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Nothing Remains

My fingers grasp at the void, empty-handed...
My heart lingers at hollowness, emptied out...
reminiscent when time got wrinkled, worn
when night and day left,
and only nothing remained.

The embers of my burning words
 wither into the palest of ashes,
it makes me think of dead skin cells—
they are nothing but dust
sloughed off, then piled up into dusty corners, forgotten.
Minuteness discarded, a  lover’s crumbling skeleton.

A noise barrage invades my soul’s silence,
an onslaught of thought and reason—
A wailing, pounding, desert squall that drowns me, 
shattering the dam of tranquility.

I plunge back into this abyss of loneliness.
Of course nobody’s there. 
They have all been long gone.
And here I am, with only this vast void as my company.
It whispers, it screams
and echoes into my mind, 
what they’ve all been saying all along,
that I brought this upon myself.

Maybe I did. Of course I did.
Of course I did. Maybe I did.

Back and forth, back forth it goes...

I seek sanctuary in dreams,
for it is only there that my sea of loneliness
becomes a sea of ecstatic happiness...
I seek sanctuary in dreams,
for it is only there that I am welcome.

Touch me Not! Noli me tangere.
Wake me not...

Silence has blocked your ears.

The shattering of my heart was unperceived,
so I am left alone to take extreme care of these countless shards.
I can’t afford to hurt anymore, as I have done to the others. 
With my words. With my long-winding, droning and ever-boring words.
The death-inducing kind of boring.
And only nothing cared to remain. 

I am left with no choice but to be one with this nothingness,
flow along its waves, imbibe it and become it. Nix.
Let me evaporate, let me join that cycle of seeming nothingness.
That nothing, that stark quiet before the storm.

Breathe deep into that void.
Inhale nothing. 
Hear nothing. See nothing.  Say nothing.

Then wait...

Can you feel me now?

As nothing touches you.

*** This was inspired from Catie’s “Nothing Remains”. In choosing this, in no 
way am I saying that her poem needs improvement. It is brilliant as it is. I chose this poem of hers because it moved me and spoke to me.  Thank you, Catie.


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  1. Date: 6/17/2014 11:11:00 PM
    I feel the Nothing you throw at me! Wish I could read more poetry but I'm ADHD as all hell. I can sit and write but me and reading don't flow together. I did DiGG this tho' . JSL

  1. Date: 9/18/2013 6:52:00 PM
    cont....... This poem is another example of how talented you speak from the heart as someone who knows despair and rejection....or at least can understand these feelings..... But never in a million years would I want this to be are so treasured by so many .....this is amazing poetry. I do hope you are doing great....I haven't written does not mean I'm ever too busy for you!! Hugs, dear Nikko!

  1. Date: 9/18/2013 6:49:00 PM
    Oh, dear Nikko........I have just finished listening to you read your own poem on Drake's archive ........I am sorry I missed the live show, perhaps I would have been brave enough to call in and talk to you in person!! (I'm such a coward...but my excuse that I wasn't home on Sunday) !! This poem you wrote for Catie is so powerfully sad......not a reflection of who you are at all. You have no idea how I smile to hear your could read the phone book and make me smile!

  1. Date: 5/1/2013 6:09:00 AM
    Brilliant Nikko, a eye into self.Congrats Anne

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 11:47:00 AM
    Gosh....GOSH! You are something special. You write captivating pieces. Im over the top impressed!

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 8:12:00 PM
    It is filled with sorrow and longing for something better. I feel you put a lot of yourself in this and am glad it is there for us to read.

  1. Date: 1/9/2013 1:11:00 AM
    Amazing write!

  1. Date: 1/2/2013 1:57:00 AM
    Happy New year dear.You are truely missed

  1. Date: 12/21/2012 9:46:00 PM
    Nikko, stopping by with my warmest thoughts~ my best wishes go out to you and your family. Have yourself a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year* Always & Forever ;-) PD

  1. Date: 12/1/2012 2:33:00 AM
    Nikko finally getting time to see what I have missed in the last few months, This is just a stunning write 'a whispering void' boy oh boy where did that come from, seriously this leaves me breathless, super congrats on your very well deserved win, have a peaceful weekend...David

  1. Date: 11/28/2012 4:15:00 AM
    So full of emotions in your poem. In between the lines are sadness. The answer to that question is yes, I can feel the words you have injected in your poem. Hey, can you have a cup of coffee with me when I will be in Manila? Say yes my dear poetess! Then I can plan ahead to see you. Oo na ang sagot naman! Love, Dalila

  1. Date: 11/5/2012 11:13:00 PM have touched my heart and soul with such expressed emotions..It feels so good to find these few moments and be here reading great friends like you-big hugs dear..How are you?

  1. Date: 10/24/2012 5:04:00 PM
    Very painful thoughts and feelings hard to live and I'm sure hard to re-visit Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 10/23/2012 6:09:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Catie's "Re-Write" contest Nikko. Wonderful to see you here and a winner. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/21/2012 2:26:00 PM
    brilliant nikko, both catie's and your version are wonderful poems.. congrats,

  1. Date: 10/21/2012 11:15:00 AM
    An excellent write Nikko, congratulations on your win in Catie's contest. I enjoyed the read~ Caryl

  1. Date: 10/21/2012 6:15:00 AM
    lovely write, Nikko - big congrats. Couldn't leave Soupmail (I keep getting the system 500 error message): Thanks so much for your kindness, Nikko - Dad's cancer is incurable, but we all appreciate your thoughts and prayers. I hope all is well with you and yours, my friend, love from Jack x

  1. Date: 10/21/2012 5:11:00 AM
    Your talent is astounding Nikko, and you know l mean what l say. A beautiful shape you molded into your deserving First Place Win. Congratulatoins my friend.

  1. Date: 10/21/2012 12:09:00 AM
    wonderfully written poem.Big congratulations on you win :) cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1. Date: 10/20/2012 9:15:00 PM
    Nikko, a nice win,,i have not read caties poem...but, i'm sure you out did yourself..congrats .......xox~pd