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

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somewhere in the depths of self
pity holds a child tight
mind spills her dreams
on star-filled nights
and reflections of yesterdays
echo through mirrored smiles

through framed glass i trace her smiles
soon realizing child is self
i search memories of yesterdays
but mind's gate seems closed tight
darkened same as rainy nights
tears fall sofly like her dreams

if once i could fulfill her dreams
would my own face reflect smiles?
could mind find piece on sleepless nights
if  answers were released from self?
i seem to keep these memories tight
that robbed me of my yesterdays

not knowing the pain of these yesterdays
i've tucked away most old dreams
blocks of memory hold them tight
under lips bearing mona lisa smiles
and child withdraws within self
as days blend into nights

or dark thoughts blend days and nights
in all of these forgotten yesterdays
i choose not to pity self
just escape in new dreams
cracking occassional smiles
as loved ones hold me tight

yet when my eyes are pressed tight
i find myself fearing nights
quickly losing one of these smiles
to a brief memory of my yesterdays
safely tucking away all my dreams
deep within troubled self

seeking revenge on self with blades pressed tight
i try to hide through dreams from nights
haunted by yesterdays that robbed this child's smiles

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  1. Date: 4/20/2014 4:54:00 PM
    I Have to say, you entice the reader right to the last word!!! Excellent!!!

  1. Date: 1/1/2014 12:41:00 AM
    Can't help but to post a second one. It's amazing when I get to read again someone's poetry bcuz Im pleased to gain more imagery and appreciation of the piece! Your one ofmy faves definitely! I'm a student of talented poets here @ soup. I wish I could reach your caliber! =) loving your style, my friend.

  1. Date: 1/1/2014 12:34:00 AM
    Sandra, hi! Thanks for your recent visit on my page. Glad to visit as well you old posts. This one is hauntingly deep and emotionally stirring. Hold onto that Mona Lisa smile as you say. Loved this piece as all of your writes I've been reading. Wishing you Mona Lisa smiles this 2014, my friend. Love & hugs, Wendy

  1. Date: 9/25/2013 4:22:00 PM
    I see that you have been here about a year. You are almost come full circle!!

    Adams Avatar Sandra Adams
    Date: 9/25/2013 7:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    yes...I came last October, but took an 8 month break, we had to pack and move in January, then paint and fix things and unpack...glad to be back though :)
  1. Date: 9/25/2013 4:21:00 PM
    'gosh, sandra, what an amazing job you did with this form, one of the most challenging of the poetry forms. I like how you use short lines. The long lines in a sestina bore me to tears. I see again that you use a reference to suicide thoughts. As I read more of your poems, I may see that topic is something you are writing of from experience? So sad if that is true.

    Adams Avatar Sandra Adams
    Date: 9/25/2013 6:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you was a challenge to write the sestina...I have known a few people that have ended their lives...soup mailed you the story on them in a bit more detail...hugs
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  1. Date: 10/14/2012 8:48:00 PM
    Enjoyed your poems. I like the ideas of the child within. I have touched on it many times in my poetry.

  1. Date: 10/14/2012 12:10:00 PM
    Welcome to Soup my new poet friend. Wonderful deep from the soul write. Michael

  1. Date: 10/14/2012 12:08:00 PM
    Very insightful and heartfelt poem,Sandra.And welcome to Poetry Soup:) Hope to see more coming from your poetic pen!Have a great Sunday and take care..