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Below is the poem entitled Unfinished which was written by poet Broken Wings. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Youth I remember you well The happiness and the perfection A lifetime in which to dwell No worries to block my path Playing make believe with my dolls Unaware of the passage of time and age Oblivious to hate and cruelty Happy and content with my thoughts No nightmares to disturb my peace Teddy bear pressed to my cheek Friends to laugh with A Mom and Dad to hold close Boyfriends that came and went A long life ahead A career, love, marriage, children No rock left unturned Elder Do I know this reflection This woman who bears my name Where did the little girl of yesterday go And the woman that was me She only resides inside nowadays My hair has lost its sparkle My cheeks are hollow and pale Eyes that are too dark and empty My beauty has faded away Many deaths have left me alone Nightmares rock me to sleep In the dark I weep I fear the end and wish it also The pain of old age pulses in my bones Dear God, take me home Death I lay beneath the green earth In peace I dwell Here I watch the changing sky The rain drenches me The snow is beautiful as it lays upon me The sun soothes my bones The cool earth wraps me in her arms Filigree clouds drift by dreamily I listen to the wind in the trees I hear the voices weep above me I gather each falling tear Death is not such a terrible place I want to say to those above The youth of yesterday was fleeting My elder years were long and painful And only death has loved me well Now I reside in Paradise My only regret are things left unfinished June 21, 2013 Free Verse For the contest, Talking to Yourself

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  1. Date: 7/19/2013 9:41:00 AM
    wow, Constance, I have not even seen the winner list for this contest but I bet yours was at the top. It's magnificent!! I came across it by seeing the top recent 100 poems at Soup!!

  1. Date: 7/11/2013 10:39:00 PM
    an excellent "talking to yourself" winning poem.... Congratulations, always & forever ~ Linda

  1. Date: 7/11/2013 8:49:00 AM
    This is absolutely touching and beautiful! Congrats on your well deserved win! AO

  1. Date: 7/9/2013 10:37:00 AM
    Constance this is so well done. A well deserve win. Congrats! Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 7/9/2013 10:33:00 AM
    Knew this would be a winner :) Congrats!!

  1. Date: 7/8/2013 11:57:00 PM
    your work has always been so wonderful to read~and has only grown in refinement!... sweet congrats, my constance..:)

  1. Date: 7/8/2013 2:13:00 PM
    Oh, Constance.....this is so wonderful and touching, and you inspire us to believe the afterlife is something to look forward to! Wonderful !!

  1. Date: 7/8/2013 1:39:00 PM
    Bravo Constance--check out my blog

  1. Date: 6/22/2013 1:28:00 PM
    Hello Constance, I see this is on the Top 100 Most Recent list. You have created a phenomenal journey for the reader. The peaceful acceptance of the cycle of life is stunning. The last stanza is my favorite the way you describe, so eloquently, the final destination of this life. You're on my list of faves :)

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 5:06:00 PM
    You have done exactly what he was looking for with this write my friend! An excellent poem for us all to read this evening! I really loved this delightful piece, going through time, whether quickly or slowly, you progressed brilliantly! What a dynamic piece, Great work!!

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 2:03:00 PM
    this is just so beautiful, Constance. I've got tears in my eyes

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 9:41:00 AM
    Constance, I totally agree with Gail below. 1st place material indeed! You described each phase of life perfectly, and your portrayal of death is so hopeful and reassuring. 7 and a fave :)