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Cloak of Silence

she wore that same faded yellow
the cloak of October I called it
of the dying and the fading away

cheeks like willow trees, hollow
jagged gasps, cutting
the warmth of memory

eyes holding the blankness
of infertility
as if life had fallen into dormancy
beyond conception

she would lift bony hands
trying to capture the living
in a frail grasp

but time was drowning,
slipping deeper into sleep
sinking beneath consciousness

and breath labored
across chest's deepening valley
to settle like leaves
in Autumn silence...

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  1. Date: 10/6/2009 12:19:00 PM
    Bernadette, congratulations on making the first round of the contest...Raul

  1. Date: 10/4/2009 1:01:00 PM
    Amazing poem. Congrats!! Love LIght Truth Patricia

  1. Date: 9/26/2009 11:21:00 AM
    Berna dette, I just wanted to drop by and add--Congratulations on making it through the first round in the contest. Good luck in the finals! Karen

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 11:57:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poem making it through the first round.Wishing you the best in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/25/2009 11:05:00 AM
    Congratulations on your featured poem this week. May you have many more. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/25/2009 10:28:00 AM
    Congrats Bernadette on "Cloak of Silence" being featured. Vince

  1. Date: 6/23/2009 5:54:00 PM
    Bernadette - Congratulations on having your poetry featured this week, God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 6/23/2009 1:18:00 PM
    Good use of imagery and congratulations on your peom being featured this week. Ernilando

  1. Date: 6/22/2009 4:40:00 AM
    wonderful poem,..congrats on its feature !!! james

  1. Date: 6/21/2009 6:34:00 PM
    Much to think about in this poem. Good use of imagery. Congratulations on having your poem featured. Keep on writing! I wish you ongoing success. Karen