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Aftermath

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Aftermath

That December
I stumbled through twisted tinsel streets,
oblivious to ice and seasonal shouts,
muffled by snow-silence; a mannequin moving through mists,
quietly fragmenting behind frost-fragile walls of frailty.

Bleak winds blew open the hinges of my hypothermic heart,
wailed a wintry lament only I could hear -
ice-shrapnel words blown to lodge in my ear: you've lost the baby.
Those four words were spiked icicles, glacier-cold;
hope disintegrated like snow-powder as they pierced me.

Streets seemed pregnant with the plumpness of babies,
their waxen doll faces bluish and cold,
their pink gummy mouths demanding, demanding.
And my breasts were frozen roses,
too iced to feed their tiny need.

Snowflakes trembled like butterflies blown from the Arctic,
or the feeble flutter of a failing foetal heartbeat.
The town became a barren expanse of white:
cold crystals drifting, acres of snow-diamond light.
But shops shimmered with heat, bulged bauble-gaudy

with the fatness of consumerism.
And I was reed-slender, my womb a hollowed-out tomb.
Everywhere, babies bloomed, precious as poinsettias,
mouths like petals, squirmy with hungry red cries and squalls,
echoing, echoing, as I squinted into the white squall.

And a ribbon of milk unloosed itself silently,
sudden and scalding, like a fountaining of tears;
a lacework trace soaking my shimmer thread sweater dress;
a single, small, white thaw as I silently unravelled,
stumbling through streets that spooled like silver yarn -

that December.





9/11/2013
for 'Fragment' contest

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  1. Date: 3/21/2014 4:42:00 AM
    Was just going through my fav poems list and ran across this gem again...How ironic it is that I wrote a haiku series with the same title! - Tim

  1. Date: 12/31/2013 9:35:00 PM
    One always wishes to extend the time with your poetry. That especially pays off here--the content is attractive for its content (an almost infinite quantity) and for its hedonistic pleasure just to enjoy the beauty of good writing, Thank you!

  1. Date: 10/22/2013 6:08:00 AM
    very deep and poignant sadness floods out lovely pen Shadow x smile

  1. Date: 10/6/2013 12:15:00 PM
    Beautiful December's scene adorned with very sweet imagination. Enjoyed. Loved always, bl

  1. Date: 9/23/2013 10:14:00 PM
    a beautiful and wonderful win . Love ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 9/22/2013 12:00:00 PM
    This is truly a masterpiece in every way. It's difficult to add more praise than to fav this!

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 10:17:00 PM
    Charlotte, Congrats on your "Fragment" winning poem. xox~ LINDA

  1. Date: 9/17/2013 5:31:00 PM
    This SO deserved to win. I don't know your placement number since I am seeing it not from the winners list. I hope it was high on the list, sweetie.

  1. Date: 9/17/2013 4:40:00 AM
    Charlotte good poem congrats on placing Shadow x smiles

  1. Date: 9/16/2013 11:25:00 PM
    Congrats on your win Charlotte - this one was very profound.

  1. Date: 9/16/2013 7:27:00 PM
    I am stunned that this didn't place at the top........yet I know it did, regardless, by most who have read it. A wonderful, moving piece of lasting poetry. Congratulations....

  1. Date: 9/16/2013 4:18:00 PM
    Congratulations, so happy to see this one on the winners list. My personal favorite!

  1. Date: 9/14/2013 4:50:00 AM
    Oh my Charlotte, this is so heart-rending and so elegantly written...Are you familiar with the movie 'Fearless' with Jeff Bridges and Rosie Perez? She lost her baby in a plane crash, and she was standing in line Christmas shopping. A lady in front of her was holding a baby facing her. She crept closer and smelled the scent of the baby...This poem reminds me of that moment...Going to my favs - Tim

  1. Date: 9/13/2013 7:56:00 PM
    wow.. A free Falling poem... I don't like calling a poem a free verse, when the poem speaks to the audience. THAT DECEMBER.... How beautiful, I especially loved the ending stanzaS and the concluding lines. "And a ribbon of milk unloosed itself silently, sudden and scalding, like a fountaining of tears;" stunning the imagery's impacting. THAT DECEMBER'S all I want to feel... Charlotte, you know I love this poem. Almost all Libra's think alike. Frank, has good taste...xox~ Linda

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    PS ... I love the snowflake ARCTIC imagery. :-)
  1. Date: 9/13/2013 7:36:00 PM
    Charlotte, thanks for the awesome comment on my ALICE poem. LOL, sometimes I know poets don't like reading cuts like that. anyways~ Like everyone else Here, I want to stop and read all the commotion.... Hugs.... xox~ Linda

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    PS>.......................< here's another early birthday greeting... Happy Birthday Dear Charlotte.... xox~ Linda
  1. Date: 9/13/2013 6:52:00 AM
    This is beyond moving. You are truly gifted. I feel priveledged to read such an extrordinary piece. If this was the only piece you ever wrote it would be a truly amazing accomplishment. Poets dream of being able to express themselves so articulately. You should be so proud of this piece.

  1. Date: 9/12/2013 12:49:00 PM
    Charlotte!!! Without any doubt, one of the best poems that I've ever read (not only in this site, published poems included). Exceptional! I hope it's fictional. Im going to fav this beauty when Im at home (I can't find this option from my phone). And you too will be among my fav poets if you're not already there. Wow! I reallly love this poem. Have a great day!

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    I found how to do it from my phone, I've fav it twice! : D
  1. Date: 9/12/2013 8:46:00 AM
    I have no words....... dear Charlotte.....

  1. Date: 9/12/2013 8:43:00 AM
    A powerful epic. You twisted & bended this beyond anything I have read of your work, yet. Fragments...pieces...of certainty's puzzle. Fantastic job!

  1. Date: 9/12/2013 8:30:00 AM
    So sad, dear Charlotte. I too, have had these days. Wishing you the best always, love and hugs, Catie :)

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