Author Topic: "Melinda" (Verse laud in 5 Shakespearean Sonnets, by Bernie 8/2/2007)  (Read 5483 times)

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(Written 2 August 2007, delivered to and received by Melinda with Backup Flowers in Columbus, OH, 11 August 2007)

Melinda

'Neath flowing waves of Ava Gardner curls,
And newsboy's cap beshadowing your eyes,
Street-smart leather jacket ghetto girls
Sing harmony to lofty angels' cries!
Melinda, "backup-girl" of Tennessee,
To Paula, Simon and the Dawg you came,
With heart and soul in deep humility,
Yet pealed the clarion prelude of your fame!
What ear such golden-honey sweet and strong,
Or eye with dearer beauty'd ere been blest,
When judges three fell awed before your song,
In unison proclaiming you the best?
   Who knew, Melinda, slight of frame and years,
   That yours so soon would be our hearts and tears?


Burst upon the scene, "Since you've been gone"
Your matchless art ablaze with youthful fire,
Charisma, joyful "yo" and "cute" in one,
Did swift the world's bewonderment inspire!
Weekly styles in turn then took their part,
Jazz, "country", rock, and sultry Latin fare,
Each bowed before your skill and mighty heart,
In those few weeks revealed beyond compare.
Oh Ella, Sassy, Billie, Judy, too!
Take five or ten from Heaven's cabaret,
And look to Earth, upon our Mindy Doo,
Your peer and avatar for us today!
  Gladys and Aretha at your core,
  Unpretentious as the girl next door.


And as we watched each Tuesday's thrilling show
Your tapestries of wond'rous art unfurl,
And came Melinda, Superstar, to know,
We loved the work, but grew to love the girl.
When we beheld your strength and poise and grace,
And how you turned your eyes to God above,
Whose Spirit sets aglow your sweetest face,
We learned for sure your greatest gift was love.
Who is she now, this master singer grand,
This cuddly woman Orpheus in jeans?
Whence came she to such masterful command,
Through diligence, or ardor, or what means?
   This her secret be, she bade us know:
   Prais'd be God from Whom all blessings flow!


Melinda! Faithful servant of the Lord,
Who steps aside her "baby's" way to show!
Concern and care in every deed and word,
Who, kids to save, to Africa did go!
Compelled to choose between two groups of friends,
She sat on stage and bade to not be moved;
When time will come for knaves to make amends,
Melinda's way of love will have been proved.
Melinda, who inspires young and old,
The way of work and faith and love to live,
Who in her caring shows us thousandfold,
How so much more than song there is to give!
   Quoth Jesus in the hills of Galilee,
   "What you do unto them, is unto Me."


Melinda, we adore your gorgeous smile,
Your sweet tea, "modest dress", and "Whitney"-wig,
Chanel, your love for Mom and inner child,
And seasoned pro who bids us all "dream big!"!
"Inside and out" we love you, through and through--
Your soul, art, strength, and wit and beauty rare:
These tigers, poems, and hugs we offer you
Are just impromptu means to show our care!
From gals and guys and, yes, from God on high,
Rejoice in all the love that you have earned,
While I, for one, attest that from you I
The majesty of selfless love have learned.
   May e'er your darling kindness open doors,
   That holiness and Grace be ever yours.

-Bernie
     2 August 2007

(Copyright (c) Bernie, August 2007)
« Last Edit: August 30, 2007, 02:23:39 pm by Bernie »
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Re: "Melinda" (Verse laud in 5 Shakespearean Sonnets, by Bernie 8/2/2007)
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2007, 01:46:40 pm »
 Clapping      She "got it", too!   

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Re: "Melinda" (Verse laud in 5 Shakespearean Sonnets, by Bernie 8/2/2007)
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2007, 06:04:54 pm »
You already know how much I love this.

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Re: "Melinda" (Verse laud in 5 Shakespearean Sonnets, by Bernie 8/2/2007)
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2007, 06:49:45 pm »
You already know how much I love this.

You were there right beside me, me in Boston and you in Brazil, when I so feverishly penned it, as I fed you stanzas hot from the fire -- I'll never forget that night!
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Re: "Melinda" (Verse laud in 5 Shakespearean Sonnets, by Bernie 8/2/2007)
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2007, 06:55:21 pm »
You already know how much I love this.

You were there right beside me, me in Boston and you in Brazil, when I so feverishly penned it, as I fed you stanzas hot from the fire -- I'll never forget that night!


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Re: "Melinda" (Verse laud in 5 Shakespearean Sonnets, by Bernie 8/2/2007)
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2007, 07:02:09 pm »
Bernie, you should write a book of Melinda poems.  Cheesy

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Re: "Melinda" (Verse laud in 5 Shakespearean Sonnets, by Bernie 8/2/2007)
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2007, 09:24:52 pm »
Bernie,

Your poem still brings tears to my eyes!

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Re: "Melinda" (Verse laud in 5 Shakespearean Sonnets, by Bernie 8/2/2007)
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2007, 11:53:51 pm »
Bernie,
I'm sitting here crying all over again!

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Re: "Melinda" (Verse laud in 5 Shakespearean Sonnets, by Bernie 8/2/2007)
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2007, 07:26:25 pm »
Oh my gosh, thank you for giving me the link to this!  It's WONDERFUL!
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Re: "Melinda" (Verse laud in 5 Shakespearean Sonnets, by Bernie 8/2/2007)
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2008, 07:03:37 am »
Bernie,
    That was the most exquisitely beautiful sonnet!  Shakespeare would applaud you!  Melinda is a real person, but there is a great deal of magic about her, and you captured it with a clarity and brilliance I only wish I possessed in writing.  You referred to this poem as "flowery prose" in another thread, and it's true you don't find much flowery prose these days, but I believe there is a place for it in this world, in fact, a desperate need for it.  People seem to have forgotten how to "feel" or "dream" in this day and age.  I don't know how many people would put "cool" and "sonnet" in the same sentence in 2008, but beauty is beauty.  It stands the test of time, it weathers the storms of fickle popular culture, and it remains what it is, until the world is willing or able to see it.  This poem is a work of art, and I hope it will be the first one in the book of poetry that the world needs you to author.

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Re: "Melinda" (Verse laud in 5 Shakespearean Sonnets, by Bernie 8/2/2007)
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2008, 06:00:35 pm »
Jena, thank you very much for your dear appreciation.  It is very, very touching and gratifying.

There certainly is a great deal of magic about Melinda still:   Her bouquet of skill, talent, instrument, knowledge/depth, piety, sweetness, cuteness and humor remains uniquely magical, and grows even more so more as she flourishes and we come to know her better.


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Re: "Melinda" (Verse laud in 5 Shakespearean Sonnets, by Bernie 8/2/2007)
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2008, 03:39:55 am »
Bernie,

I didn't understand everything, you know, cause my bad english, but what I understand I loved! I'm sure everything is really beautiful!!!  Big hug sorry the blonde  Rolling On Floor Laughing
My Patrick, my Des, my Cathy and my Maria, thanks for everything you have done for me! I love you to life!!! Thanks all Backups.
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Re: "Melinda" (Verse laud in 5 Shakespearean Sonnets, by Bernie 8/2/2007)
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2008, 11:02:39 am »
Bernie, I had forgotten how beautiful this is... Jena , thank you for bringing this back and reminding me. Rose