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the kissing ground

Sophie's sweat 
the claret red horizon
thick serum
from a Sickroom -
a death ward

where cracked knuckles
spatter the fjords 
moistening the planks;
bathing the laths of anxiety
marquis de sade stumps

Norwegian expressions of death -
murdering actuality;
the Dance of Life
rapidly burns
as a funeral pyre of Ashes are
seized from
your tribe’s headstone

the stench of brother’s legacy
a protected breath
and a Dead Mother can 
descry muted 
the Clock and the Bed

the two guardians of quietus
merely exit
this clotted bridge
contemptuously -
in soured and 


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  1. Date: 7/31/2012 11:42:00 PM

    JOHN, stopping by to read a couple of poems. CONGRATULATIONS!! :-) with your featured poem of the week. Goodnight~ LUV~ PD

  1. Date: 12/20/2010 4:04:00 PM

    Congratulations, John, on your win in the contest. Dan C

  1. Date: 12/20/2010 8:53:00 AM

    Congratulations John on your excellent pom's honored place. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 12:49:00 PM

    Congratulations on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 11/26/2010 9:49:00 AM

    Congratulations John! Nineth place, nine angels, nine reality a very fine number! I am always captivated by your subject and presentation. No bells and cymbals, no sugary confection; it just is. Great use of imagery and do write amazing well!! Best to you, John! Mikki

  1. Date: 11/25/2010 11:14:00 PM

    I am so happy for your on this magnificent win in the Poetry Soup Contest. A dramatic poet I do acclaim today with such enthusiasm and warmth: and that poet is you John! Your poem conveys mystery and suspense like a scene from a thriller! Big congratulations on your amazing win! Have a Happy Thanksgiving. :) God loves you as we all do at Poetry Soup! Peace and love, Andrew.

  1. Date: 11/25/2010 3:22:00 AM

    Heck - Many congrats on winning coveted spot in contest bringing you on verge of hat-trick ..... Happy Thanksgiving.... Luv & Best wishes.....Hitendra Mehta

  1. Date: 11/24/2010 9:46:00 PM

    Powerful images portrayed, drama and mystery is what I feel. congratulations John. regards Margaret

  1. Date: 11/24/2010 5:58:00 PM

    Hi John. I am not entirely familiar with this form.But I can see by your words and images it is indeed very dramatic.I think you have a very creative imagination and are also skilfull,a combination that made you a winner.Congratulations.Love June (Sylvia)

  1. Date: 11/24/2010 1:51:00 PM

    Super congrats on your win with this very interesting piece, John! :)-- nikko :)

  1. Date: 11/24/2010 10:45:00 AM

    Super congratulations, John, on this winning PS contest entry!!! And also for the Soup's mention at the top of this winner's well deserving are you!....of course you have always been one of my favorites!!

  1. Date: 11/24/2010 7:51:00 AM

    Well done, John! Big congratulations to you for this fine placement in the soup contest! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 11/23/2010 5:43:00 PM

    Awesome win, John. A big congratulations to you. Luv, Andrea ps Did your scene in that one series ever get filmed?

  1. Date: 11/23/2010 10:31:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win John in The PoetrySoup International Contest with your amazing poetry. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/23/2010 6:20:00 AM

    Super congrats John on your big win in the P.S. contest on site with this brilliant entry my friend.. enjoy a special place of honor today and enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving as well with luv..

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 10:12:00 PM

    Warmest congratulations, loved your poem it made for a great read, Anna-Marie.

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 9:55:00 PM

    Congrats bro, this one rocks! Nice one

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 9:46:00 PM

    Congrats for being among the winners, Cheers i take inspiration from you cheers suresh

  1. Date: 11/10/2010 4:57:00 AM

    Super congrats John on having two poems selected in the first round of competition in the P.S. contest luv.. good luck in the next phase for both of them...

  1. Date: 5/27/2009 6:44:00 AM

    My, the turn of phrases you use never cease to amaze and awaken the mind to colourful picture, painting the scene as you go and playing out the part of those involved...I often wonder where this muse comes from? Thanks for positioning my write in your contest, humbled...Smiles, Anna-Marie.

  1. Date: 3/16/2009 12:19:00 PM

    Wow...somehow I missed when the results for this contest were in...but this is a winning entry! Congratulations...I'm still reading and trying to figure it all out! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 10:44:00 AM

    Magnificient imageries, wrapped in the sweet mysteries of words, excellent.

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 12:29:00 AM

    John, I think you are one of the more amazing writers on Poetry Soup. I am delving into your work with awe and wonder. Thank you for your kind words on my recently featured poem. Randy

  1. Date: 3/6/2009 9:32:00 AM

    The last stanza must reflect the attitude of the solider now, though he has his "quietus" it bittersweet. He knows about the others who died before him, also. I found this very deep, and breathtaking in a most horrific way. Kudos for your genius, whether I am right or not! Best wishes, Sara:)

  1. Date: 3/6/2009 9:30:00 AM

    I have read this poem several times. I have been reading it, then leaving it alone, then reading it again. This is what I think it means: it's a war poem of some consequence..."marquis de sade" was a French soldier...."agoraphobia murdering actuality" presents the disorder of a soldier to assimiliate back into real life, "the stench of brother’s legacy" means another soldier has died...and the last stanza..."a quietus" is a discharge, or a release, is it not?

  1. Date: 3/4/2009 11:59:00 PM

    Brillint phrasing John especillay like the last stanza.Rgds Brian & thanks for you kind words

  1. Date: 3/3/2009 8:01:00 PM

    John congratulations on your second place win in Kristin's contest - The more I read your poetry the more amazing I find it to be - You have a very special gift John - The second read was even more amazing than the first - I reckon that would be a sign of great poetry -God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 3/3/2009 11:30:00 AM

    You do have a way with words, John, a real gift, congratulations on your 2nd place win in the March Madness contest! ~Trudy~

  1. Date: 3/3/2009 10:30:00 AM

    Very dark and powerful images in this good write, John! I was particularly intrigued by "a funeral pyre of ashes are seized from your tribe's headstone." Well done, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/3/2009 8:09:00 AM

    Powerful imagery flows throughout the lines of this chilling write my friend. Bloodied exchanges fears of retaliations, such are the spoils of war indeed. You have painted an awesome mural with your words my friend. Thank you for sharing the read. God's Love and Many Blessings, Always, Adell