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This map has grown lines,
deep creases, curled corners,  
since you've been gone.
Tear-stains and fingerprints
mar its wrinkled pages like scars,
mocking markers 
of where you've gone.

Mum's face has grown lines
around her mouth and eyes
since you've been gone.
And each sunrise tallies the days, 
fading the map's mosaic of colours 
as time fades the memory 
of your silly smile.

This map is a liar:
It tells me you're nearby,
only a page-length away.
But an entire world separates us.
Cities and countries and continents.
Rivers and lakes and oceans.
Land and sea 
have taken you from me.
And I want you back.

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  1. Date: 6/1/2013 2:14:00 PM
    CONGRATS!!! love ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 9:44:00 AM
    Heather, Congratulations on your sweet awesome free verse win.... you poem rocks... :-) Linda

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 4:05:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Heather xx

  1. Date: 4/29/2013 9:46:00 AM
    Heather, this is finely crafted with the usual quality of design as though you paint the words with an artists brush

  1. Date: 3/18/2013 9:39:00 AM
    Sad... My father loves maps and is always planning the next trip... He doesn't understand why I stay home... It's because every thing I want is here... He keeps traveling....

  1. Date: 3/15/2013 10:22:00 PM
    I've always loved maps. Not only are they often beautiful in themselves, they talk about meaningful places, memories, plans... Very nice writing. Jack

  1. Date: 3/15/2013 10:21:00 AM
    Awesome job of penning emotion. The tangible elements of grief make it a far better poem in my opinion, than one that only talks about grief and one person's woes. An artful showing of the facts here actually adds interest to the subjects' plight.

  1. Date: 3/14/2013 8:49:00 AM
    truly nice keep up the nice work.

  1. Date: 3/14/2013 6:33:00 AM
    my...this is soaked with deep emotion. It's great, Heather...and so unique an idea with the map. By the way, you said you couldn't wait to read the next ridiculous poem. Well, it's up, and it's gross...haha

  1. Date: 3/14/2013 4:12:00 AM
    Very nice... Terry

  1. Date: 3/13/2013 10:48:00 PM
    wow, Heather!!! I will have to fave you back. You put up a stunner with this one!!!

  1. Date: 3/13/2013 6:12:00 PM
    I like the meaning of the map Heather... it does trick us so close places seem yet hours away they really are, enjoyed this one

  1. Date: 3/13/2013 6:01:00 PM
    Very lovely Heather..its how I feel every time one of my three brothers were deployed somewhere...I know you are writing about something else but its the same feeling. Loved it..

  1. Date: 3/13/2013 2:18:00 PM
    I love how you look at things, another treasure in map form.

  1. Date: 3/13/2013 11:42:00 AM
    I agree with Ruben...this is so heart rending! My dear....I'm going to fav it as well and give it a glorious 7...Heather...the map leads to your heart. Forget the can keep him in your heart...and make your own memories of missed events. Hugs

  1. Date: 3/13/2013 9:54:00 AM
    My dear Heather!! What a strong emotion! You put tears in my eyes and I dont know why! Excellent write with a powerful ending line. Im going to fav this beauty.