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Facets Of Loneliness

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Facets Of Loneliness

Our bedroom is flickering with the film
I thought we would watch. Except
you had to go; the pressure of a night shift
pulsing in your temples.
My silent mobile glows greenly -
a cat's eye in the dark.
And I wonder: are you thinking of me now?


Little one, I need you to know
that after your passing they rubber-wheeled me,
sedative-muzzy, through corridors squeaky with sterility;
past a red blur of tiny scrunched faces
squealing their needs, shrieking for feeds,
past wards that chattered with motherly gossip.
And a white silent loneliness fell like snow.


Today, loneliness is scalding, not cold.
I am kneeling on acres of butter-gold
carpet, packing the last of your clothes.
Your cologne's spice lingers on my fingers.
The rosemary you gave me has withered like your love:
its sad spindles are brittle bird bones.
Our home has become my home.


The loneliness, the isolation
of an isolate, small, black name
on a small, black line, in a book of remembrance
at the crematorium.
Grief's cold mask is smothering my face.
I still feel your breath in everything I do.
I wonder if you breathe my essence, as I breathe you.

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  1. Date: 4/15/2014 1:30:00 PM

    Absolutely beautiful. I have read several of your poems. You have an outstanding talent.

  1. Date: 4/2/2014 12:56:00 PM

    Soup mail.

  1. Date: 3/26/2014 10:18:00 AM

    You don't write often but it's worth the wait for awesome! Fav

  1. Date: 2/2/2014 8:08:00 PM

    Charlotte, this was beautiful in every facet. Each stanza squeezing my heart. And your ending line a perfect closing climax. Just beautiful Charlotte ;)

  1. Date: 11/15/2013 11:31:00 PM

    Charlotte: This is free verse excellence! You deserve the best as a poet. Congrats on your great poetic inspiration and expression, and thank you very much for honoring me in your contest on 11-15-2013. :) Giorgio

  1. Date: 11/2/2013 9:30:00 PM

    Four pieces into one. At first I would have named it facets of Lonliness. I gave you a 7.

  1. Date: 11/2/2013 9:10:00 PM

    Masterpiece. Gr8. Writing without colours brought out the best in you. Greifs cold mask smothering my face. Masterful. Like the weather on the tractor.

  1. Date: 11/2/2013 8:04:00 AM

    After a while, having a look in on your page,... to come across this one whose theme depresses me no end.. but then its poetic beauty truly r u dear!! Jaggy

  1. Date: 10/31/2013 10:49:00 PM

    Another SoupMail for you... Jack

  1. Date: 10/30/2013 5:30:00 PM

    Ow gee this poem gave me a gulp in my troath.So beautifully penned and so talented you are dear.

  1. Date: 10/28/2013 10:24:00 PM

    Charlotte, I just sent you a soup mail reply... Jack

  1. Date: 10/28/2013 2:13:00 PM

    Wow i say, hats off to u for such an awesome tour de force quality missin him poem, each line so imaginative brill! Even he dat has gone wil b charmed by this. Kudos! Pls review my latest poem too. :)

  1. Date: 10/24/2013 5:32:00 PM

    I knew this had to be a winner. Congratulations, Charlotte... Jack

  1. Date: 10/24/2013 12:45:00 PM

    Charlotte-----Such a well-penned verse....I could feel the loneliness, sadness, and isolation just by reading your words....excellent use of imagery to convey your heart-felt subject matter! Congrats on your win, much deserved! Julie :-)

  1. Date: 10/23/2013 8:09:00 PM

    awesome deep win.. LOVE -- SKAT

  1. Date: 10/22/2013 10:12:00 PM

    Charlotte, love the win...PD

  1. Date: 10/22/2013 3:41:00 PM

    Charlotte, I sent you yet another soup mail. Jack

  1. Date: 10/22/2013 2:40:00 PM

    A superbly written piece still hopeful in the end through all the grief. Your work is stunning. Congrats

  1. Date: 10/22/2013 10:28:00 AM

    I've sent a soupmail reply in two parts. Please let me know if they both don't arrive... Jack

  1. Date: 10/21/2013 6:03:00 PM

    I just soup mailed what I hope is the first part of my earlier mail. I'll start work on a reply to your latest one tonight. Jack

  1. Date: 10/21/2013 12:26:00 PM

    Congrats on an amazing first place win, Charlotte! I'm honored to share the spot with you. Love and blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 10/21/2013 8:47:00 AM

    I knew this was a winner. I can't imagine a more emotionally lonely place. You deserve to be a winner... Jack

  1. Date: 10/21/2013 8:04:00 AM

    Congrats on first place win, Charlotte

  1. Date: 10/19/2013 4:54:00 PM

    congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 10/19/2013 2:12:00 PM

    congrats on fine win Shadow x smile

  1. Date: 10/19/2013 11:10:00 AM

    wow. I'm speechless. This is really amazing Charlotte, you've described each one in such vibrant emotional detail. I see that you won a place, and it doesn't surprise me, this is .. outstanding. Congratulations

  1. Date: 10/19/2013 11:03:00 AM

    Charlotte... This literally brought me to tears. Thank you for sharing something so intimate and painful. I've sent you a reply soup mail, but it's in three parts because I talk too much... Jack

  1. Date: 10/19/2013 6:28:00 AM

    Thank you Charlotte I value your opinion re:my loneliness verse/ BUt I do agree with Frank your verse is better! More complex, yet some how more approachable! I hope you tried a ghazal for me, and once you've tried a more classical one YOU will love the no holds barred MODERN ghazal. Light & Love

  1. Date: 10/18/2013 10:59:00 PM

    There are many causes of loneliness and you have described them very well. Congratulations on your big win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 10/18/2013 6:52:00 PM

    Charlotte what can i say except its a wonderful poem....Seren