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Below is the poem entitled Semblance which was written by poet Irene Hammer-McLaughlin. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Your crisis of conviction
Of the ages and the aging
Left me a bereft,
stupid, scarred leaf  --
Trembling, weathered, soliciting 
something of a haven from 
Graver monsters still.

That I gave you 
So much tarp on which to trample
And the bit of flower I cultivated
Continues to gnaw at me.
The caterpillar now chrysalis
You are morphing into something beautiful
While I a mere rotting, invidious corpse.

Please, I beg you,
fly off that I may collapse
or  compose myself
(all compost and rot)
if not into something 
good and true
At least into something else.

You don't recognize yourself anymore.
Neither do I:
bearing no resemblance
to a creature once beloved.

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  1. Date: 8/4/2009 6:03:00 AM
    Good Morning Irene. I enjoyed reading your wonderful poem this morning. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/3/2009 12:01:00 PM
    Interesting writing. Sara