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There was scent of a fire in the call of the wind from a few blocks away, I could smell it today... someone burning a pile, in this first day of fall Leaves and debris, with smoke on the bend It darkened the sky of the September light with fragments of char, as dark as the night It drifted our way, and into the breeze, and it lifted the ash that caught in the fray, bits fluttering down then, onto our lawn, with fringes of gray A scrap from the classifieds, of newspaper ads A fragment, not burned, with a portion so sad just a singe on the edge, on the fringe of my day A scrap now was pending........and I dreaded the end I read someone's query, and my worries were tossed to the smoke-singed sureness, of a pet that had been lost ~ For those moments we had owned her, she was lost and alone Hungry and howling, on that cold autumn day It was a star-crossed encounter, a dachshund we had found We would feed her, and bed her, had asked all around and a with a few passing days.....she had found a new home. Here in our hearts, becoming our own A name we had chosen, she came when we called but today I know, she is not ours, at all... The wind off the river, pushing paper and leaves fragments of yesterday fluttering our way......... Spinning on down, every twist, every turn changing the moment......without being heard Small bitter pieces are coming our way changing small fragments, and the heart of today.

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  1. Date: 2/1/2015 2:44:00 PM
    HI CARRIE, CONGRATS on your win ~ SKAT ~

  1. Date: 1/29/2015 8:23:00 PM
    Carrie, wow.. You write as if you had wings! Congrats on another top finish!!

  1. Date: 1/29/2015 2:20:00 PM
    An exceptional write Carrie - many congrats on your win:-) Hugs Jan xx

  1. Date: 1/28/2015 5:55:00 PM
    This just blew me away Carrie...That singed scrap of newspaper REALLY got to me. This narrative has such a beautiful yet melancholy tone to it...almost as if you had lost a child? And then there's that RHYME scheme...

  1. Date: 1/27/2015 3:29:00 AM
    Hi Carrie. Congrats>love>rajat

  1. Date: 1/26/2015 5:12:00 PM
    You're created an amazing story round her, fragments if heart tugging moments congrats on your win Carrie, xxx

  1. Date: 1/26/2015 4:55:00 PM
    Carrie, good descriptive write, they sure grow on us . Congratulations on your win and a 7. Blessings dear friend eve

  1. Date: 1/26/2015 3:19:00 PM
    Thank you for entering this eloquent poem, and congrats.

  1. Date: 1/26/2015 3:12:00 PM
    Carrie, congratulations on your 1st Place win for this wonderful poem that touched my heart. My daughter took in a Tuxedo cat years ago, one who was surely owned by someone who took care of him. She scoured the newspaper ads and called everywhere trying to find the owner. No owner came forth, but she would have been heartbroken if he or she did. Anyway, it's been 12 years and "Georgie" has had a wonderful life with my daughter's family. Anyway, I love your poem! Hugs, Sandra

  1. Date: 1/26/2015 2:44:00 PM
    A charming verse which did so much more that what was expected a 1 for me. Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/23/2013 10:13:00 PM
    congratulations Carrie.... Love ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 9/22/2013 11:36:00 PM
    So heartfelt dear Carrie. It brought tears to my eyes. You are such a gifted writer. Lainie

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 10:15:00 PM
    Carrie, Congrats on your "Fragment" winning poem. xox~ LINDA

  1. Date: 9/18/2013 9:00:00 PM
    Wow Carrie an amazing story of how life can change in an instant. Excellent write and win! Hugs

  1. Date: 9/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
    wow so good Carrie! Who's #1 YOU Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/17/2013 8:44:00 AM
    Nicely crafted work! Looks like you've been busy in my absence. RAY

  1. Date: 9/17/2013 4:54:00 AM
    congrats on another first rate 1st place win, carrie! when I read this the first time around I said it was an excellent entry :)

  1. Date: 9/16/2013 11:21:00 PM
    Superbly penned! Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 9/16/2013 8:28:00 PM
    So touching and very heart rending if it is true. Congratulations on a fine win. SuZ

  1. Date: 9/16/2013 7:02:00 PM
    Very nice. I like it.