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Solace in My Quill

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Solace in My Quill

I had found solace in my quill
Because therein could be expressed
That tragedy which gave me chills.
The pen and ink gave me some rest—

Because therein could be expressed
The cold emotion that I felt.
The pen and ink gave me some rest
From my own soul's distress and welts.

The cold emotion that I felt,
Discoloring my mind's debris
From my own soul's distress and welts—
For only sadness could I see.

Discoloring my mind's debris,
The ocean tossed and turned on me.
For only sadness could I see
And then I found you set me free.

The ocean tossed and turned on me
Yet you had taken me to land
And then I found you set me free;
We played like children in the sand.

Yet you had taken me to land;
You rescued me from sure demise.
We played like children in the sand;
You showed me that you were so wise.

You rescued me from sure demise—
That tragedy which gave me chills.
You showed me that you were so wise;
I had found solace in my quill.

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  1. Date: 3/13/2011 2:22:00 PM
    Oh, I just came here and saw you got a win. CONGRATULATIONS and I am happy to see you in a winner circle with this one. I liked how you had it be about a person who saved you in the end!

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 5:09:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the big contest..Sara

  1. Date: 11/25/2010 3:47:00 PM
    Hi Alvin.I think we all feel like you that it is a blessing that we can pour out our feelings through our words using our poet's pen.We can share our pains and joys with other's,and help them to cope with their own traumas in life,by showing that we empathise with them.I love how you have written this Pantoum and the words and images you have used to share your own feelings with us.A well deserved win.Congratulations.Love June(Sylvia)

  1. Date: 11/25/2010 3:26:00 AM
    Alvin - Many congrats on winning coveted spot in Soup Contest..... Happy Thanksgiving.... Luv & Best wishes.....Hitendra Mehta

  1. Date: 11/24/2010 4:36:00 AM
    Hey Alvin, warmest congrats to you on having your wonderful poem winning the Poetry Soup international Contest. keep your passionate pen flowing with inspiration and keep up the creative writes. You are such a wonderful talent. Keep writing. Love always. Adeleke.

  1. Date: 11/23/2010 5:51:00 PM
    Great pantoum. And what a great topic to base your pantoum on! Loved the title you gave it also. Congrats on your big win. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 11/23/2010 10:34:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Alvin in The PoetrySoup International Contest with your amazing poetry. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 10:15:00 PM
    Warmest congratulations, loved your poem it made for a great read, Anna-Marie.

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 9:56:00 PM
    Congrats for being among the winners, Cheers i take inspiration from you cheers suresh

  1. Date: 11/10/2010 10:05:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it through the first round of the Poetrysoup site contest Alvin. The best to you in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/21/2010 7:55:00 AM
    ALVIN, hello & Congratulations! On your awesome & well done poem being featured this week: ) have a nice one,..p.d.

  1. Date: 10/19/2010 2:14:00 PM
    Congratulations on being featured on homepage....Sara

  1. Date: 10/19/2010 1:08:00 PM
    congratulations on the feature :) This is fantastic! it was very well written, especially how you use the second line of each stanza as the first for the next. What you are writing in those stanzas are brilliant as well.

  1. Date: 10/19/2010 9:43:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week Alvin. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/19/2010 8:12:00 AM
    this is a wonderful poem, enjoyed reading this masterpiece. Harry

  1. Date: 10/19/2010 3:07:00 AM
    Congratulations!!!...you've glued me...such interesting narration...so original...for that i'll give u 10X10+10...^_^ v

  1. Date: 10/19/2010 1:00:00 AM
    Splendid write Alvin. Marvellous work

  1. Date: 5/25/2010 9:02:00 PM
    This is wonderful, I really enjoyed reading it, the pantoum is an interesting form...

  1. Date: 3/15/2010 4:09:00 PM
    Great write in this one...Writing as you say here really helps put it in a correct perspective..Keep the creative pen flowing. Sara