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The Core

Finger-painted masterpieces fasten to my chambers.
A heart, unplugged, pumping creation; born of mother,
my miracle formed by faith, wisdom of labor
and sweat passed from woman to woman. I shudder
in remembrance of my own birth, meditating
on the forgotten, peeling back youth with eyes
wet with waves crashing; I hear voices reverberating 
praise in a womb of darkness bringing forth cries
of life. All journeys have led me down a broken path
to home where my heart sticks to peanut butter
and jelly smiles. I build a nest of green and rest on the Sabbath;
I wear my scars like singed moth wings hoping to again flutter.
Always seeking the proverbial flame, I burn in want of more,
more of you, spinning into breath of life - my resilience, the core.  

Copyright © Rhonda Johnson-Saunders

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  1. Date: 1/21/2013 8:25:00 PM
    Hullo, Rhonda. A very belated blessing towards a healthy and prosperous 2013~! I hope everything is ok with you, and that life is treating you well.

  1. Date: 11/22/2012 4:51:00 PM
    great sonnet! Where'd you go gal? Happy Thanksgiving! Light & Love

  1. Date: 10/20/2012 9:48:00 PM
    Hi, Rhonda! I love this very beautiful masterpiece! My hearty congratulations on your awesome win! love/hugs:) Leonora

  1. Date: 10/19/2012 6:28:00 AM
    Hey you! Got your email, VERY late... long story... congrats on your win, awesome piece. sigh must go. xox

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 3:16:00 PM
    Holy cow!! Glad I didn't have to judge this contest with so many writes as awesome as this. I've read this 4 times and each time something new paints an additional picture---the moth to the flame is such the frustrating infinity and perfect metaphor--love it!!

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 11:06:00 AM
    Congrats on your winning work..Sara

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 8:52:00 AM
    Most worthy, Rhonda. congratulations on your words and your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 7:51:00 AM
    Beautiful - combining the modern with the timeliness of home and hearth. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 6:55:00 AM

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 6:25:00 AM
    Congratulations on your 3rd place win in Cyndi's contest Rhonda. Love, Carol XXXX

  1. Date: 9/26/2012 6:39:00 AM
    Wonderful Sonnet done Rhonda. loved the read.

  1. Date: 9/22/2012 10:51:00 PM
    Rhonda, you are obviously practicing your poetry, because you really wrote a gem of a modern sonnet, here. It is very nice to read such a strong poem -- the ending couplet only reinforces your faith even more, and it isn't pushed 'in the reader's face'....actually has a universal feel to it, even though it is a personal topic(is this even making sense anymore?? Ha ha!). This is probably one of your best poems yet.

  1. Date: 9/22/2012 8:44:00 PM
    Wow, this is ever deep my friend, and I really love it! This is a very awesome poem my friend! My favorite part of this write has to be the part, "I wear my scars like singed moth wings hoping to again flutter." Boy can I feel that statement there! This poem sure says a lot, I loved each and every line of it too! Great Work!!