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I see that acacia tree 
and I get vacuumed back to the past.

When we both had 
a different type of light in our eyes,
with the reflections of that clear brook
evident in our irises,
where we thought that the 
sun only revolved around us, and us alone.

We thought we knew better,
or did we?
Did we truly know anything at all?

My heart gurgles a bit,
as it chokes, bleeding on memories...
I am beside myself,
and I look so stupid,
hugging that tree,
a lifeline to what was.

I envy that tree, for its sturdiness,
its roots being so deep-seated,
so much unlike us,
easily broken, swayed, uprooted.

I loathe that tree, 
for it still blooms,
blushing with its bright pink flowers
so delicate-looking and beautiful.

So unlike myself.

I feel ugly now. I actually am.

With hate and guilt eating at me from my core,
how could I not be?
I am rotten.
I am corroded. 

From the looks of it,
I seem to have drunk from that
brook (now polluted), ingesting the trash
strewn there 
I just never knew how much filth there was.

I am not infallible.

I thought you were.
But I was wrong. Dead wrong.

You tried to pull me up, but
became too heavy for you...
I dragged you down with me,
so deep, too deeply
that I had to bury you.
Along with my heart and soul,
which have both turned into stone.

I am stoned.

Yes, I feel so heavy,
so heavy I wish someone
would bury me,
throw me in the sea
so I could sink to the bottom and be forgotten.

Or better yet,
is there a magic pill
being sold somewhere
that can make me go back—
Start all over
and do things over?

What I would give 
to recapture that light,
to have you back
but I know it is too late.

You’ve gone already.
Left me...

Or so I thought.
I always had the tendency to be wrong,
and it had never felt so great.

I turn around
and a different kind of light
kindles my I(rise)s.

Like that acacia, 
I bloom again.

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  1. Date: 7/31/2013 4:08:00 AM
    I like the title. Good timing on each side of the sad/happy, but no metaphors or analogies here? I would say this poem is straight forward and yet subtle in the mystique quality. with respect I suggest you could write an artistic dear diary entry poem. Call it "Average Teenager" or something.

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 10:40:00 PM
    It was a beautiful feeling nikko... I got to hold him and embrace him in my arms... asleep .. I kissed him, and sang him a nursery song...twinkle twinkle little star. I wrote him a letter, and gave it to him the day Bael, was send away in ashes :'( it hurt... it does... I like to pretend it's not, but it does...

  1. Date: 2/10/2013 10:06:00 PM
    I missed this beautiful poem of yours Nikko. I love the last statement "I bloom again" ... I thought I'm blooming again! How are you? I have been slacking lately, but enjoying precious time with love ones. Love Dalila

  1. Date: 12/26/2012 5:29:00 PM
    By the way, how are you? I'm hoping and wishing everything is well with you. I truly miss you in some ways. your friendship and smiles the most. & the chocolate--eyyyy canvas you painted in my mind. & if for some reason U R wondering about me. I'm okay, and guess what?? I ate turkey with my mother ((whom is in a forever hospital)). I told her secrets about the soup. I mentioned you and 3 other poets to her. he he he.. she had no sense in what I was jabbering about. :-) Well it was nice ...PD

  1. Date: 12/26/2012 5:23:00 PM
    Truly, i do not mind... but, i can not say I like it... I will sign off as Irma sometimes...depends who I'm commenting. I like going by my middle name on here.. LINDA.... sometimes poets do not want to call me PD any more :-( :-(.... yes..tears... I like the simple PD... OKay,,, sorry for commenting on here LOTS.. :-)...i just thought I'd answer your question... you did ask... always & forever PD

  1. Date: 12/26/2012 5:20:00 PM
    "Thanks a lot Andrea... :-)"

  1. Date: 12/26/2012 5:18:00 PM
    Irma........ <----- LOL

  1. Date: 12/26/2012 5:17:00 PM
    good day Nikko.. your comment made me laugh... why you can always call me everyone else.. why the Irma remark. I do not go by the name out here.. he he... okay my family will call me IrmaLinda... my friends call me Linda, or just PD... if you'd like you can call me Irma, but it will make me feel uncomfortable.. cuz.. the deepness of the name does not go with my charms... Anyways, I once told Andrea, not to call me by Irma on the soup...LOL... tooo late ,,, now they all know me as

  1. Date: 8/22/2012 3:33:00 AM
    Awesome write ;}

  1. Date: 7/6/2012 11:17:00 PM
    So beautiful.. Very deeply penned Nikko..but i love the way you bloom again in the end..Going to my fAVS..cHARMA

  1. Date: 7/3/2012 6:49:00 AM
    soupmail, nikko

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 9:54:00 AM
    I think I know who won, you do indeed bloom, never knew you stopped. Great poem with somuch emotion! LUv, Lizzie

  1. Date: 6/26/2012 2:33:00 AM
    Congratulations on your wonderful win Nikko! You and Andie did really well in this contest. Blessings and hope your computer is feeling better. (smile)

  1. Date: 6/24/2012 6:20:00 PM
    and AGAIN I will come here!! Nikko, I need help. When I try to follow your instructions for a clickable link, the link says "no can do" REAd my last blog sometime and tell me what I am doing wrong!!!

  1. Date: 6/24/2012 2:59:00 PM
    I came back to re-read this beauty. Still beautiful. Ruben.

  1. Date: 6/24/2012 12:09:00 AM
    Jewel poem is in your E-Mail...kindling your irises. What a line! Thanks for your note!

  1. Date: 6/22/2012 11:15:00 AM
    Wow! This is one deep write dear Nikko.You`ve delivered a knock-out write here,and a well deserved win it is.Congrats!! Thank you also for visiting my blog today,appreciated that alot my friend.Hugs,Arild

  1. Date: 6/22/2012 6:22:00 AM
    Such a frenzy of emotions all enveloped around this spectacular tree! I had to hold myself back from reading this til I had time to really read it carefully..glad I did bc it is a beauty...This is the kind of poem that pours from the soul so I right? You just wrote it as the words fell off your pen?..Congrats to Miss NIkko...I am glad we share one big thing in common! hahaha..(and please tell me that your mom is continuing to progress!) :) Oh Happy Day! You rocked this contest in a major way!

  1. Date: 6/21/2012 3:44:00 PM
    Nikko, super congrats on your brilliant win...David

  1. Date: 6/20/2012 11:17:00 PM
    nikko, you tricked me in a good way....well, I don't think you were actually out to trick at all. I read this piece a few times, passed it on to the winner's round to compete with Gwendolen's poem. I had no idea that you wrote this piece until later. This piece is different for you(at least in my opinion). I think you did a great job reinventing your poetic voice with this brilliant piece. Thank you for supporting my contest!