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Amazing Grace

by Karl Waldbauer

Grace sang La Vie en Rose
and then I knew
it’s time to remove the tinted glasses.
I want to drink experience,
to publish my story,
to write my final chapters
before a hand scrawls my post script.
I will soar through each paragraph,
crossing T’s and dotting I’s,
absorbing all, ignoring none.
in short supply,
always was, my friend.

What souvenir can I find to remind you of my journey here?
I’ll bring you a piece of a thundercloud
so you never lack for water.
I’ll leave you with a lion’s roar
to enjoy when you think of me on warm, star filled nights
in the desert‘s gentle embrace.
I will send pure light to nourish you,
for your delight in a dappled wood.
A box will arrive
marked with your name.
Open and enjoy
smiles from around the world.
Use them freely,
give them away.
It’s okay,
they’re self renewing.

Grace sang her song.
I removed my glasses,
gazing into a million stars.


Posted on 01/07/2004
Copyright © 2022 Karl Waldbauer

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Leslie Ann Eisenberg on 01/07/04 at 07:33 AM

I want to.....write my final chapters before a hand scrawls my post script. .....and what a legacy you leave in just this piece. this is stunning beyond belief. an absolute masterpiece in emotion, subtle imagery, and flow. you should be proud to wear it all on your sleeve, the way you so beautifully do, my friend!

Posted by Jean Mollett on 01/07/04 at 07:47 AM

Hi Karl, Amazing Grace, it's Beautiful, simply Beautiful. I agree with Leslie.

Posted by Michele Schottelkorb on 01/07/04 at 07:52 AM

this is pure beauty... if you can describe a poem that way, than this is what i see... blessings...

Posted by Jeanne Marie Hoffman on 01/29/04 at 05:56 AM

I really like the message of this, and I thought the closing stanza was quite lovely

Posted by Thomas K. Hunt on 04/19/04 at 06:12 PM

A beautiful read...the imagery is outstanding..a box of smiles....love it

Posted by Indigo Tempesta on 10/06/04 at 03:51 PM

absolutely lovely - the voice is soothing and kind. i think the opening is the strongest point in the poem.

Posted by Leslie Ann Eisenberg on 03/26/06 at 05:37 PM

i voted POTD oh so long ago. how wonderful to see it on the front page today. congrats, karl. it's great to have you around again. :)))PK

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 04/04/06 at 06:16 PM

Karl, the beauty in this piece is universal, because ultimately we all write our final chapters. Each word of the lines bears a shared significance, yet it's open to add personal touches within individual experience.

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 05/12/06 at 10:27 PM

I certainly could use a box of smiles right now. A beautiful pice, filled with great imagery. Really loved it- sorry I missed it until now. Loved the message and the part about writing the final chapters. GREAT PIECE!

Posted by Brynn Dizack on 08/09/06 at 02:46 PM

Grace sang her song.
I removed my glasses,
gazing into a million stars.

Ah! Such beauty in simplicity. Lovely finish.

Posted by Ann Krischus on 10/05/06 at 03:34 PM

i just added this to my list of favorites

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 11/18/06 at 02:05 AM

This is a challenge to live life fully understanding how short it is.

Posted by Scott Utley on 12/02/08 at 02:01 PM

Random favorites Dec 2 2008 6:00 Leaving me wistful, full of longing, lonely, sad ... and impressed.

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