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Anxious Dissolution


A soul was broken to make room
For dusty halls and labyrinths.
A gossamer, nylon bed-sheet shroud
Enwraps the remnants of that mind.
And no excuses can be made; 
This disease does not justify that one.
I do not sleep deeply, I do not wake easily,
I dream of cities built on sand,
Next to the swelling sea.
Oh, they should have lasted.
Why should they fall?
I dream of timber horses,
Brought between those city walls.
We should have known; we should have known better.


But, I am not an honest mystic;
Beware what you ask of me.
I will show truths within the liar's tapestry.
But, you will not believe; no, you cannot believe.


I howled for my motherland
When the mutiny began.
I heard the cry of treason; heard the cry and ran.
I saw blood be spilled,
Some of it my own, then
Felt the rest boil, that this could happen in my home.
I saw the battle through, until the very end,
Then wished the traitors pardoned,
Because they were my friends.


I cannot tell the difference
Between the sleeping and the dead,
So, I will dole out blankets, and keep the kettle on.
The streets are cracked and dirty,
And they all appear the same:
Shattered glass and roofing tacks
Where I place my bare and weary feet.
I don't want to go on.
But, I must rebuild; I must rebuild.
I have no grass to lay,
The trees and flowers will not grow,
So, I shall use nothing, but mortar, brick, and stone.
It's not the same; it is not the same,
But, I shall call it home.

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  1. Date: 2/25/2011 10:57:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win Kristen, in Chris D. Aechtner's contest "For The Sake Of Free Verse". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/22/2011 8:27:00 AM
    Good to see you a the top Kristen. Congratulations on your inspiring Free verse and it honored first place. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 2/20/2011 5:27:00 PM
    powerful beyond belief. Congratulations dear Kristen on your first place win. Lainie

  1. Date: 2/20/2011 4:22:00 PM
    Congratulations on the first place win in the contest of Chris, kristen

  1. Date: 2/20/2011 8:37:00 AM
    Vivid imagery and raw emotions Kristen, congratulations on your awesome win in Chris's contest :-) WN

  1. Date: 2/20/2011 6:49:00 AM
    Congrats Kristen on your first place win in the free verse contest .. enjoy your top spot with luv..

  1. Date: 2/20/2011 5:39:00 AM
    This was wonderful... Great imagery.. Perfect! Congrats on being first you deserve it the best! Love it, Sami

  1. Date: 2/20/2011 3:16:00 AM
    p.s. fantastic title too!

  1. Date: 2/20/2011 3:15:00 AM
    congrats on winning 1st place, what a wonderful poem, absolutely stunning! I shall certainly be checking out more of your work, and I agree with what chris says below - I have noticed how some of the best poems seem to attract little commentary...

  1. Date: 2/20/2011 1:10:00 AM
    Congratulations on winning the top spot in the contest. This is truly one of the better works I've seen on this site.

  1. Date: 2/20/2011 12:34:00 AM
    Your words transport to another place and time. so vivid a picture. well done . congrats

  1. Date: 2/19/2011 11:17:00 PM
    a very moving and dramatic peom and well deserving of top spot...I particularly enjoyed the strong imagery for example the2 lines "shattered glass....weary feet"....well done indeed...Syd

  1. Date: 2/19/2011 10:18:00 PM
    oh I forgot to rate this one-- definitely the highest rating there is :D

  1. Date: 2/19/2011 10:13:00 PM
    Hi Kristen :)-- wow-- this really is a powerful poem, I love the lines and imagery that you used here, as well as the flow-- I read it more than once in one sitting and it just leaves such a strong impact on me-- this really deserved 1st place, super congratulations on your awesome win! I agree with what James & Chris say below, this should be read by more people! :) --nikko :)

  1. Date: 2/19/2011 9:05:00 PM
    Kristen, thank you for entering this strong free verse! I read it over a few times and decided to place it 1st, because it really spoke to me in many ways. You did really well in bridging some of the best qualities found in the good free verse written between the 1920's and 60's, and more modern verse. This poem is outstanding~Chris

  1. Date: 2/18/2011 10:28:00 PM
    I read this entry in my contest and decided right away that it would place in the top 3, so now I am checking to see who wrote it. I don't think I have ever seen your name here on the Soup yet? This poem is absolutely fantastic, and I am almost disappointed that a poem of this caliber only received 2 comments. Makes me wonder sometimes....

  1. Date: 6/26/2010 5:33:00 AM
    Kristen, this is an amazing piece of poetry. It deserves to be read by more >> James

  1. Date: 6/26/2010 3:45:00 AM
    Very well wriiten, nice flow....Michael