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

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And ever above,
clouds of sorrow
assemble in thunderous ranks:
a surfeit of threat
and gloom.

And ever below,
unhappy footsteps
surrender rhythm
to unyielding pavement—
against a gray and endless plain.

Who but a fool
dreams that sorrow
can be bartered
for kindness and love?
The beggared soul abides.

And, in his eyes,
the ashen world
grows, blurs and overflows
to run down his cheeks.
And it rains.

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  1. Date: 1/15/2014 5:02:00 AM
    Touched, tearful, and adding you to my favorites. Oh what treasures I have found in the Soup!

  1. Date: 10/26/2013 2:28:00 PM
    - Touching and well written, Mark. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 10/27/2013 11:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Anne Lise. Thanks again very much for your kind remarks and support of my poetry. Keeps me working! Mark
  1. Date: 10/25/2013 8:40:00 PM
    This is an excellent description of sorrow. Love the first stanza. Bravo!

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 10/26/2013 5:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Jon. I'm beginning to think that I should end most of my poems after the first stanza! Mark