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Below is the poem entitled BUBBLES which was written by poet Cyndi MacMillan. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Expensive, soothing bliss,
The bottle called earnestly from
A boutique window, made her
Loosen her tight, small purse.

Lollia Foaming Bubble Bath
More than toiletry, almost art.
Birds, branches and blossoms
Screened onto grateful glass,
Its contents not just pleasant,
opulent, luxurious.

She poured it now into her 
Rusted, harvest gold tub,
Inhaled the scents of lotus, 
Rice flowers and Jasmine. 

Bubbles, reached the rim,
Candles dimmed the water
Stains on the peeling ceiling.
Dropping her robe, she settled in,
Sipped from a Champagne glass,
Though it was plunk.

She ignored the wall; the sound 
Of the mouse that ignored her traps,
Concentrated instead on the gloss
Of bubbles on parched skin, smoothed
Their effervescence on shins,
Charmed, she swallowed sparkling wine,
Thought about getting drunk.

Bubbles, all the bubbles of her days…

… The third date at the Aquarium, all those 
Mouthy, fishy kisses, blue and dark and deep…

… That afternoon, that park, his rash proposal,
A family picnicking near-by, toddlers laughing,
Chasing soap-made globes, crashing…

….Their first dance at the wedding, that magic
Machine filling the room with circular dreams,
Rainbow strobes set to music, romance glowing
Long past midnight…

…Anniversary 10, she’d begged for a baby,
Instead, he’d flown her to Cairo, where they’d taken
A tour of a glass factory, her heart dropping as
Those ornaments were blown, knowing
There would be no nursery, ever, no family tree…

…A year later, ALS began to steal him away,
Relentlessly, the disease scourged, that go-to man
Was gone, leaving frailty, veiled bones, and her to worry
If his IV was really bubble free, all they’d been, 
All they ever were, quickly, so quickly diminishing…

… Discovering, after his death, his gambling debt,
Finances shorn, wrecked, all her savings eaten away,
Not even possibility remained, her world burst…

…Getting a job in a mail room, wrapping silly things in
Bubble wrap, wondering why people enjoyed popping
Air trapped in plastic, pointless, who cares…

Her curious landlord cursed upstairs,
As she pruned in cooling water, cringing when
Mating cats yowled, sirens wailed, and a child cried.

Tomorrow she’d buy day old bread, do 
Without coffee for several weeks.

But right now, if she closed her eyes,
Lay very still, very low, she could feel
The memory of an undertow, and 
hoped at least these bubbles 
Could linger.

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  1. Date: 9/15/2011 7:31:00 AM
    Wow this is an amazing write. So well done, really really enjoyed this. Well done and congratulations for your win in this contest. Lee

  1. Date: 9/15/2011 7:22:00 AM
    Beautiful, full of emotion, I know it was the bubbles theme, but it's tied all those thoughts together really well. really enjoyed.

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 9:00:00 PM
    Congrats Cyndi on your win for the wonderful creation of your pen... take care, Cheryl

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 8:42:00 PM
    wow, powerful piece, love it , congrats on your win

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 6:12:00 PM

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 10:08:00 AM
    My apologies for missing so many contest results - many congrats on all your wins : )

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 3:04:00 AM
    Cyndi-congrats on this emotive write filled with a super descript cornucopia of sadness. You pulled me all the way to the end and wow! Gwendolen

  1. Date: 9/12/2011 4:57:00 PM
    wow. very powerful poem. well-expressed. I felt like i was there w/this woman, feeling the bubbles, lingering in the memories, floating on to the next one. so much discovered - such sadness in her life- an emotional whopper you created here. love it :) congratulations on your win!

  1. Date: 9/12/2011 4:18:00 PM
    I am glad to see your talent recognized by a great win. Congratulations. Cyndi. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 9/12/2011 4:14:00 PM have taken this beyond the simple poem....a life story told from such a tiny bubble's point of view...very touching poem, just beautifully written.

  1. Date: 9/12/2011 3:42:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in Debbie Guzzi's "Bubbles"contest Cyndi. Love,Carol

  1. Date: 9/12/2011 3:17:00 PM
    hey Cyndi congrats on a wonderful win, really pulled the heart strings..David

  1. Date: 9/12/2011 2:58:00 PM
    Dear Cyndi, this poem brought tears to my eyes. This woman allowed herself just one luxury as she lived in poverty. Also, I couldn't have children either, so it touched a spot in my heart. Congratulations on your great win in Deb's contest. You're an amazing writer. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 9/12/2011 2:39:00 PM
    Wonderful place of honor in Debbie's contest..Congrats..Sara

  1. Date: 9/8/2011 11:58:00 AM
    it's amazing to see how far you have gone with these bubbles..and the effort certainly pays off in this nice write..thanx for stopping by and commenting

  1. Date: 9/8/2011 1:02:00 AM
    wow, I hope Deb loves this with all the effort you put into this one. You know what?? I have a poem about a lady taking a bath with many sorrows on her mind. and i had considered adding bubbles in to the poem and posting it for Deb's contest!! But I wrote instead a new little one that is not nearly as good as this one! Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 9/7/2011 5:09:00 PM
    Oh this is so good it's awesome. What an imagination. This one will top the list, at least it does in my book of goodies.Love, Vie.

  1. Date: 9/7/2011 8:55:00 AM
    Wishing you the best in the contest Cyndi. Have a wonderful day. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/7/2011 8:08:00 AM
    amazing poem cyndi, outstanding piece of work...