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Empty Nest - Constanza

Cardboard boxes filled on the floor, Photos gone from nightside table, Where we read a bedtime fable. Twinges as I walk by her door, Her sweet bed where she use to lay; Sits empty yet another day. Happiness, no crying I swore, Accomplishments I am in awe; Her future is a life in law. Time has gone so fast, I want more. That crazy smile and ponytail; always melts my heart without fail. Missing my daughter I adore. So proud and knowing she’ll do well but her absence still hurts like hell.
Cardboard boxes filled on the floor, Twinges as I walk by her door, Happiness, no crying I swore, Time has gone so fast, I want more. Missing my daughter I adore.
Written August 26, 2012 For Andrea Dietrich’s contest “Can You Constanza”

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  1. Date: 9/26/2012 5:51:00 AM
    A belated congratulations on your super win in Andrea's "Can You Constanza" contest Lee. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 10:02:00 AM
    Lee, :-). Congratulations with your awesome winning poem in Andrea's "Can you Constanza?" contest. Love it, always~ LUV*PD

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 2:09:00 AM
    Belated Congratulations Lee xx

  1. Date: 9/23/2012 5:14:00 AM
    congrats on your win Lee

  1. Date: 9/22/2012 1:55:00 PM
    Truly a fine envolving write, reminding many of us of children now grown and gone! Congradulations on your fine verse winning. Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/22/2012 8:41:00 AM
    How well I know this feeling. We are so at odds with own feelings when our precious children start to grow up and away. Congratulations on a great entry. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 9/22/2012 3:18:00 AM
    Lovely write, I've read this one and remember it too. Congratulations on your great win in this Constanza contest!

  1. Date: 9/22/2012 3:03:00 AM
    Wonderful and beautiful write,Lee.Good job...Congratulations on your win...

  1. Date: 9/22/2012 12:56:00 AM
    My hearty congratulations on your win my dear friend, Lee! hugs:) Leonora

  1. Date: 9/21/2012 11:50:00 PM
    Lee, Congratulations on your placement in Andrea’s “Can you Constanza? Contest.” There were so many really amazing entries we had a very difficult time deciding. We had to go by who followed the form best, and whose poem was most creative. I spent 4 and half hours going over the poems and Andrea, a lot longer. Thank you so much for your wonderful entry Mahalo, Connie

  1. Date: 9/21/2012 11:20:00 PM

  1. Date: 9/21/2012 8:57:00 PM
    this one is full of the feelings that many parents feel when their kids leave home (though for me, that was a very nice time in my life. haha. I was able to start writing lots of poems!). My favorite stanza is where you paint the picture of your daughter with her crazy smile and pony tail. And the last line of stanza 5 is heart wrenching. Congrats for your place in my contest.

  1. Date: 8/31/2012 9:40:00 PM
    Lovely constanza flowing with expressions of tender motherly love. Good luck with the contest. Thank you for your kind comments at my page.

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 9/2/2012 8:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Yesha for your kind comments.Lee
  1. Date: 8/30/2012 4:30:00 PM
    An emotive and expressive work..That time when the child leaves the nest is a very difficult one..Good luck in the contest..Reads like winners' list to me..Enjoyed reading this eve..Your presence at my work today is very uplifting and encouraging...Fire ants are native to South America but were brought into North America where they have no natural enemies and they have really done well here..They have a stinger with which they deliver venom which is very bad and some are allergic to it..Sara

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 8/30/2012 9:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It was pleasure to read your work today. These fire ants sound terrible, possibly deadly. Sure hope I never see one. thanks Lee
  1. Date: 8/29/2012 8:20:00 PM
    I have been there........the empty nest when my third child (my only daughter) left home......happy for her........miserable is such a hard transition. Loved your poem!

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 8/30/2012 10:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Any advice on when the hurt stops?? Thanks so much for your kind comments Carrie, much appreciated. Lee
  1. Date: 8/26/2012 9:33:00 PM
    Missing your daughter already, Lee? My children left home years ago. They live together and I speak to them separately just about daily. Nothing and nobody can replace a child in your house. Good contest entry, Lee. The very best of luck to you (on both scores). :)

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 8/27/2012 2:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh you really know what it is like. She adds sunshine to each day, and the occasional thunderstorm... ha,ha. Thanks Lee
  1. Date: 8/26/2012 8:28:00 PM
    awesome job on this tough form , good luck in the contest

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 8/26/2012 8:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Francine. Appreciate your kind words. Lee