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Soul of a Daughter, Life of a Stranger

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Soul of a Daughter, Life of a Stranger


Yesterday when I stood before him, he spoke my name
Today, I still stand, but the floorboards are cold
and he no longer knows the color of my eyes. 

With each spoonful of the steaming grey I lift my arms,
Up, then down, again and again, a repeated motion – weeping,
My arms are trembling with the weight of the spoon
that holds in its cupped womb my raw, injured soul.

Father, I say, in a voice cold from straining not to break 
I prod away the soup dribbling down his chin, gently.
The wrinkled hands are limp at his sides, lost.

What should be mad and free is caged within me; fluttering
feebly, thumping about in a circle of broken pieces
The look in his blank eyes has labeled me a stranger
But when they are closed my name is written on his face.

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  1. Date: 7/31/2010 1:16:00 PM
    I just wanted to say: your poem is amazing. I wish I had written it. Love, Sara

  1. Date: 7/10/2010 9:54:00 AM
    Wow!! Congrats on being featured this week with this fabulous write, I truely enjoyed the read. Caryl

  1. Date: 7/10/2010 8:27:00 AM
    very touching poem, congrats on being featured this week

  1. Date: 7/6/2010 3:40:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week at PoetrySoup Grace. May you have many more features. Love,Carol

  1. Date: 7/5/2010 10:09:00 AM
    Congrats Grace, on your deserved win and on having your poem being featured on the Poetry Soup homepage this week, you are such a great talent! keep up the great writes, and enjoy the honor., wishing you all the best with your poems. Love, Adeleke

  1. Date: 7/5/2010 10:08:00 AM
    Congrats Grace, on your deserved win and having your poem being featured on the Poetry Soup homepage this week, you are such a great talent! keep up the great writes, and enjoy the honor. Love, Adeleke

  1. Date: 7/5/2010 9:25:00 AM
    Congrats Grace on your featured poem this week on the Soup.. a great choice to share with us all.. with luv from the "Sweetheart" in Hawaii..AlohA

  1. Date: 7/5/2010 7:03:00 AM
    Many congrats on your wonderfully heartfelt poem being featured this week. Rgds Janette

  1. Date: 7/1/2010 8:59:00 PM
    Oh how sad and yet beautifully written. Congratulations Grace. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 6/30/2010 8:27:00 PM
    Congrats for 5th place win

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 9:27:00 PM
    wow that last part very powerful. A heartfelt poem for sure. Congratuations! andrea

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 5:03:00 PM
    Very good write! I love the closing lines, especially. Congratulations on your win!

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 10:45:00 AM
    Beautifully done! Anyone who has had to take care of an elderly parent will get the message loud and clear. Congrats on the win! Dan C

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 10:19:00 AM
    congratulations,Grace, on your poem's success. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 9:06:00 AM
    Congratulations Grace on your win in Paula Swanson's contest "Fill In The Blanks" Love, Carol