November 22, 2010

it's there....

if you want to see it
if you turn your head to the right
if you use your finger and outline it
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tell me
where yours is today
~
on your sleeve perhaps
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tell me you see the heart above
and
then
tell me yours is swollen with love
that it's too big for your chest
that the pain is gone
that the broken feeling it once had has disappeared
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tell me your heart cries when your child is hurt
that it dances when you smile
that it beats loud enough to be heard when your loved ones are around
that it feels everything when your eyes are too tired to see
and
that it didn't absorb the ugly words that were thrown at it back in high school
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tell me that others feel your heart long before they see you enter a room
go ahead
tell me
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39 comments:

  1. What a beautiful photo! Always love your photography and writing! Great work!

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  2. Beautiful! Of course I see the heart...and yes I wear mine all too often on my sleeve. Some say I love too much and too deeply. I say I can't help it...it's part of who I am...so yes my heart is swollen with love...and I am grateful to have this capicity to love inspite of the shoes I've walked in. Beautiful amazing post. Happy Monday to you and yours. :)

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  3. Awww the heart... I'm working on those broken places as there is still a "dad" sized hole to heal lodged firmly in mine... But thanks for the reminder to keep looking for it and I will hope mine swells as big as yours does in this post :)

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  4. Awesome picture.....I love how you capture things.....it is so peaceful..and I always look forward to reading your blog..

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  5. Beth I saw the heart right away, I so wish I could write like you. This has just made my day more joyous, some peoples hearts are sent to us through their keyboards, truly beautiful. You are a very very special woman, I just can not say that enough.

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  6. Great way to start the week!

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  7. your heart is showing ... always

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  8. I see it, and I feel yours. My heart is swollen with abundant joy and love for my friends and family that I enjoy everyday of my life...not just Thankgiving Holidays! I love your heart Beth!

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  9. oh, Beth,
    my heart loves yours.

    Happy Thanksgiving Week .

    I give thanks for you.

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  10. Waaaaah! I can't see it. Should I fake it? No. I'll be honest. If I use my imagination perhaps I know where it is but honestly, I'm not seeing a true heart.
    The picture is gorgeous none-the-less and I adore what you have written. Love, love, love it.

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  11. Honestly...I would hope so...but I have been struggling with it.

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  12. I see it! And mine is full and overflowing!

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  13. Really like the photograph and the post.

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  14. Beautiful post . . . I'd love to think that people can feel my heart before I walk into a room.

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  15. Deeply beautiful in every way
    ...oh my heart is swollen with it!
    Love the love in this.
    I'm richer for having dropped by
    today.
    Thank you.
    -Jennifer

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  16. I see it. The rest is a work in progress. Beautiful post, Beth.

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  17. I do see the heart. Your heart is revealed through your beautiful words. Somedays are just difficult to feel that happy heart, but I am looking.

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  18. I wish I could tell you everything you listed, but at least some are there. I do loooovvveee your header picture though (don't know if its new or if its been here a while, but I think its a great shot)

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  19. Oh yes, I do see it.

    Swollen with love, here!
    Blessed with loved ones, too.

    Great post.

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  20. It DOES dance when I smile- it does!
    Beautiful post.
    I smiled when I read it- therefore: a Dance:)

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  21. I see it...! And yes mine dances, too. Lovely photo and post.

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  22. Beth, It's wonderful to see things in nature that speak to us as you did, isn't it? You have been given a gift that is like a growing heart spreading to those who touch you. I have been blessed by your words and I give thanks for your love even though we don't know each other. And I also give thanks to your family for sharing you.
    My two daughters are 26 yrs., and 30yrs., and I am 49. I raised them alone with many rough patches. One year when my youngest was 14, she gave me a small golden heart which is approx. 1/4" that she bought with her own babysitting money at the time. When I opened it that Christmas she told me, "Mom, this heart is to put on your chain with your cross, so you will never have a broken heart again." Ever since that day I have felt different. And I have realized we all have the power to find happiness everyday ~ if we just look.
    Beth you have that gift. And I thank you for sharing your gift the way you do, you are a braver soul than I, Mary Lou

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  23. I see the heart above and it's beautiful. My heart is swollen and ready to burst with gratitude and love this Thanksgiving week. I hope that others feel my heart before they see me - and that they continue to feel it after I leave.

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  24. I see it. Right now my heart is just a little bit tired, but it's there where it always is, on my sleeve. but mostly, yes, what you said.

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  25. I see it. I love deeply. I wear my heart way out on my sleeve. It's been broken but it fixes itself with love. Always.

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  26. Absolutely beautiful words.

    My heart is finally safe. The pain it used to take from the wrong people constantly abusing it with failed friendships is now being obliterated. Most of it has already been healed, and the little bits I'm still finding are being systematically vaporized. And replaced with more tendrils of sweet, sweet love.

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  27. Lovely. Photo and words both.

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  28. I swear your words are something I would expect to read while standing an old book store, paging through a book of poetry by an unknown author.
    Beautiful

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  29. i love your place here, beth. i love the way you engage. and how your heart beats off the page. and yes, sometimes, it feels my body cannot contain my heart for its pulse. it hurts, this love divine.

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  30. Beautiful post and beautiful reminder!

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  31. That really touched me as my family is far, far away and I'm missing them with a swollen heart. Thanks for opening yours to me. xxoo

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  32. Yes, I see the heart. And yes to all of the above, except the pain is not gone, it lingers and reminds now and then.

    Beautiful post, Beth, you are truly gifted.

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  33. The last line is a gem. One can all aspire to and hope to get close to that place.

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  34. it's so interesting how many hearts can be found in nature. goes to show you it has a beat all its own, doesn't it? my heart is definitely swelled this morning with the love i have for all my blogging friends. the support they give me during difficult times is phenomenal. have a great day.

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  35. Hello Beth. Lovely photo. :)
    It reminds me of photos taken by a friend of mine. She captures hearts everywhere as well. She says when she sees a heart, it's a reminder that you are loved. :)

    This is a link to the 'heart' group of posts on her blog:

    http://nowiswowtoo.blogspot.com/search/label/heart

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  36. I actually see more than one heart:) And I love to listen to yours...

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  37. I see it. And I certainly hope they can feel my heart long before I enter, and long after I leave.

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**I love reading the comments you leave, as they make me feel like we're sitting in my kitchen, having a cup of tea, discussing life and wondering where all the time has gone ...beth