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On The Edge

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On The Edge

He laid flat on the floor
On the edge of his mind's cliff
Taking notes
Wondering
Was this life worth living

He tried to remember
Grasp onto
Happier times
Shadows of light
Fluttered beyond his grasp
Teasing
Evaporating
Hiding
Figments wrapped in glittering paper
Promising
Tempting
Geometrically angled
Away from him

He felt the coolness of the tile
Terracotta pressing against his forehead
Soothing
Absorbing his fever
Steadying him
Whispering 
Promising relief
"Let your blood accentuate my redness"
" I will protect your bones"

Light flows through stained glass 
Christ's brilliant blue eyes
Piercing the man's sadness
Reassuring him
There will be more days
Brighter lights
Warmth not clay
Sadness left to yesterday
The floor will not be fed today
It is washed with salty tears
The edge vanishes
Was it ever here?
One moment 
Graciously
Turned to years
He sits in a pew
Looks up away from himself
It now seems so clear

He gets up
Walks across the floor
Walks out the silent door
Decides once and for all
He doesn't need
Or want
This horrid place
Any more

His heart is healed
God goes where he goes
The suffering he lived no longer grows
What he remembers sets him free
He will not be lost to history
A life of Joy not misery.



Dedicated to native children abused
In church and residential schools. 
Their culture systamaticly stripped 
away. in some cases much worse things
happened behind what should have been 
hallowed walls. 

Contest Sponsored by Shanity Rain
"Native American People"
I was initially reluctant to enter the 
contest because I questioned if this
was honoring to the native population.
As I thought about this I realized that 
it speaks to their resilience as a people
and despite what was done they continue
honoring their people and their culture.
We have much that we can learn from them.


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  1. Date: 11/29/2013 3:39:00 PM
    Congrats on your winning work..Way to go!!!Sara

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/29/2013 4:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Sara.
  1. Date: 11/26/2013 4:22:00 PM
    This is a winning poem Richard , After I posted the winners , I then saw your name as HM , and others I love here. You are one of my Favorite poets here , and this is a favorite poem you gifted us with .Thank-you Richard for entering my contest , Shanity Rain. :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/29/2013 4:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Shanity, I was pleased to go back to your list and find my name.
  1. Date: 11/25/2013 9:58:00 PM
    Glad she decided to go back and add this one on her winning list... Or I would have had missed the poem... A very cool writes.. LINDA

    Rain Avatar Shanity Rain
    Date: 11/26/2013 4:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    They all deserve wins !! We were gifted from the beginning , I love every poem :) after seeing a young new poetess , take 2nd , saying she only has won a contest 1 time before and was honored , It validated everything .All these talented writes!
  1. Date: 11/12/2013 9:15:00 PM
    Intense and powerful and tragically true. I'm adding it to my favorites. I posted Haiku 100... Jack

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/12/2013 9:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank Jack I'm honored. On my way to check out 100!
  1. Date: 11/12/2013 11:21:00 AM
    Oh brilliant Richard yet sadly your excellent poem is only the tip of the ice burg

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/12/2013 11:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Harry. You are right, that is a very sad thought.
  1. Date: 11/12/2013 7:28:00 AM
    You rule with these emotional free verse poems Richard!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/12/2013 8:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Craig, prior to coming to the Soup I only wrote Quatrains and I didn't even know what they were. I have to admit I am partial to this form now.
  1. Date: 11/11/2013 6:01:00 PM
    Good afternoon Rick :D glad to read your heartfelt poem today :D wishing you a wonderful day there :D hug, Yanny

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/11/2013 8:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Yanny.
  1. Date: 11/11/2013 4:16:00 PM
    You write about the subject with so much sensitivity, giving us a full view of the heart from every angle, you are a blessing, you and you're writing, both 1st class, love & hugs xxx

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/11/2013 9:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Aww thanks Rose, you are sweet.
  1. Date: 11/11/2013 9:20:00 AM
    Incredible. Just...incredible. I am speechless.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/11/2013 9:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    That's unusual, I can't imagine you being speechless. I hope that is not a condition that plagues you often as I find you very intresting and entertaining.
  1. Date: 11/11/2013 9:18:00 AM
    Goodmorning Richard....did you just add that last line? This is so heart wrenching...With such deep seated pain....there can only be real healing in Him....Powerful write....Bless you

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/11/2013 9:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    No, unless you read it while I was writing it yesterday. Thanks for the blessing!
  1. Date: 11/11/2013 7:57:00 AM
    A stunning portrayal of sadness that lingers on.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/11/2013 9:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    There are many in need of healing.
  1. Date: 11/11/2013 12:59:00 AM
    Brilliant work, Richard. Some very powerful lines, and a subject that needs to be addressed so much. It is beautiful how you have woven Christ's brilliance into the darkness at sanity's edge...I know edges right from when I can remember! Your faith in the divinity is very intriguing to me. take care...

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/11/2013 9:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Bindu, I am pleased you are intrigued. My Jesus is very real and worth the effort to come to know.
  1. Date: 11/10/2013 8:23:00 PM
    Wherever there are vulnerable people, there will be those that abuse their trust. A heartfelt write Rick, unfortunately a true one. Take care, Richard

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/10/2013 10:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    It is a reality that haunts many, thanks for your thoughtful response.