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Bottled Up

Summer of '99

How ironic. There I was, waking to a magnificent kaleidoscopic sky 
and I had no one to share it with. I thought you'd be there but I knew 
that it was too good to have lasted. It was too perfect--
you were too perfect, all the way down to your cheesy pick up
line... "Steamy Summer Love" indeed...

But what is steam anyway? I guess the love that we shared
that summer literally evaporated. All at the heat of the moment.
How cliched. But it sure burned me, now I realize how true it is 
that steam is way much hotter than boiling water. 
Was it all a dream? I tend to think so, but then 
I finger the bracelet around my wrist, 
and realize it was true after all.
 Breath on breath. Skin to skin. Heartbeat to heartbeat.
Soul to soul? I thought so.

I've come back here, to this same spot where we were a year ago,
just for me to let go.
 Literally bottling up everything... 
this write goes in this bottle, as well as some sand here 
and your joke of a bracelet.
I'm tossing this out to sea, because that's where it belongs--
those memories to be swallowed up. 
Passion purged 
by angry waves...

Was it a fantasy? Maybe, but then I hold him close to me
and realize it wasn't. I named him Nicholas, you know.
See, I remembered your name.


Summer of 2008

I've come back to this place to mull over something rotten
 I did a decade ago. And remember-- that gorgeous face, 
those mesmerizing eyes and smile... that amazing spirit. 
And hit myself on why I was such a fool. 

Then I see this bottle, and in it is some sort of letter, 
and what is this? A bracelet? An all too familiar one--
holding it in my palm, I get a chill not brought on by the sea breeze.
Reading the note, I burn up, ashen.
I then weep till my eyes and soul feel like dying.

I have a son.
and her name has escaped my memory. 

** July 18 2010r06262012

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  1. Date: 3/2/2013 10:25:00 AM

    your poem above still hits a deep feeling inside... hope you are well,,, and had the greatest birthday... xox~PD

  1. Date: 3/2/2013 10:23:00 AM

    Hi Nikko, you can still find me on yahoo messenger,, if you have not removed me...i would like to say hi to you.... here's my new address..... 118 Curtis Place #19 Robstown Texas 78383 <----- my address my e-mail ......

  1. Date: 7/2/2012 3:57:00 PM

    Congrates on your win. jane

  1. Date: 6/29/2012 1:13:00 PM

    Nikko , belated congrats on your win..David

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 12:29:00 PM

    Congratulations on your placement in the Summer contest Nikko. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 10:33:00 AM

    in what dimension were you writing this, nikks?... incredible write with flashbacks... parang classy teleserye and that is a compliment!.... wowie congrats!..:) huggs!

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 1:21:00 AM

    Congratulations on your wonderful win Nikko. You are such a great poet and you write like an old soul. Blessings, Lotus

  1. Date: 6/26/2012 6:41:00 PM

    Nikko, I just read what I wrote about your poem here in JUly of 2010. YOu had entered this in a contest and not placed in top three and I had told you it should be in top three. And here it is today, TOP THREE, as it justly deserved. Congrats my friend.

  1. Date: 6/26/2012 4:19:00 PM

    Never in a million years would I have guessed this mature person was my little monkey! ;) WONDERFULL WRITING Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/26/2012 3:59:00 PM

    congrats on a splendid write nikko, what an epic this is, told from both perspectives, and that ending is a real gut punch...I love the conversational tone you employ in so many of your poems :-)

  1. Date: 6/26/2012 2:40:00 PM

    A great tale and you made it come to life. Congratulations on your big win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 6/26/2012 1:57:00 PM

    Oh Nikko...I'm proud to share placement with such a story as yours....feels as if I have watched the past...and some intimate lives unfurl beneath the summer are a marvelous story-teller!!

  1. Date: 6/26/2012 1:52:00 PM

    Wow, Nikko...excellent write! I love how you wrote from both perspectives. Congrats on your win!! Love and Blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 7/20/2010 4:21:00 AM

    wow!! Nikko, this is still an awesome entry,, read it,, i am her to sy hey hey hey,,bye,..p.d.

  1. Date: 7/19/2010 7:31:00 AM

    Congratulations Nikko on your well deserved win in A Rambling Poet's contest "Steamy Summer Love". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/19/2010 1:50:00 AM

    Hi Nikko, congratulations on your win with this amazing write. I think I need to learn from you, I'm hating my own poetry right now, it's too constrained. Maybe I need a break or something. Anyway, this is a super write. I love the two halves being from different pov, and how sad that he remained oblivious to his son for 10 years. Love it ~ Sharon :)

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 8:02:00 PM

    well, Nikko. I am glad you won, but wow, this one for me was like in a top three!! (but maybe then I'd have to lose MY spot. hahaha) Keep up your great writing. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 12:01:00 PM

    Congratulations on your win in the contest, Nikko! One of my favs. today! Peace, love, Audrey

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 8:56:00 AM

    Congrats NIKKO on your winning poem in the ladies part of the Steamy Summer Love contest with this awesome account for an entry.. enjoyed and enjoy your big win my sweet dear friend.. with luv..

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 8:20:00 AM

    A powerful poem, Nikko! I believe I should do the same!! Too many old memories still stored somewhere! Just read that this newly develped cyclone won't hit Manila and moving onwards to China!!! Magkaroon ng isang magandang linggo!...) Gert

  1. Date: 7/17/2010 11:59:00 PM

    Teacher Nikko, this one goes into my fav.. Not going to tell you why though hehe jk :) love it WNN

  1. Date: 7/17/2010 11:10:00 PM

    lol,,I know your not gonna like this, but i liked the one that was not done better... lol.. I am so kiding,,, Nikko you did an awesome job, wow !!! this one really impressed and crazy, but hey aren't we all,, it is worht the 4th trip down,, that is how many times i will probably come and leave you comments here. Well i am done with my math so i will go read more,..p.d.

  1. Date: 7/17/2010 10:34:00 PM

    Nikko, I didn't quite get it and had to read it again and then WOW, I got it. Geeez, you did an amazing job, Nikko. This will score really high, or I am a monkey's uncle (or just a plain monkey) LUv, Andrea ps you could enter this in your own twist contest and win!!

  1. Date: 7/17/2010 1:41:00 PM

    I don't blame you for tossing that bracelet back into the sea, Nikko. As you say, "steam" evaporates, but often leaves people feeling burned. Very moving poem that should do well in the contest! Best wishes for success! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 7/17/2010 11:48:00 AM

    LOL,, and need to tell me when you are dne because i will check myself..unless if you see no incomming coment in more than 2 days.. than something is wrong with.. me.. hahha,, maybe I have Knots in my hair.. heheh.. nOT..kidding..later,..p.d.

  1. Date: 7/17/2010 11:46:00 AM

    Smart move Nikko,, nice when you do get to it.. hahaha,, no i was going to soup mail you,, but when i had time to comment you,,i am on chat right now,,, So i saw your comment,,,,No but you are right I am tricky... hahahah very,,p.d.

  1. Date: 7/17/2010 7:04:00 AM

    You have soup go to member area and go down the page and click on your INBOX!

  1. Date: 7/17/2010 7:03:00 AM

    you see the little teacuppie thingie by your name we click that then write you soup mail! and see below Carolyn comment....(we are just using this as an example NO block the Carolyn!) follow the date line all the way to the right..see the EYE..if you click that you block that person from commenting on your work. You can unblock later if you wish!

  1. Date: 7/16/2010 1:13:00 PM

    Nikko, your "U and ME" contest is listed again. Perhaps you forgot to lock it after you posted the results. You had some great entries! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 7/16/2010 12:00:00 PM

    Good luck with whatever u write sweet friend..Nikko.. and why is your contest appearing on the contest page again? tried to enter and its the same one as before ...check it out.. with luv..