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Forgotten Coats

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Forgotten Coats

I sink lower in the cupboard
of the front hall closet 
beneath the stairs,
behind a row of forgotten coats
that hang quietly before me. 
They mock my cowardice
as I crouch beneath their silent judgement...
I'm alone in the shadows created by a
jaundiced yellow bulb that barely burns 
brighter than the flame on a candle.

I hug my knees as I sit and wallow in regret for my mistakes;
but all I really want to do is stand up 
and tear down every last coat, one-by-one.

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  1. Date: 2/7/2012 5:53:00 AM
    Belated congratulations to you on your win in Brian's "Four To Fourteen" contest Katie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/5/2012 12:30:00 AM
    Very nice and super creative, I really enjoyed this poem. Congrats on your well deserved win.........S. Ronthorpe

  1. Date: 2/4/2012 11:30:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win. This is a fascinating write.

  1. Date: 2/3/2012 3:51:00 PM
    Congratulations, heart felt

  1. Date: 2/3/2012 2:57:00 PM
    What an image and brings back so many memories too [I bet for lots of folks] Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 2/3/2012 8:47:00 AM
    congrats Katie on a wonderful first place win for this brilliant beauty luv..

  1. Date: 2/3/2012 8:46:00 AM
    I think everyone at one time or another has felt this need to escape and the desire to tear down that around us. But, hopefully, more positive acts prevail. Nice write. Congrats Katie

  1. Date: 2/3/2012 6:53:00 AM
    Super job Katie and congratulations on your winning entry. Jon

  1. Date: 2/3/2012 6:30:00 AM
    Katie, So much going on here, personification then metaphors layered on that, almost like a taco dip that burns your mind instead of your tongue. Don't forget, however, that if God wants us to forgive others we have to start with ourselves first. Well deserved win!

  1. Date: 2/3/2012 6:01:00 AM
    Congratulations Katie x

  1. Date: 2/3/2012 5:48:00 AM
    Congrats to you for your first place win!! Blessings, Rhonda:)