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Chronicles of Life

I grew up in rows of houses ending in graveyards,
where six feet of dirt covered
the mound of my existence
and failure arched every single doorway.

Depression draped the windows
with patterns stitched
by poverty’s unapologetic hand.

The futility of language lacing its voice
with abject grief and guilt;

Expression left to moan its desperation,
yet unable to communicate its plea.

While eyes lost the blue of horizons and hope--
blindness welcomed

as agony’s twisted comic relief.

Emptiness has a way of filling up
and spilling over, consuming;

Until all that remains is a chronicle of life
lived too painfully in reverse,

and the screaming sheathing of despair

mummifying the entombed...

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  1. Date: 7/23/2010 10:52:00 AM
    AWESOME POEM! and congrats~!!!!

  1. Date: 3/14/2010 8:16:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win with this well writen poem !! james

  1. Date: 3/5/2010 1:22:00 PM
    My congratulations on your win in PS Intl. Poetry Contest, Bernadette!!! Peace, Audrey

  1. Date: 3/3/2010 8:04:00 AM
    can feel the emotion, you've pertrayed it well

  1. Date: 3/2/2010 4:34:00 AM
    Congrats on being featured. The thoughts and images are well described here.

  1. Date: 3/1/2010 8:59:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the October 2009 PoetrySoup International Poetry Site Contest Bernadette. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/1/2010 6:36:00 AM
    congrats on the featured poem!! Good work!!

  1. Date: 2/28/2010 3:51:00 PM
    Interesting use of imagery. The emotion comes through your words. Congratulations on being one of the winners in the Soup contest. Enjoy your honor. Keep on writing. Karen

  1. Date: 12/23/2009 3:09:00 AM
    Congratulations on being a first round survivor with three poems and the best to you in the finals. I wish you the best in your writing endeavors in 2010 whatever they may be. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/21/2009 10:57:00 PM
    Dear Bernadette, Congratulations on all three sensational entries making it through the first round and best wishes on advancing to the finals. Lainie

  1. Date: 12/21/2009 9:18:00 AM
    Congrats on your poem winning the first round of PS contest!! Very well deserved, enjoyed reading your wonderful poetry. Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! May 2010 be your best year ever! Love Light Patty

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 10:58:00 AM
    Many congratulations on reaching the second round with your fine poem >> James