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

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I would have settled for a smirk,
for a quirk of smug lips
and that trademark dimple
that still makes me crazy.

I would have been happy
with a transient glint
in those forget-me-not eyes,
a momentary hint
of what I felt... and still feel.

I miss the endless routine
of midnight pep talks
and morning road blocks,
of stolen glances
and skillful dances
around this knot of nerves.

Now there's just a gaping hole
where the lava once pooled
before it blistered and cooled.
And I keep picking the scab.

I want to put you in an album
and keep you on a shelf
to collect fairy dust
and never-land must.
I want to forget,
but have the means to remember.

Instead, I have scenes
from last November
dangling from my seasoned mind
with drops of dew
in my evergreen eyes.

For Tracie's "Homage" contest

*This poem was inspired by one of my favourite poems here on the Soup: "Almost" by Drake Eszes. Here is a passage I especially love:

"I was almost in the clear

Setting free her unchained melody
Didn’t see a forthcoming pain
Saturday nights, no longer the same

My mornings are still of you
A drop of dew
Dangling from emerald green edges"

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  1. Date: 2/1/2014 8:25:00 PM
    Absolutely fabulous. Your command of language and internal rhyme if excellent. A talented and inspired write.

  1. Date: 8/25/2013 5:15:00 AM
    *sigh* beautifully put as ever, as its not autumn yet time will only tell if my eyes are evergreen too..hoping for autumn hues to set me free..loved this x

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 8:06:00 PM
    Heather, , a wonderful Homage to this poet.. congrats. SKAT

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 7:12:00 PM
    You deliver excellence here, congratulations on your winning verse Heather xxx

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 5:52:00 PM
    Enjoyed this heather congrats Shadow x smiles

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 11:16:00 AM
    well, goodness, how cool is THIS that the poet I borrowed an idea from is also on the top three winner list. BIG congrats to you, Heather.

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 11:06:00 AM
    Congrad's on your win! You did a great job. Light & Love

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 7:31:00 AM
    Beautiful. The last stanza is absolutely perfect.

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 7:12:00 AM
    Really enjoyed reading again, congratulations Heather.

  1. Date: 8/4/2013 6:55:00 AM
    Perfect translation of thoughts into your own talented poem!

  1. Date: 7/24/2013 4:30:00 PM
    So beatiful, Heather. Drake must be well pleased with this complimentary write. I'm awed by your smooth writing, as ever. Good luck in the contest, my friend. Licia :-)

  1. Date: 7/23/2013 5:20:00 PM
    Well, all I can say is in order to create just one stanza of this beautiful creation it would take every bit of talent I could muster... Great work... I feel smarter just having read it... Love ya even more now....Jake

  1. Date: 7/23/2013 12:19:00 AM
    wow, Heather, this is amazing. And the way you got inspired off Drake. I don't even remember about this Homage contest. I will have to check it out. btw, what you asked me about free verse. MIne seems more like prose to me than free verse. I just don't quite have exactly the flair of this one when I write most of my free verse. It comes off seeming more narrative than free verse. if that makes any sense. A FAVE on this one.

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 11:39:00 PM
    Excellent. Lovely foot note. Enjoyed. Tfs

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 7:06:00 PM
    I envy your poetic abilities more and more as you continue to post new poems here on the Soup. You have a real talent, Heather!

    Currin Avatar Anne Currin
    Date: 7/22/2013 8:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    PS, adding this to my list of favorites!
  1. Date: 7/22/2013 9:52:00 AM
    Good luck with this poem. It appears impressive.

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 9:40:00 AM
    What a compliment to Drake, and a poem so wonderful it stands on its own!! Great poem, Heather! ps.....and many thanks for the placement you gave my own in your funny contest! I'm honored!!

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 6:53:00 AM
    Amazing piece and a excellent foot note. You have a way with words, this is so romantic. 7 all the way!

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 6:22:00 PM
    Much thanks for the recent contest theme. I had heard of footles from other soupers, but never got around to trying them. Your contest spurred me on to actually writing them, and I discovered how fun they can be. Also for the wonderful comment. I can never think of anything half so good to say regarding your poems. Never was a very good commentator I don't think.

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 2:10:00 PM
    a stream-of- consciousness kind of appeal, this one... really easy and yet deep in its expression of what missing is all about.. i like!.. thanks for having mercy on my footle doodle (lol) , heather.... glad to have been part of your challenge..:) huggs