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Tonight, Take Me as I Am

Updated on December 20, 2015
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The cold wind blows under my tattered jacket

Yet I can’t feel anything but heat,

The icy hands of rain pelt upon my face

Though it won’t keep me from saving grace.


Reach for me, and know I am there

No matter what hand of cards you’re dealt.

Such is the memory of what once was

And heaven knows, how I’m flawed.


Take me as I am, hold me in your dreams

Life can take us on a roller coaster ride

From smooth living to the wildest extremes,

So let me be your everlasting guide.


You have seen me at my very best

And even at my ultimate worst,

Your eyes saw nothing but top shelf

And your smile was my greatest wealth.


When times were low, I didn’t see

Them as they appeared to others.

My heart was on an ultimate high

For you were my greatest ally.


There were days that were challenging at best

And yet, you spurred me on.

If it wasn’t for those words of hope

I would surely have slid down that slope.


Take me as I am, hold me in your dreams

Life can take us on a roller coaster ride

From smooth living to the wildest extremes,

So let me be your everlasting guide.


When we flew from Timbuktu to the clouds

Of the invincible Himalayas,

The night was sub-zero and the engines gave out

Dropping so rapidly, we just couldn’t reroute.


Our hearts knew the end result but we could

Never prepare for the final outcome as it were,

Our hands were clasped in those final flashes of time

As we plummeted to the ultimate borderline.


Life had never been sweeter to live

No matter what had come our way,

And we could not live beyond this time

But truly it was an unequal crime.


You didn’t survive that fiery crash,

And The Fates saw fit I would, instead

So your memory keeps me warm inside

And I have thus far complied.


Take me as I am, hold me in your dreams

Life can take us on a roller coaster ride

From smooth living to the wildest extremes,

So let me be your everlasting guide


Where you will keep me by your side

Until the time is right,

When I will again finish the ride

To get to the other side.

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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Surabhi! I am just full of surprises...

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      Surabhi Kaura 

      2 years ago

      Goodness gracious! I loved this masterpiece. Rhymes so well, andI feel the beauty of your Soul through this poem. It's like a melodious song that is calling me on the hills of Dehradun :)

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      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Katharine, I appreciate your input.

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      Katharine L Sparrow 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thoughtful and soulful poem of love, loss and redemption. Your choice of words is lovely and the poem flows like the verses of a song. Well done, Deb, lovely poem.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Meldz, we must cherish everything we have, including the simplest things, which are the most thought provoking.

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      ignugent17 

      2 years ago

      Lovely poem. It makes you cherish the love you have. :-)

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That's right, Besarien, when something is meant to be, the two parties will find a way to be together. I'm glad that your friend fulfilled her dream, for her partner was there beside her.

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      Besarien 

      2 years ago

      My dear friend recently lost her husband and high school sweetheart to cancer. They had always dreamed of climbing Denali (Mount McKinley) together, and had made arrangements to do so before he was diagnosed. So last summer a couple months after she buried him, she did it herself. She said there was such a sense of peace standing at the summit knowing that she was living for both of them now. That's what your poem reminded me- that love doesn't stop.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      No, no truth to it at all. Glad that you liked it, Missy.

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      Missy Smith 

      2 years ago from Florida

      I was on the same page as some of the others; I was hoping this wasn't a true story. It was sad and beautiful all at the same time; breathtaking imagery I saw in this. Lovely!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, perspy! Sounds like a grand assortment of birds. The more that you feed the more that you will see. Raptors come to feeders, too, just for the same reason that you saw yours--easy pickings.

      Glad that you liked my little imaginative work!

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      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Deb - Lots of birds here, now that they know this is a regular feeding station. We had 42 quail yesterday and the rest a regular mix of 50 or more sparrows, 4 California jays, some sparrow-sized birds (less fitful than the sparrows) that look like hooded executioners....one of whom is a bully, as bad as some hummingbirds....a hawk that succeeds in making this a feeding ground for her, too, and as many as 12 mourning doves, plus.

      Who says winters don't have birds! Today a flock of starlings was feeding on the two tall apple trees' unpicked apples, and surviving.

      I enjoyed your creativity in this piece, and its romantic imaginings.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I hope for all the same things for you, agusfanani.

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      agusfanani 

      2 years ago from Indonesia

      Have a wonderful holiday and Happy new year, aviannovice.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Wow, agusfanani, what a compliment!

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      agusfanani 

      2 years ago from Indonesia

      I think we should read this beautiful poem in front of our spouses to make each other takes her/him as what she/he is.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Ah, Cris, and here I set reflecting upon the wondrous Christmas that I had with so many birds. There were dozens in the forest that I was in, I could not keep track of them all. I felt as though I was in a time warp, having gone back decades, to when they were so much more plentiful. My heart was filled with joy, as I was amid such a large throng of birds, paying homage and tributes to one another, while we curiously gazed at each others faces from high branches, down to the ground. Then, I had to leave this beautiful scenario and return to the world of a human. It was priceless and intriguing, while it lasted. After the rains end, I shall return as soon as I can to spend a part of my day in mirth and song...

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      CrisSp 

      2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      ...and there she goes with her most pensive thoughts.

      Happy Christmas Deb (still is in my world) and a very happy New Year!

      Love from the sky~

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      So true, Larry. The more time that passes, the more uncertain it seems to become.

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      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Beautiful imagery in this world of uncertainty.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thank you kindly, Gypsy Rose Lee. Happiest of holidays!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That was my intention, Frank. Thanks for noticing.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Most beautiful and heartwarming words.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      Deb,.. this felt like a song (lyrics) wow I loved it

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      And thank you for being such a faithful reader and commenter, ChitrangadaSharan.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful poem with deep touching emotions! I loved the flow of thoughts and the beauty of your work is that the reader can imagine the characters in their mind.

      Great work and thanks for sharing!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Dora! Glad that you liked it.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Deb, you describe the relationship most people dream of with sweet memories that last through life and beyond. Wonderful!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Sha! Glad that you saw everything that I tried to capture.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, Deb. This is so full of emotion. I can't imagine such a fate as these two suffered. Love and memories will get through them through until they can be reunited.

      Beautiful and bittersweet.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad you like, swalia.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      Beautiful!!!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Billy. Have a great holiday.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's the hope of us all, isn't it, Deb? To be accepted as we are....love your poetry, my friend. Beautiful as always.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Oh, no, Lisa, it is truly fictional. You have a great Christmas, too!

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      Lisa 

      2 years ago

      So beautiful and so sad. A poem of love that ends in tragedy and someday in heaven above two souls will meet again. Thank you for sharing. One question is this is a true story? I hope not, but I truly believe in soul mates. Have a Merry Christmas!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jackie! It is purely fictional, so never fear. Have a grand Christmas. I will be spending mine with dear friends in the wild, as pleases me the most.

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      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, manatita, and I'm passing some Christmas cheer to you, too, from me and the birdies.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow, very deep. Hoping it is not a true story and slapping myself as I ask since I have had so many of my writings taken seriously and wonder what a wild life people must think I have had. haha

      Well it sounds very real and that is the sound of a great poet; so there!

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Sob ..sob ...Very touching poem and one full of lyrics and yes, love ...

      A most beautiful piece of writing, Deb! Superb! Happy Christmas!

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