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Below is the poem entitled WHAT LURKS WITHIN which was written by poet Cyndi MacMillan. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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They say it was quick, her passing,
but he knows better, his young daughter
was never one to be rushed, toddled
in adolescence, dallied with mollycoddling. 

They say she didn’t suffer, died instantly,
but he knows better for her presence lingers 
between door and stair at each gloaming; 
despair has claimed the echo of a home.

They say it is a rare occurrence, 
But he kows better because she lived
her life that way, each moment serendipitous,
as though moths and clouds were extraordinary.

They say that her brain bled, an injury,
But he knows better, it was his world
that drained out instead and he searches
spotless floorboards for one trace of red.

They say life goes on, loss will lessen, 
but he knows better as he ages, terminally,
grief lurks like a ghost that only he sees.  

*Dedicated to the friend of a friend, whose daughter died suddenly due to a subarachnoid hemorrhage after a soccer game. There was no warning. She collapsed in her father's arms at the foot of their staircase. Somehow this painting reminded me of his sorrow, the unfathomable loss he bears. 

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  1. Date: 4/13/2013 10:04:00 AM
    OMG Cyndi--Powerful again and reminds us to pray for those who have lost and for the good health of those we love and not take anything for granted.

  1. Date: 4/8/2013 8:28:00 AM
    Congratulations on your winning spot Cyndi an interesting take on the theme xx

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 8:48:00 PM
    A splendid dedication to their loss, and deserving of recognition! RAY

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 7:01:00 PM
    A number one verse, congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 6:11:00 PM
    Cyndi~ Congratulations in Seren's "what lurks within" contest. Always~ LINDA

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 5:54:00 PM
    Sad tale well told, congratulations on your win.

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 5:20:00 PM
    hello Cyndi wondered whose poem this was, in fact all of them lol. congrats ..Seren

  1. Date: 3/16/2013 11:18:00 AM
    My goodness Cyndi, I bow to your gift with thought and words. There are so many famous published poets that don't deserve to pull your rickshaw.

  1. Date: 3/14/2013 11:56:00 AM
    You have a rare gift Cindy, being able to touch the emotions of one who is grieving in such a way, it certainly the workings of an archaic soul, your one in a million girl, have a great day xxx

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