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Her Chestnut Hair

Her chestnut hair, loosened, cascading endlessly, 
Her never-tiring gaze searching the corners of my heart, 
Her smile so radiant it outshone the sun, 
Her words in which she reinvented the world, 
no more. 
Her beauty outlasted twenty summers and then was 

I never saw them cut her locks, 
never saw the light in her starved eyes pale, 
never saw her smile retreat, 
or heard her fall silent
as her body slowly froze
before they burned her, too,
upon some piled-up pyre.

For I stood by as the black car took her, 
At a distance 


My love dismissed by egoism

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  1. Date: 12/17/2010 7:54:00 AM
    Every word here flows and has a dynamic about it...I am over joyed to see that an artist found the poesy in such a subject ! Truly visual poet ! Much love, james

  1. Date: 12/8/2010 1:03:00 AM
    So sad Paul. charles

  1. Date: 12/7/2010 9:17:00 AM
    Well done Paul... The imagery is outstanding in this one. Lay

  1. Date: 12/7/2010 8:10:00 AM
    Thanks, Deborah, but the poem is not about what she wanted, or even what the first-person narrator wanted. It just does what it says, it is not an ethical statement to be considered fair or unfair.

  1. Date: 12/7/2010 8:03:00 AM
    You are very hard on yourself, I don't think she would have wanted you to die too. BIG HUGS Light & Love