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    The sky resembles the robin's eggshells
                                                      scattered across the ground,

a blue so seemingly infinite                     yet fragile,
cracks running between understanding and madness
       complementing each other

as divine truths in their own right
to conquer my mind,
to unhinge the doors,
making it unnecessary to pick rusted locks

      letting thoughts fly free,
                                       releasing love out into the horizon.

If frozen within caged snapshots of mildewed expectations,
      it will surely die,
                 but even so,
  I was willing to strangle it by holding on too tightly.

    Until I saw the sky and eggshells today

      Peppered clouds reflected on the water,
                                            paralleling speckles on the eggshells,
                                    remind me of the freckles on your face.

  We need to be wide-open-free,
                                                we need to fly,
         without focusing too hard on shells of yesterdays.

We need to unclench our fists,
unclench our tongues,
explore the vast blue peppered sky 
                                                      on wings of letting go....

 so that we can once again feel with purity,       
 so that we can hold each other ever closer.


Copyright © Chris D. Aechtner

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  1. Date: 7/4/2013 6:15:00 AM
    Thank you, Chris, for inspiring my poem, Mildewed Expectations. This is a brilliant poem by you and I did not attempt to emulate your work - I could never match you. Love, Su

  1. Date: 8/17/2012 1:19:00 PM
    Time for a new piece of poetry Chris. I await your reentry into the Soup. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/9/2012 12:39:00 PM
    two soupmail too :D

  1. Date: 6/7/2012 10:37:00 PM

  1. Date: 6/7/2012 12:43:00 PM
    Chris, I have to read your poetry more often to appreciate your mind--this is beyond good--and very demonstrative and, its written form, is a work of art alone--to my favs.

  1. Date: 6/5/2012 11:15:00 AM
    A belated congratulations on your placement in Nikko's contest Chris. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/4/2012 11:22:00 AM
    Another masterpiece here Chris!Congrats on your big win!

  1. Date: 6/3/2012 1:12:00 PM
    'We need to be wide-open-free, we need to fly....on wings of letting go'.....Amazing lines, I'm gonna fav this...Congrats on your win Chris.

  1. Date: 6/3/2012 6:18:00 AM
    Lovely imagery in this one, Chris. Congratulations on your win in Nikko's contest. hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 6/3/2012 4:12:00 AM
    i like this uplifting side of you, chris.. you make me soar with your sublime thoughts!... cheers to you for a stunning win!..:) huggs!

  1. Date: 6/3/2012 2:17:00 AM
    CHris congrats on your win, love the layout of this as well as the poem itself..David

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 7:13:00 PM
    Im going to plagiarize this line: "on wings of letting go..." ! : ) Congratulations on your top win in Nikko's Contest! Ruben.

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 4:00:00 PM
    This poem becomes more beautiful, more alive with every read...

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 1:31:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the contest.

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 1:23:00 PM
    Beautiful descriptions congrats Chris on your win luv vie

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 12:59:00 PM
    back here again, Chris-- just saying hi, hello, how are you mail to you ;) I'll go read your 4 part blog tomorrow :D I need to sleep

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 9:47:00 AM
    Ahh, you wondered whether I'd enjoy this? Of course I did! In fact this was another gem that I loved, Chris :D! This just spoke to me...Thank you so much for writing this amazing piece! I knew this was yours, it had your voice but somehow came out as wistful and soft--kind of different but very nice to see :). The imagery was awesome and the lay-out too, haha sucker me :D but more awesome was the message-- shucks, I So wanted to kidnap a bunch of lines here (not telling which ones, haha!) Super congrats li'l boy blue :D!

  1. Date: 5/31/2012 6:19:00 PM
    The images of fragility mixed with the bluest of blue skies is so original...I believe my father would have loved this one...this is the romantic kind of free verse that says "just let go and forgive." Enjoyed reading thru this one several times...Nice expressions of intense emotions! :) Gwendolen

  1. Date: 5/31/2012 10:33:00 AM
    I wish to fly on wings of letting go Chris..that would be wonderful.... That would mean 'Freedom':)

  1. Date: 5/30/2012 8:08:00 PM
    Soup mail!