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Below is the poem entitled Allegra which was written by poet Elysabeth Faslund. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Even the hollow reed voices across sand, dry plains, 
startling lilt, notes we can remember.
We can forget. Forgetting is our salvation, 
not reincarnation.
When memory is destroyed, we are spared
thorns, destiny.
No further life.
Peace be with you.
With you, Father.

To each the choice, known, unknown, of what the
heart can render. Rending forever, keeping us
worn, sworn to earth, dust.
Do not erect stones for me, they would keep me
company. I did not have companionship in
life, why plague the stones at sunset? 
Cover me with thorns, as in life, one reed, 
one drum. I clutch music of death, 
no salvation, yet reincarnation.
You are in peace. Let me.
Remember me.

Who would leave their bed of winter's night
to light dark's ice with wax candle? 
Not you, priest...
bound by law to the body, not soul's grief
or expansion.
Bound to limit the soul in one direction.
Denial of reed and drum leads voices, 
in canto, to ceilings.
Captured. Tonal.
Never twice on key.

To each a choice...thorn, dulled thorn.
Thorn nonetheless.
Vine. Rose.
What redemption after salvation? 
Can salvation be redeemed? 
Must it, should it, by who's hand...
long the vine, short the rose.
Together...vining rose of headstones
rendering hollowness in winter's
dark ice.
For you who remember...
a candle.

Copyright © Elysabeth Faslund

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  1. Date: 10/19/2013 11:45:00 PM
    Elysabeth... CONGRATULATIONS:) on having your poem featured on the soups HOME PAGE. Goodnight poet friend <3 =LINDA

    Faslund Avatar Elysabeth Faslund
    Date: 10/20/2013 8:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I can't even find the 'homepage'! But thanks all the same.
  1. Date: 10/9/2013 11:39:00 AM
    Elysabeth , nothing I love more than embracing mornings with beautiful words and imagery. Congratulations love SKAT

    Faslund Avatar Elysabeth Faslund
    Date: 10/20/2013 8:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Wait'll I write the second part. Thankee kindly.
  1. Date: 10/4/2013 6:44:00 PM
    Excellent, Elysabeth. Great write. Nice going. Congrats. Ralph

    Faslund Avatar Elysabeth Faslund
    Date: 10/5/2013 12:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Should I try to enter the second part of 'Allegra'? Thanks a bunches!
  1. Date: 10/2/2013 9:50:00 PM
    ELYSABETH, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Thanks for supporting my "Morning Due <--not DEW! Contest. SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL- Thanks for the awesome imagery. If you'd like:-) stop by my latest poem "The Letter". Enjoy my latest blog! "Daybreak" if you like:) AT -----> **LINDA**

    Faslund Avatar Elysabeth Faslund
    Date: 10/5/2013 12:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thought I'd replied to your gracious comment, but the way things have been going...oh well. 5 hours at WalMart yesterday has not lessened the pace, either. Hey! There's a poem lurking in yesterday...
  1. Date: 9/24/2013 6:19:00 PM
    Elysabeth,, Your first poem on the soup is excellent for the readers!! Stopping by with a nice, sweet Welcome to Poetry Soup. Wishing you the best when it comes to your poems. I hope you get to meet all the nice poets around here. Starting with me. SKAT :-) Please drop a hello and tell me a little about yourself if you like. I would like to be your newest poetry soup "FRIEND". Hugs* SKAT

    Faslund Avatar Elysabeth Faslund
    Date: 10/3/2013 10:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey SKAT, glad to meet such wonderful people. I'm here, if you should ever need, or want, a friend. But maybe you have many, many more than me, which I'm sure is the case.
  1. Date: 9/23/2013 7:40:00 AM
    Good Morning Poet Destroyer and Anne Lise---as a newbie, I'm wandering around here so far. Thanks for the 'invite' Poet Destroyer---do you think Allegra will fir your contest???

    Faslund Avatar Elysabeth Faslund
    Date: 9/23/2013 7:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have been at this poetry 'game' since 17. It is exactly fun, and no bones about it. I entered Poet Destroyer's contest with 'Allegra' because it truly was written in the a.m. where I work.
  1. Date: 9/23/2013 6:46:00 AM
    Good morning Elysabeth-A nice warm WELCOME to poetry soup. Dropping by to invite you to my latest contest. You will find the contest page on the top left hand side* -Looking forward in following and reading your poetry. Hope to hear from you soon. You will enjoy the community, we are one big happy family. (Drama & Love. LOL) ~ Take Care!! From: your new poet friend @-> LINDA <-@

  1. Date: 9/23/2013 6:45:00 AM
    Welcome to P-Soup, Elysabeth ! - Nice to read your first poem here. - Hope you will have much pleasure to be with us. - Wishing you good luck - have a nice day! - Comment on the poetry of others and they will comment on yours. - My first greeting to you from Norway / / / Anne-Lise :)