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The Canvas

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The Canvas

She painted her emotions with a dark brush
My heart sunk into her canvas
Transported to an endless sadness
She greets me there with a smile
Her light not visable from the other side

"Come" she says
"There are many rooms to explore"
She skips along yesterday's corridors
I follow in tentative foot falls
She looks back, "Here it is, this is where we'll begin."
Through the door we go in

In an instant she disappears
I wondered was she ever here
Then a silent voice whispers in my ear
"Watch and listen, all will unfold"
I watch in silence, my heart feels cold

A mother in a hospital bed
Two baby girls
One of them dead
Tears of joy now sad instead
She whispers "do you see?? Happy Birthday, little me." 

I hear her giggle in another room
So I walk through another door,
a toddler alone on the floor
Mom sitting, at a table with a drink
Little girl starts crying
Mom doesn't even blink

The scene changes 
A parade of men
Mom needs her lovers
Over and over again

In the night
When mom's asleep
Into the girls room, the demons creep
On the bed, there she lays
She leaves her mind
While the bad man plays

I scream
I want him to stop
Her so helpless
Him there on top
The whisper returns "There is nothing to do,
I want you to know the source of my blue."

I say "please I can take no more"
With that she says "there is just one more door."
She is back, she takes my hand
I walk through a door to her promised land

The darkness, is all stripped away
She is young once more, it's bright as day
She turns and smiles, " I'm okay,
long ago I learned to pray."
I said "I do not understand, 
how could he let that happen to you?
Is he not to blame for your world of blue?"
She looks again with knowing smile
"You will understand in a while.
One day all anwers he will reveal, 
best understood when you learn to kneel.

From her canvas 
My mind wishes release
Flowing into my heart, an ancient peace
On humbled footsteps, my journey within
A world of shadows, paper thin
I see beyond sadness
I search within 

This dark picture, 
brushed stroked on my mind
Her life touched by sin, 
Is now redefined
No longer is she broken
I watch her light grow
She says "I'm okay,
it's time for you to go."

For Kelly Deschler's Ghost stories contest.

















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  1. Date: 11/7/2014 1:09:00 PM
    Yes Richard I see. The light for me is in revealing my hurt, I was nine and now thirty years later it still hurts, my boys are this age now and that opens me to my innocence, which is gifted to me by many kind people. I am much better because of it and things like this poem of yours.It helps, more than you could know. Thank you.

  1. Date: 11/6/2014 10:24:00 PM
    wow, this was awesome. great win ! great poem!

  1. Date: 11/6/2014 7:42:00 AM
    Congrats Richard,this is really nice.

  1. Date: 11/5/2014 3:55:00 PM
    Your amazing imagination has led you to write this incredible haunting story. Congratulations on your win Richard.

  1. Date: 11/5/2014 7:48:00 AM
    very gripping write Richard many congrats on your win:-) Hugs jan xx

  1. Date: 11/5/2014 6:20:00 AM
    Congratulations Richard on your fine win.

  1. Date: 11/4/2014 9:40:00 PM
    It is said that ghosts can be like messengers, who are just there to tell us things we need to know.... Your ghost story was beautiful, as well as chilling! Congrats on your win, Richard!

  1. Date: 5/24/2014 2:19:00 AM
    I love this read and how it took me to a seemingly endless labyrinth full of doors that look alike and nightmares are sleeping behind most of them. In all the confusion you lose your way out and suddenly you wake up, realizing it was all just a bad dream that felt so real as you catch your breath.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 5/24/2014 8:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Jake, thanks for reading one of my older ones. For me this is one that seemed to write it self. I love when I have that experience, it feels trancendent.
  1. Date: 5/18/2014 7:04:00 AM
    Very deep and moving Richard. I love the line "Touched by sin, now redefined" Well Done

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 5/18/2014 9:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Jerry, I'm glad you were able to find it.
  1. Date: 4/7/2014 10:57:00 PM
    Wow great write Richard!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 4/8/2014 8:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Arthur. This one is one I am proud of. I am glad you like it as well.
  1. Date: 2/3/2014 6:30:00 AM
    Being a father of three girls, this taps into a raw and protective to the extremes feel inside. Strong coffee this morning!... I dont expect you to return the read. We were in a contest together, I congratulated you, and you forgot about me... It's cool. I admire people for their work.. Touching Piece!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/3/2014 8:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hello Scribe, it would not have been my intention to forget you. The last contest I was in was Dr. Rams, I commented on all the winners and I think I had a half dozen who congratulated me. At times it is so hard to keep up here. Please accept my apology and thanks for commenting on my poem.
    PAPYRUS Avatar KEITH PAPYRUS
    Date: 2/3/2014 6:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Take care.
  1. Date: 2/2/2014 11:31:00 AM
    A winner indeed! A stellar winner! My best and congratulations, Richard...Chuck

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/2/2014 12:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Chuck.
  1. Date: 1/31/2014 7:01:00 PM
    The beginning of this poem is quite haunting, yet it ends very peacefully. I really enjoyed reading this one again, and I am not surprised that it is now a winner! Congratulations to you, as well!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/31/2014 7:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Kelly.
  1. Date: 1/31/2014 7:36:00 AM
    Congrats! You are a true bard, a storyteller of old who could be counted on to wow from rulers to peasants. Do you by any chance carry a lyre with you on your travels? Your line "best understood when we learn to kneel" says it all.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/31/2014 8:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Ha ha, no lyre. ;0)
  1. Date: 1/29/2014 4:55:00 PM
    great storyteller you are, rich.. sweet congrats!.. huggs

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/29/2014 6:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hugs back Nette. Thanks
  1. Date: 1/29/2014 4:53:00 PM
    A captivating write from beginning to end... Congratulations on this win... It was amazing.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/29/2014 6:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Carol
  1. Date: 1/29/2014 3:02:00 PM
    This is quite a captivating story. Congratulations on your win.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/29/2014 6:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Michael
  1. Date: 1/29/2014 6:28:00 AM
    Wonderful poem and congrats on the fine win, Richard

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/29/2014 6:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Dr. Ram.
  1. Date: 1/29/2014 6:14:00 AM
    so pleased to see this win Rick Congrats Shadow x smile hug

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/29/2014 6:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I am pleased as well, thanks Shadow.
  1. Date: 1/29/2014 2:34:00 AM
    Whoa Richard! This one really gripped my heart. You've really mastered the art of taking the reader into the places happening in the poem - I was pulled right into the dark places and just when I thought darkness would pervade, You pulled me right back into the light. Very well written!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/29/2014 6:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for picking my poem Vicky.
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