clean fresh warm ones.

Twice, I thought of my childrens' beautiful toes-The same way I slipped their socks on,
scrunching the sock up with my fingers to slip over just the toes,
and then slipping the rest over the ball, the instep, the heel;
adjusting the ankle so,
making sure the sock was comfy.
I thought of how I'd kiss my babies' toes, and blow raspberries into their soles.

Me, the family black sheep,
the ner'-do-well poet, radical, freak-
at the feet of two I do worship.
Despite what lack of me is constantly the subject of conversation-
there,
they knew the love this daughter has for them.

Like a few other moments in my life
I felt the godliness-

forever etched-

------
Elizabeth Maksymiuk


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The following comments are for "Moment"
by emaks

Moment
tender,intimate and truthful. Thank you for sharing this.

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: October 9, 2006 )

Moment
I have to agree with Shannon. Thanks

( Posted by: wanda [Member] On: October 9, 2006 )

Emaks Love...
Elizabeth, beautiful these words and your godliness...I'm sure is not forgotten...good girl, good daughter, good mother...

Rave

( Posted by: ravenblack [Member] On: October 9, 2006 )

A moment please? - AUG, Wanda, Raven-
It's funny where we can find the blessings in moments of depletion. and muses, maybe...
thank you all for reading and commenting.
Shannon, I feel I shouldn't write, when I read you. You always blow me away. I hope to get around to commenting on poetry thread. "Chelle's Letter" and the play of sky and moon and sun, where particularly excellant. - My fun, I read your words with a bit of 'brogue'- it's especially lovely.

Wanda, ty again. I tried to say more in my comment on your lovely view.

Raven. I've said it before. Glad to see you, and thanks for looking in on me. It's nice to be told such encouraging things.

blessings all-
Elizabeth

( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: October 11, 2006 )

meant AMG (Auldguts) and Raven too
thats it for now....

( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: October 11, 2006 )

Lucie-
I would really like your thoughts on this, both because of your profession and because of my respect for you. It is not great poetry, but the heart behind it is enormous-
This will be off the front page by morning, and so, I'm seeking you out this way now.
I deleted my silly little entry from the other (3a.m.) morning. Have been running on caffeine and adreline of late, and although I appreciate your taking time to comment, it really wasn't something I put much thought into... just tired and "reflective" in an unproductive way. Poof- gone.
Thanks, Lucie. I do value your opinion, and your cyber-friendship.
blessings-
Elizabeth
p.s. I LOVE your neck of the woods...
Montreal, to my experience is beautiful, full of flowers, clean and friendly... only part of Canada I've ever been to, Quebec- Mostly Canadians are way cooler than we uptight, opinionated and arrogant U.S. folk. Just my 2 cents-

( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: October 12, 2006 )





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