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Katrina

She absorbs the light from the room
although she barely says a word
I watch her sit within her struggled thoughts
she desires to control the insignificant
a world of rules
paint by number probabilities

She paints pictures of food she does't dare eat
as her skin hangs loosely from skeletal arms
I wonder if she exists beyond her edges
beyond her life of privilege 

Does she retain any of the absorbed light?
is there any joy within her angles?
has there ever been any exuberance,
or has she been born into this sadness?

I wander along her borders
kept at a distance by barbed wire
the gates of her mind
Closed
Fortified
Welded shut

So I turn
walk away
thankfully sad 
I didn't enter her darkness

For I fear
I too may have been absorbed








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  1. Date: 6/1/2014 7:09:00 AM
    Depicting an affliction in such a style is difficult enough, sometimes even hard to understand, but as usual Richard you did not disappoint. I thought I was going to read a spectacular painting or statue, instead I read about a human sadness. Richard your words speaks out loud.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 6/1/2014 8:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Freddie. In Mexico they have this catacature of a regal woman who is a Skeleton, her name is Katrina. This anorexic person I depicted reminded me of her. That is how I came up with the title.
  1. Date: 3/11/2014 5:48:00 PM
    From the title I was thinking hurricane but it was a different vortex. Well done

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/11/2014 6:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Roger.
  1. Date: 3/8/2014 11:18:00 AM
    Anorexia? Actually this poem can be taken in different contexts. The dark aura is gripping! A heck of a good write! And the very first poem that I read on the soup! Cheerio! :D

    raina Avatar varenya raina
    Date: 3/8/2014 1:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Well it sounded promising by the title and I am really sympathetic towards anorexia sufferers. So I kept on reading and wasn't disappointed! And please convey to your wife that she is doing a great job! :)
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/8/2014 12:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes you are correct. My wife specializes in the disorder and runs an out patient program here in Kelowna British Columbia, Canada. I am pleased You like my poem, I am honoured that my poem is the first you are reading. I appreciate the visit and comment, come back any time. Why did you choose this one?
  1. Date: 2/16/2014 10:28:00 PM
    I really loved this one, when you can feel what someone writes, its a success!!! 7+

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/17/2014 8:03:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks again Arthur. I am honored.
  1. Date: 2/14/2014 1:10:00 PM
    love this Rick beware the darkness lol great pen hugs

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/14/2014 1:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Shadow!
  1. Date: 2/12/2014 9:24:00 AM
    This is a very good poem. I have learned that the poems that make me feel as if they were written about me, are indeed, very good poems. love and hugs, Catie :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/12/2014 9:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Catie, a big hug back to you.
  1. Date: 2/11/2014 4:53:00 PM
    Richard, interesting write. :-) SKAT

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/11/2014 5:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks SKAT.
  1. Date: 2/11/2014 12:14:00 PM
    A very good poem my friend........Roger

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/11/2014 3:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Roger, thanks for visiting. I am still on vacation, I will catch up on my reading when I get back.
  1. Date: 2/11/2014 10:48:00 AM
    You have created one hell of a mystique for Katrina with your chosen words. You have chosen them well here.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/11/2014 3:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Robert.
  1. Date: 2/10/2014 10:33:00 PM
    This is one powerful write, Richard. It makes you feel almost intimidated by the darkness in it, like do I want to read thru to the end, or do I keep away!! I could ask you more about the story in it, but not sure I want to hear it... Your write so well!!!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/11/2014 7:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Bindu, I like your new avatar picture. Thanks for this amazing comment, you have made my morning.
  1. Date: 2/10/2014 10:13:00 PM
    Penetrating the impenetrable wonder of a presence...then, leaving before the heart imploded. Such a daunting task for most...completely awesome job!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/11/2014 7:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Good morning Drake, thanks for the comment and visit.
  1. Date: 2/10/2014 10:06:00 PM
    gosh, such good writing this is, Richard!! At first I was thinking she was anorexic maybe. And then thinking, it could be any number of mental illnesses. thankfully sad is an excellent way to say it. I feel that way when I watch some of the shows on tv about people and how they destroy their lives. Keep up the good work.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/11/2014 7:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I believe she may have a variety of issues. Thanks for commenting.
  1. Date: 2/10/2014 6:37:00 PM
    Wow awesome poem Richard, you captivated me

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/10/2014 7:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks again Gwen.
  1. Date: 2/10/2014 10:13:00 AM
    yes, do you like? those slight changes make it even more sophisticated ;) Light & Love

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/10/2014 6:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes, I like the changes.
  1. Date: 2/10/2014 9:25:00 AM
    Such a thought full verse!!Count me in with Criag & Donna's comments too you are growing in leaps and bounds! [Richard you left me such a nice message! I don't write much free verse here it isn't accepted well.] Light & Love

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/10/2014 6:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Debbie it was my pleasure, I really like your poem.
  1. Date: 2/9/2014 8:20:00 PM
    Wow Richard...like all below you are growing growing or maybe just opening those flood gates...knowing when to step back and wait for someone to help themselves is a fine line and hard call sometimes. You captured it...hope your vacation was nice

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/9/2014 10:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Donna still on vacation, havn't ha a lot of time to read, enjoying the mexican sun.
  1. Date: 2/9/2014 7:49:00 PM
    Great write with depth of emotion...

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/9/2014 7:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Joseph.
  1. Date: 2/9/2014 2:34:00 PM
    A very interesting write, Richard. If a person is not a professional swimmer, he risks being dragged down with the drowning person he is trying to save. I suppose it is good to know ones limitations and to point the person to someone who can be of real help. Addiction, in any form, is a vicious cycle. It isn't about the addictive substance itself, food, drugs, sex....it is about needs that aren't being met any other way. Mental illness takes on many forms. Thank God for Life guards!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/9/2014 8:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Still we can try to do what we can, however their is no assurance our help will be welcomed.
  1. Date: 2/9/2014 11:01:00 AM
    This is in class of its own Richard, no doubt one of your multiple perfections. Great one it is.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/9/2014 8:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Kayod5, you are very kind. Thanks for your visit and comment.
  1. Date: 2/9/2014 10:47:00 AM
    I truly think you get better every day Richard--you truly shine with free verse and this poem proves how exceptional you are. Got to fav it to read again and again. The creative metaphor of paint by numbers was!!!! mail

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/9/2014 8:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Wow, what a great comment. You just made my day Craig. Thanks for catching my spelling error, greatly appreciated.
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