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Fresh Paint

The smell of fresh paint lingers
in my nose, in the air.
Crisp sheets lay smooth,
untouched with 
hospital corners.
I dreamed of holding you
in our bed.
A king size bed is too big for one.
Wedding gifts are strewn across
our dining room table.
I dreamed of eating together there
as man and wife,
candlelit dinners,
and meals with laughing children...
dreams that will never come true.
A family room quietly sits alone
without a family.
A yard waits outside for a garden
that will never be planted.
Nothing is as it seems.
Only my flowing tears are real tonight.
A new home, a new marriage...
but my other half is only here
in spirit.
Only one returned from 
our honeymoon...
I wish it was me who died that dark night.
The doctors said nothing could be done...
A silent killer stole you from sleep and from me
while I slept next to you...
nothing could be done,
a beginning and an end.
Life changes in a moment.
Now, our dream home is for sale.
The dream is gone.
I cannot bring myself to sleep in our bed,
so I make up the couch tonight...again.
My heart calls out for you.
My arms reach out for you.
I taste your lips on mine.
I smell you, see you, hear your voice
whispering my name.
Your touch lingers with 
the smell of fresh paint.



By Rhonda Johnson-Saunders, June 29, 2012

*a work of fiction for If I Had a Broken Heart Contest


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  1. Date: 7/31/2012 7:01:00 PM
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  1. Date: 6/30/2012 4:45:00 PM
    Yes....this is - HEARTBREAKING - Rhonda, so sad....glad it is "just a poem" - Wish you luck in contest - hope for a win! - (if you do not win...I will cry more...lol...)- Have a lovely weekend. - hugs Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 6/30/2012 12:55:00 PM
    This is so sad. Sure am glad it's fiction. An amazing emotional write, Rhonda. Best wishes in the contest. Love, Kim

  1. Date: 6/30/2012 9:48:00 AM
    Very touchng write Rhonda.Enjoyed the read.

  1. Date: 6/30/2012 9:33:00 AM
    Quite a stirring write inspired by the contest Rhonda, wishing you the best of luck for the contest ;) love & blessings Wilma

  1. Date: 6/30/2012 8:09:00 AM
    Rhonda this is a great work of fiction, good luck..David

  1. Date: 6/30/2012 5:52:00 AM
    Oh my..my heart was crying while I was reading your poem,Rhonda.Dear God,tell me this is not a true story..Take Care,Hugs Arild

  1. Date: 6/29/2012 11:35:00 PM
    Terribly heartbreaking! WOW...so sad, Rhonda. Please...tell me it's fictional! Best of luck in the contest. It's a winner. Ruben.