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The Canvas

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The Canvas

She painted her emotions with a dark brush
My heart sunk into her canvas
Transported to an endless sadness
She greets me there with a smile
Her light not visable from the other side

"Come" she says
"There are many rooms to explore"
She skips along yesterday's corridors
I follow in tentative foot falls
She looks back, "Here it is, this is where we'll begin."
Through the door we go in

In an instant she disappears
I wondered was she ever here
Then a silent voice whispers in my ear
"Watch and listen, all will unfold"
I watch in silence, my heart feels cold

A mother in a hospital bed
Two baby girls
One of them dead
Tears of joy now sad instead
She whispers "do you see?? Happy Birthday, little me." 

I hear her giggle in another room
So I walk through another door,
a toddler alone on the floor
Mom sitting, at a table with a drink
Little girl starts crying
Mom doesn't even blink

The scene changes 
A parade of men
Mom needs her lovers
Over and over again

In the night
When mom's asleep
Into the girls room, the demons creep
On the bed, there she lays
She leaves her mind
While the bad man plays

I scream
I want him to stop
Her so helpless
Him there on top
The whisper returns "There is nothing to do,
I want you to know the source of my blue."

I say "please I can take no more"
With that she says "there is just one more door."
She is back, she takes my hand
I walk through a door to her promised land

The darkness, is all stripped away
She is young once more, it's bright as day
She turns and smiles, " I'm okay,
long ago I learned to pray."
I said "I do not understand, 
how could he let that happen to you?
Is he not to blame for your world of blue?"
She looks again with knowing smile
"You will understand in a while.
One day all anwers he will reveal, 
best understood when we learn to kneel.

From her canvas 
My mind gains release
Over my heart an ancient peace
On humbled footsteps, my journey can begin
I see beyond sadness
I search within 
The dark picture, I seen with my mind
A life touched by sin, now redefined
That is a Spirit, I wish to know
from her broken heart 
I watch light flow



For Vicky Tsiluma for her
"Don't write for the contest, Contest"

















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  1. Date: 5/24/2014 2:19:00 AM
    I love this read and how it took me to a seemingly endless labyrinth full of doors that look alike and nightmares are sleeping behind most of them. In all the confusion you lose your way out and suddenly you wake up, realizing it was all just a bad dream that felt so real as you catch your breath.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 5/24/2014 8:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Jake, thanks for reading one of my older ones. For me this is one that seemed to write it self. I love when I have that experience, it feels trancendent.
  1. Date: 5/18/2014 7:04:00 AM
    Very deep and moving Richard. I love the line "Touched by sin, now redefined" Well Done

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 5/18/2014 9:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Jerry, I'm glad you were able to find it.
  1. Date: 4/7/2014 10:57:00 PM
    Wow great write Richard!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 4/8/2014 8:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Arthur. This one is one I am proud of. I am glad you like it as well.
  1. Date: 2/3/2014 6:30:00 AM
    Being a father of three girls, this taps into a raw and protective to the extremes feel inside. Strong coffee this morning!... I dont expect you to return the read. We were in a contest together, I congratulated you, and you forgot about me... It's cool. I admire people for their work.. Touching Piece!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/3/2014 8:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hello Scribe, it would not have been my intention to forget you. The last contest I was in was Dr. Rams, I commented on all the winners and I think I had a half dozen who congratulated me. At times it is so hard to keep up here. Please accept my apology and thanks for commenting on my poem.
    Papyri Avatar Keith Papyri
    Date: 2/3/2014 6:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Take care.
  1. Date: 2/2/2014 11:31:00 AM
    A winner indeed! A stellar winner! My best and congratulations, Richard...Chuck

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/2/2014 12:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Chuck.
  1. Date: 1/31/2014 7:01:00 PM
    The beginning of this poem is quite haunting, yet it ends very peacefully. I really enjoyed reading this one again, and I am not surprised that it is now a winner! Congratulations to you, as well!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/31/2014 7:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Kelly.
  1. Date: 1/31/2014 7:36:00 AM
    Congrats! You are a true bard, a storyteller of old who could be counted on to wow from rulers to peasants. Do you by any chance carry a lyre with you on your travels? Your line "best understood when we learn to kneel" says it all.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/31/2014 8:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Ha ha, no lyre. ;0)
  1. Date: 1/29/2014 4:55:00 PM
    great storyteller you are, rich.. sweet congrats!.. huggs

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/29/2014 6:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hugs back Nette. Thanks
  1. Date: 1/29/2014 4:53:00 PM
    A captivating write from beginning to end... Congratulations on this win... It was amazing.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/29/2014 6:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Carol
  1. Date: 1/29/2014 3:02:00 PM
    This is quite a captivating story. Congratulations on your win.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/29/2014 6:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Michael
  1. Date: 1/29/2014 6:28:00 AM
    Wonderful poem and congrats on the fine win, Richard

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/29/2014 6:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Dr. Ram.
  1. Date: 1/29/2014 6:14:00 AM
    so pleased to see this win Rick Congrats Shadow x smile hug

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/29/2014 6:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I am pleased as well, thanks Shadow.
  1. Date: 1/29/2014 2:34:00 AM
    Whoa Richard! This one really gripped my heart. You've really mastered the art of taking the reader into the places happening in the poem - I was pulled right into the dark places and just when I thought darkness would pervade, You pulled me right back into the light. Very well written!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/29/2014 6:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for picking my poem Vicky.
  1. Date: 1/27/2014 8:20:00 PM
    WOW, yes, I see how it is like my mermaid poem but much more detailed. glad you told me to come see it, though I would eventually have gotten to it. I think I am caught up on all your poems! You ended this in a very positive way too! this contest is not judged yet, is it? I expect to see it with a great win!!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/28/2014 12:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Andrea, I have had a very positive response on thi piece so far,
  1. Date: 1/27/2014 4:10:00 PM
    Wow! The dark aspects of this poem are chilling, and the emotional despair expressed here is quite haunting. This is an incredible write, Richard!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/27/2014 4:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Kelly, I appreciate you taking time to read it.
  1. Date: 1/27/2014 11:51:00 AM
    Beautifully written. I admit that gave me chills. I'm not religious entirely, though I have a wholesome respect for those who are, and I can appreciate this for what it means. Deep. Enthralling. I'm humbled.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/27/2014 12:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks again Sam.
  1. Date: 1/27/2014 8:49:00 AM
    You out did yourself on this one Richard, You write as if God Himself pushes your pen. I loved it......Roger

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/27/2014 9:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Roger, that is beyond the greatest compliment.
  1. Date: 1/26/2014 11:08:00 PM
    A very imaginative and intriguing write. I was such a protected and loved child as my own have been that it is hard to believe these things are perpetrated on innocent children. You have treated the subject with delicacy. Love, Joyce

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/26/2014 11:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Joyce, you are kind.
  1. Date: 1/26/2014 7:33:00 PM
    I concur CC!! This is my 1st Fav! Robert

    Rogers Avatar Robert Rogers
    Date: 1/26/2014 8:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    RL, it won't be tonight because I have a great many tasks to complete this eve; but I intend to devote a good portion of my day tomorrow to your work, as well as others on PS. when you get a chance I posted a few others as well, check 'em out!...one about the cute dog...smile. Your Fan, Robert
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/26/2014 7:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks again Roger. Have a peak through some of my other ones when you have some time. Cute dog by the way.
  1. Date: 1/26/2014 3:39:00 PM
    This poem gave me goosebumps Richard.Abuse is a tough hard word for those who experienced it..especially at a tender age.Some will nevet reveal the sinly secret others imposed on them..Yet others will have the courage to speak up..maybe to a friend or a diary..That s the first step to heal.Not blaming God..but blaming evil is another step.I love the message you transmitted in this poem..It shows light after darkness..and a smile behind tears..Going to my favs

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 1/26/2014 7:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Charmain, that's is why I chose to write my book, in hopes of helping others heal from the scars of abuse. There is a light beyond the Darkness! I was fortunate not to have been sexually abused but I I still know the pain of having been abused e optionally and physically..
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