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Weary... my footsteps reach a dark alley
as gray light pushes stars into tender
tempest; notes from an old man's
weeping guitar choke my lungs droning, droning---
as if bitter bass of winds silences
my voice--- never to hear pang of a numb day
that holds this sacred dream I'll never possess.

Entering the halls of my mind, there she is,
laughing like an angel divine, shaping a lullaby
I hummed when arms cradled her when one
night's breath snuffed my child before her time.

And though without her, the young plum tree
that grew under her shade will always bear
sour flowers...its leaves and branches
reaching out to me with tender longing. 

Perhaps I'll water them one day,some day...
because without their blooms, I might forget
the face of my little girl whose cheeks
looked like their flushing sheaths...and I gaze
at the same moonlight to touch her eyes
then fold them to sleep. Opening the rusty door,

we kiss," goodnight, baby... I am home."

---Based on my first cousin's experience
Love and Loss Contest for Charlotte Puddifoot

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  1. Date: 1/31/2014 4:38:00 AM
    This is Saudade A portuguese song or poem. they always concern a deep nostalgic state or a melancholic longing for someone or something. This achieves that for me. I have been intrigued by this word for a long time. Your poem really showed sadade to me . Thank you

  1. Date: 1/28/2014 4:50:00 AM
    A fine win,, Congrats nette! Love and Loss, truly,, but I loved how you expressed your emotions. love you,,huggs!!

  1. Date: 1/27/2014 12:33:00 PM
    I was touched by some of the images. They possessed a realism. Congrads.

  1. Date: 1/27/2014 1:50:00 AM
    Sad yet beautifully penned, and nights breath snuffed- touched me deep,,, Congrats Nette on your top win !!

  1. Date: 1/26/2014 3:54:00 AM
    Love & loss in optima forma. Congrats on writing this poem. Dutch greetings Elly

  1. Date: 1/25/2014 7:39:00 PM
    Very emotional , full of imageries, nette

  1. Date: 1/25/2014 3:11:00 PM
    THIS is what I've been waiting to see from you, nette, a little more emotional content! you have got the balance of emotion and imagery just right in this - sheer perfection! I loved it the first time I read it, and knew I was looking at a 1st place winner - congrats! :)

  1. Date: 1/21/2014 6:56:00 PM
    so very sad, Nette. Beautifully expressed.

  1. Date: 1/21/2014 3:58:00 PM
    Nette, this one is very good and interesting...SKAT

  1. Date: 1/21/2014 1:23:00 AM
    Ouch!!! This hurts, So beautifully expressed. Hope your heart heals. My prayers are with you.

  1. Date: 1/20/2014 9:46:00 PM
    This is a terrible occurrence that has happened here my friend, and you tell it so beautifully, the pain is so eloquently written within each line of this write, how masterfully done! It hurt to read this awesome poem Nette, wow, the power you wield by the words of this immensely exceptional piece! Great Work!!

  1. Date: 1/20/2014 4:50:00 PM
    Hi Nette, Another deeply touching write from you..

  1. Date: 1/20/2014 4:07:00 PM
    A very touching write with a personal feel to it, you wrote is so well, I was unsure at first if it was your experience, you captured the woman's sufferance with great compassion, Nette, you never cease to amaze me, with your deep writes, you make a friend proud, xxx

  1. Date: 1/20/2014 1:59:00 PM
    Hi Nette very emotional words enjoyed the read, all the best Poetowen

  1. Date: 1/20/2014 12:37:00 PM
    Such an emotional poem Nette, You are always at your best when you write this way....Hugs....Roger

  1. Date: 1/20/2014 10:13:00 AM
    My, it's been a long time since a poem has really moved me, such as yours. Your poem is devastating, emotional, and very haunting, yet, still beautiful. Your words don't just paint a picture they paint emotions. I hope this is not about you, though--- brilliant!

  1. Date: 1/20/2014 9:28:00 AM
    I sit staring at this page. It has touched me so deep I cannot tell you,, nette, your girl is with the angels and very very close to God! This is one, one can never forget...a tight hug, nette.. wish it could ease some of that pain. I'm close to you now, is all I can say...

  1. Date: 1/20/2014 8:45:00 AM
    - Beautiful / Sad ..... Nette :) :( - Have a great Monday. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 1/20/2014 7:02:00 AM
    Oh my, this hurts to read, I pray this is a flight of imagination and not a personal experience. Either way this is a powerful piece and I applaud you for this masterpiece.