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The Breakup

Waiting. The minutes groan arduously.
Somehow, perhaps – my heart fails to beat
with the rush of your momentary attention.
Perched precariously on spikes
Flesh colored, yet artificial – 
Manikin fingers, fidgeting.
Mournfully drenched in factious apology.
Our eyes meet briefly, then dart with bashfulness,
Choreographed precisely. 
Words uttered repetitively from wine stained lips 
Fill the tortuous silence – hesitantly.  
Your hollow ghost memory, porous and unsubstantial.

'We can work at this, ' you finally choke
An unfamiliar innocence, grasping -
Your voice childlike in its simplicity.
And for a second, I recognized that old stranger. 
I muster a skeptical nod – and smile limply, dismissively 
Fingering the rim of my glass. 
'And deceive ourselves with promises made before?'
I winced with audacity – impatient of your feeling,
As the words ripped your heart out clean.
You clear your throat in an effort to speak -
Those words never did surface...
My acid tongue, an all too familiar indulgence.

I raise hesitantly, your gaze fixated as I shrink.
A tormenting embrace, clothing saturated in your scent
Sodden with tears unshed.
Humoring your touch with finality – 
An unspoken understanding sneered behind the mask.
Face taunt with incomprehension, as sorrow squeezed out the substance.
I avoid the depths of my black dying heart, defiantly.
Anemic with reluctance – I usher the door
A smiling parody of phantom reminisce -
Poisonous and seductive. 
An enormous tear got away,
As you lay fragile and broken – bereft.

I’m sorry.

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  1. Date: 11/29/2012 3:27:00 PM
    So many good lines! such power..wonderful vocabulary..why aren't you writing more for us? fav line [Anemic with reluctance – I usher the door] Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/21/2012 10:36:00 PM
    JOSHUA,, Stopping by to greet you and every other soup poet, with a special thank you comment, during this wonderful Thanksgiving season. Hope you do not mind the time I am taking to express my sincere appreciation for any support you have offered during the years, or time you have been here on the soup. I am deeply thankful and extend to you my best wishes for a happy and healthy Poetic Magical Thanksgiving Day. *Always & Forever, the Poet Destroyer; -*

  1. Date: 11/16/2012 12:07:00 PM
    great piece...

  1. Date: 6/11/2012 6:01:00 AM
    This is great... I really enjoyed it. Nice to get such a blessing in such a beautiful monday afternoon.

  1. Date: 11/4/2011 10:21:00 PM
    My heart is breaking. ~Tru~

  1. Date: 11/4/2011 1:48:00 PM
    This is such a wonderful poem, even though the topic is one that no one ever wants to face. It is beautifully written, as well. Congratulations on the feature, as well!

  1. Date: 10/31/2011 6:30:00 PM
    JOSHUA, Congratulations on your featured poem of the week.. take care and have yourself a safe and fun Halloween night,..p.d.

  1. Date: 10/31/2011 12:33:00 PM
    Congratulations Joshua on your well deserving poetry being featured this week. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/17/2011 2:44:00 AM
    Exellent description and a sharp perception of the formentioned topic!! Very well done...CHEERS!!

  1. Date: 6/10/2011 4:05:00 PM
    Wonderful write and congratulations on its feature, really excellent flow... Well chosen vocabulary...

  1. Date: 6/10/2011 6:27:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Joshua. It is an honor to be on the list with you this week. May you find the inspiration to keep you writing. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/7/2011 8:45:00 AM
    My congratulations on your poem being featured this week, Joshua

  1. Date: 4/28/2011 2:06:00 PM
    both moving and beautiful .. you've set the scene perfectly and i think we've all been there.. i'll look out for some more of your poems in the future.naomi

  1. Date: 4/28/2011 7:29:00 AM
    Enjoyed reading your excellent poetry again today Joshua. I will be back again to read more. Please continue to write and share your poetry with us. The best to you in your writing endeavors whatever they may be. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/26/2011 5:16:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the contest Joshua. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/25/2011 11:27:00 AM
    Congrats Joshua on your HM in the Crisis contest with this excellent entry for Paula.. wonderful write .. enjoy your very special honor with luv..