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A Mother Waits

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A Mother Waits


A mother waits engulfed in quicksand 
surrounded by the persistence 
of sunrises and sunsets

Wandering          since departure
Rummaging        for answers 
not enough to soothe

And there 
his hollow chair like black granite
his hollow bed that smells of Axe

fishing rod, Maxim, guitar
a severe absence replete
with silence and prayers
           once were lullabies

Desperation is a grimace 
to uncork sleep
to squeeze wrinkles

A mother waits
with her tightly closed hands 
On the T.V., the war in breaking news
On the wall, shadows of Bushes
On the radio, Lennon 

a letter
a deflating no 
        unstoppable, everlasting
an endless abyss
        dripping, spattering, spitting rabies
a roar to nowhere
a lump 
        to release a creak, a crack,
        bitter yellowish-green nausea and dread and wrath and grief
a swirl
        to magnify, to drown  
        portraits, high-school books, stamps and hot-wheels
a ceremony
a flag
a hero
         not a son 
         never more

being away
    far away               
not complete
without her cord
engulfed in quicksand


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  1. Date: 3/24/2014 3:17:00 AM
    Ruben, this made me cry! What a moving piece that puts the reader right in the midst of the wrenching pain. Excellent winning poem. Kudos!

  1. Date: 3/19/2014 10:12:00 AM
    ruben!... this is a masterpiece.. sweet congrats on your fine win!.. huggs

  1. Date: 3/19/2014 7:12:00 AM
    Hi, Congrats on your well deserved win. This poem reaches to the heart of human emotions. Regards Theresa x

  1. Date: 3/19/2014 1:27:00 AM
    Congratulations on the fine win, enjoyed yoiur write on Heart and soul, ruben

  1. Date: 3/18/2014 9:21:00 PM
    You take us inside to feel and sense the realities and fears of this mother.. Brilliant ! Congrats!!

  1. Date: 3/18/2014 7:15:00 PM
    I would not wish this waiting upon anyone. A very good poem Ruben. Congrats on your win.....Roger

  1. Date: 3/18/2014 6:22:00 PM
    I'm so glad my own avoided war. I can't imagine how this must feel, to know they might not return. Congratulations to you on your accomplishment. RAY

  1. Date: 3/18/2014 4:56:00 PM
    a very strong poem Ruben, congrats on your win

  1. Date: 3/11/2014 4:55:00 PM
    Hi Ruben, you ran with highest emotion through this piece. I read in sorrow, my heart s love outpouring for the feelings of this mother. Wars have taken so many of our young from us. The pain never leaves the world for it lives on in others who bear the scars. One runs through a gamut of emotion wjhile reading this piece.This canvas shall certainly face the test of time. You have excelled my friend. Have a good day. Catch you later. Your Friend....MIKE.

  1. Date: 7/1/2013 9:58:00 PM
    a cool poem. congrats!

  1. Date: 6/28/2013 2:38:00 PM
    Ruban congratulations on your fabulous win. Well deserved. Connie

  1. Date: 6/27/2013 8:17:00 PM
    Congratulations......yes this is a timeless piece...for every war and every mother. SuZ

  1. Date: 6/26/2013 8:23:00 PM
    excellent congrats on your win Ruben xxx

  1. Date: 6/26/2013 7:15:00 PM
    Wow! So many heart strings being pulled in this one, Ruben. Almost brought me to tears. Congratulations on your win in PD's contest. Very well deserved. hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 6/26/2013 6:31:00 PM
    Do you have any idea at all, how gifted, truly gifted you are? As a mother, reading this poem, although never having experienced the horror of sacrificing a child to war (thank God) have the insight to write it as if you have witnessed and lived it through her eyes. Amazing poem......

  1. Date: 6/26/2013 4:45:00 PM
    congrats.... PD

  1. Date: 11/7/2012 10:26:00 AM
    powerful browsing i'm reading tonght, glad i dropped by....

  1. Date: 6/14/2010 9:18:00 PM
    very deep writing and interesting imagery, Rueben. I am starting way in the back again because I keep forgetting where I left off with your poems. haha. LUv, andrea

  1. Date: 11/3/2009 6:47:00 AM
    Interesting thoughts put to pen. Keep writing. Sara

  1. Date: 9/8/2009 10:50:00 PM
    Come to MSN