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TOB

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DENISE KATRINA MATTHEWS

Happy Birthday to my sister Denise K. Matthews / Vanity

Her existence made a significant difference in my life... and the lives of many others.

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Denise gave me this magazine 4 years ago but I never opened it until lastnight to find that she had signed the inside also.

Today feels like 11 months ago, it hurts… I am missing my sister, my friend…

I don’t know what to do with my day. Normally my routine, my thoughts, my plans for this particular day would be about Denise.

My first thought is to be selfish in my grief and feel moved more by duty to post something, say something… meaningful, worthy of her and her significance in how she touched so many lives as Vanity, as D.D. Winters and or as the Evangelist Denise Matthews.

But, how do I?

We were artists, poets and often shared our ideas and writes.

Your experience is uniquely yours… No more or less important in that her existence touched you, amused you, mused,

challenged you, inspired you, made you think, laugh or just smile.

So I leave it to “You”

YOU

She asked,

Stepping up from behind,

Slightly off to the right

Sliding her hand down to find mine.

I,

having gone outside

She followed…

into the crisp dawn twilight,

“What’s on your mind?”

There’s a break in the clouds

It's been awhile

Nice to see the stars again…

however brief…

I’m Thinking

They say tomorrow another storm is coming

I suppose it's irony's dry humor reminding…

of how we are living.

In these patterns of contrasting weather,

Feast or Famine

Drought or Drowning

Extremes swings of cold and heat.

But Honestly… I think

this… was kinda getting to me.

These depressing, unending, overcasting days.

As the nights’ enhanced

being “Alone”

to being “Lonely.”

And when you find yourself

Weather beaten and thickened skinned.

Forecast; cloudy atmospheric conditions.

With no expectation of the sun’s shining ever again

and Then

when it does…

We tend to just take what we can get.

And then think about

who we want to share it with…

“You” I respond,

"My mind is on… You.”

Happy Birthday Sis,

I miss you so much

[Edited 1/4/17 12:39pm]

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Reply #1 posted 01/04/17 11:00am

kepurplehunter

HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN HEAVEN LOVEY!!!!
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Reply #2 posted 01/04/17 11:14am

galak

it would be a "happy birthday", but,.... sad

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Reply #3 posted 01/04/17 12:02pm

Goddess4Real

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Celebrating her B'day playing her music in Vanity 6 and as a solo artist....and later watching The Last Dragon cake
Keep Calm & Listen To Prince
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Reply #4 posted 01/04/17 1:00pm

TOB

galak said:

it would be a "happy birthday", but,.... sad

I feel you... But I can honestly say that, except for today, for the past few months a laugh or a smile would always come first.

I will celebrate her as a gift to the planet, or at least to my world, to show me the meaning of endurance, courage, faith and joy.

At age 25, she got a kick out of someone playing her on the big screen.

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Reply #5 posted 01/04/17 1:53pm

Vashtix

The poem You is prompting crazy emotion. I believe in heaven but it does not make losses of the ones we love hurt less. As the poem notes when thinking of who you want to spend time with or laugh with and then forced to remember they aren't here anymore. It stings and squeezes the heart. Thanks for sharing the totality of who she was with us. She is such an inspiration.
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Reply #6 posted 01/04/17 3:31pm

PennyPurple

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Happy Birthday Denise!

Thank you TOB for the poem.

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Reply #7 posted 01/04/17 5:14pm

purplegirl00

galak said:

it would be a "happy birthday", but,.... sad

LOVE this pic.. Hope her heavenly birthday party was bigger than she imagined. yes

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Reply #8 posted 01/04/17 5:37pm

luvgirl

Goddess4Real said:

Celebrating her B'day playing her music in Vanity 6 and as a solo artist....and later watching The Last Dragon cake


Excellent idea Goddess. I'll be doing the same along with watching one of her sermons. I wished I would have planned a virtual movie night with all her fans. That would have been nice... wink
[Edited 1/4/17 18:01pm]
Sometimes I wish that life was never ending, but all good things they say never last. Love it isn't love until it's past. ~RIP my Prince~
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Reply #9 posted 01/04/17 8:26pm

Goddess4Real

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Special Thanks to mega Madonna/Vanity fan who posted this totally awesome Vanity pic worship

Happy B

Happy Birthday Vanity!!! (January 4, 1959-February 15, 2016) 1f31f.png#Vanity #DeniseMatthews

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[Edited 1/4/17 20:29pm]

Keep Calm & Listen To Prince
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Reply #10 posted 01/05/17 4:22am

luvgirl

Goddess4Real said:

Special Thanks to mega Madonna/Vanity fan who posted this totally awesome Vanity pic worship




Happy B






Happy Birthday Vanity!!! (January 4, 1959-February 15, 2016) 1f31f.png#Vanity #DeniseMatthews




C1V-bbqVQAEv_68.jpg



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Really? Maddona is a Vanity fan? touched Newfound respect for Madonna...
Sometimes I wish that life was never ending, but all good things they say never last. Love it isn't love until it's past. ~RIP my Prince~
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Reply #11 posted 01/05/17 9:33am

Vashtix

luvgirl said:

Goddess4Real said:

Special Thanks to mega Madonna/Vanity fan who posted this totally awesome Vanity pic worship




Happy B






Happy Birthday Vanity!!! (January 4, 1959-February 15, 2016) 1f31f.png#Vanity #DeniseMatthews




C1V-bbqVQAEv_68.jpg



[Edited 1/4/17 20:29pm]



Really? Maddona is a Vanity fan? touched Newfound respect for Madonna...

She did copy Vanity in many ways nice to know she was a fan.
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Reply #12 posted 01/05/17 2:38pm

purplepoppy

Lovely lovely poetry. rose She left you a hidden present by signing the inside of the magazine! hug

Isn't it a shame this ain't a movie? Then you could rewrite my every line.
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Reply #13 posted 01/09/17 11:09pm

daKotaGeNesis

TOB said:


Happy Birthday to my sister Denise K. Matthews / Vanity



Her existence made a significant difference in my life... and the lives of many others.



15825814_1385575491455161_1291015704019059950_n.jpg?oh=08131351bb52b769ab41b157731f98a9&oe=58DD8129




15826764_1385575488121828_5083276331991958865_n.jpg?oh=522a51fb136e9bc4739881481a84ed73&oe=58E6C259


Denise gave me this magazine 4 years ago but I never opened it until lastnight to find that she had signed the inside also.



Today feels like 11 months ago, it hurts… I am missing my sister, my friend…


I don’t know what to do with my day. Normally my routine, my thoughts, my plans for this particular day would be about Denise.


My first thought is to be selfish in my grief and feel moved more by duty to post something, say something… meaningful, worthy of her and her significance in how she touched so many lives as Vanity, as D.D. Winters and or as the Evangelist Denise Matthews.


But, how do I?


We were artists, poets and often shared our ideas and writes.


Your experience is uniquely yours… No more or less important in that her existence touched you, amused you, mused,


challenged you, inspired you, made you think, laugh or just smile.



So I leave it to “You”







YOU



She asked,



Stepping up from behind,


Slightly off to the right


Sliding her hand down to find mine.


I,


having gone outside


She followed…


into the crisp dawn twilight,



“What’s on your mind?”



There’s a break in the clouds


It's been awhile


Nice to see the stars again…


however brief…


I’m Thinking



They say tomorrow another storm is coming


I suppose it's irony's dry humor reminding…


of how we are living.


In these patterns of contrasting weather,


Feast or Famine


Drought or Drowning


Extremes swings of cold and heat.



But Honestly… I think


this… was kinda getting to me.



These depressing, unending, overcasting days.


As the nights’ enhanced


being “Alone”


to being “Lonely.”



And when you find yourself


Weather beaten and thickened skinned.


Forecast; cloudy atmospheric conditions.


With no expectation of the sun’s shining ever again


and Then


when it does…


We tend to just take what we can get.


And then think about


who we want to share it with…



“You” I respond,


"My mind is on… You.”




Happy Birthday Sis,


I miss you so much


[Edited 1/4/17 12:39pm]


I just had a dream recently that we were having a birthday celebration for Denise. I guess it was her telling me it was her birthday after all. Happy Birthday to my beautiful friend Denise! Glad I got a chance to hear your music.
[Edited 1/9/17 23:15pm]
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Reply #14 posted 01/10/17 2:00pm

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Keep Calm & Listen To Prince
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Happy Birthday! heart

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