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We Are Not Now

Starry square seizes midnight thoughts.
I am not now, nor have I ever been
her last shore. Unsheltered

from winds and waves—eroded, tired
I walk barefoot on shards of broken
sunsets—one lost moment at a time.

Cold coal-black window with stars,
I can hear the murmur of sea shells
from distant islands—but it's not enough,

their lapping won't grow louder.
Matryoshka doll with all those versions of
her in her. White-chalk promises

written on lips—red bricks walls—
untouched by the brevity of candles that
burned at both ends. An urge long lost.

She's not now, nor has she ever been
mine. Unmitigated, 
I force myself not to look back, to

forget. But I see the moon
—I think it's her— and
this night's no longer true.



Copyright © Ruben O. | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 10/20/2016 10:26:00 AM

    This deserves a second comment. -- After I read this I had to go to the hospital to get the bleeding stopped.
  1. Date: 9/30/2016 8:11:00 AM

    Now, a book of love poems written by YOU would be one I'd want to read. Some cool lines... you know me, I will always suggest tightening (really, I can't help myself) I see the use of its negative structure, all the not's and won'ts. My first instinct is to rework those lines (i.e. their lapping pipes down, soft-pedals) but the no/not is your theme! So it works! If anything, I'd add more... rework lines to fit just one more un... or not?... somewhere. But I'm nitpicking! I like this!
  1. Date: 9/23/2016 3:57:00 AM

    Loved it!
  1. Date: 9/22/2016 12:24:00 AM

  1. Date: 9/21/2016 10:34:00 PM

    Very moving
  1. Date: 9/16/2016 2:39:00 PM

    Another great one, Ruben! Congrats on your podium win. Sandra
  1. Date: 9/16/2016 12:55:00 PM

    I like this one, Ruben. Favorite line, "I walk barefoot on shards of broken sunsets" and, of course, the last stanza. :-)
  1. Date: 9/16/2016 11:43:00 AM

    Congratulations Ruben: ......walking on shards of broken sunsets is brilliant. SuZ
  1. Date: 9/16/2016 9:34:00 AM

    Hi Ruben, Congratulations on your awesome win. Stop by my blog "SEIZE THE DAY." Celebrate with me. WUV **SKAT**
  1. Date: 9/15/2016 1:33:00 PM

    Dear Reuben, this poem creates a deep sense of longing for those we want in our lives, but somehow cannot have them. I can see you staring across the starry nights and above the winds and rain hoping you will be drawn to them, but knowing it is not to be. I have missed you and some of the other wonderful poets here. It's good to be back for a bit. Love you, Carolyn
  1. Date: 9/12/2016 7:42:00 AM

    Enjoyed the glimpses fleeting here Ruben, so like to life's memories and recollections..'
  1. Date: 9/10/2016 12:49:00 PM

    It's perfect in its hung-cliffs, messages sans-scripts, back-glanced echos, uncovered covered ground, and lies measured by moon-tides. A master work!
  1. Date: 9/10/2016 6:56:00 AM

    The last two stanzas is so lovèly , its like a double tap not ro look back .but the moon is there. Heck its nice
  1. Date: 9/10/2016 1:20:00 AM

    We are not now. Great work. Thanks for sharing. E
  1. Date: 9/9/2016 10:17:00 PM

    I once my poetic friend uncorked a bottle of superb vino, hoping to unblock my cerebrals poetic stuck...slowly sipping until the sips engrossed mine lips with gulps...soon my chiming rhymes began to form into muses which found me entangled with not she, yet with sheets! Take your time with this write Ruben, I feel an inspired write here sir! Have a great weekend my friend....much love, james
  1. Date: 9/9/2016 7:39:00 AM

    ?Rubon O Date: 8/30/2016 4:23:00 PM One friend got the idea of ... don't laugh!... a russian prostitute!: DD attibutable to moon-lights ubiquitous effect on commerce?
  1. Date: 9/8/2016 4:39:00 PM

    The truth is not a faithful lover -- The moon's not much better -- Sometimes she's just a wind -- Not a surprise either, that the world has cracks -- Love punches you in the unspeakables and you have to question all that talk about god -- They aught to advertize lobotomy's like car air-fresheners -- Whiff of sanity while stuck in traffic.
  1. Date: 9/7/2016 10:43:00 AM

    this is beautiful, Ruben O x
  1. Date: 9/5/2016 1:43:00 PM

    Ok, since I did not get any replies (haha, I knew it! I am so forgettable, you forgot to reply, didn't you? I know, me to blame, since I keep switching soupmail off, gonna switch off again actually) so I just had to pass by here again, just to check out if you made any revisions, I see it is still evolving...not that it should weigh much, but your 3rd stanza edit is growing on me (for my own weird way of reading it, and interpreting it)...right on, write on, Ruben!
  1. Date: 9/4/2016 7:19:00 PM

    Congrats in you victory
  1. Date: 9/4/2016 10:36:00 AM

    Superbly done my or never more lol...god bless...^WW^
  1. Date: 9/2/2016 3:29:00 PM

    What are you doing with Matryoshka dolls? (ha, ha). Your poems are often cryptic, ambiguous. The fun of re-readings is to grok the meanings.... :-)
  1. Date: 9/2/2016 11:43:00 AM

    Ruben O that was a great poem I enjoyed reading it.i rated your poem 7
  1. Date: 9/2/2016 7:03:00 AM

    I haven't finished my morning coffee, but I could have sworn I read and fell in love with this poem, but, if so, where's my face? Coffee may not fix this. Anyway, I do think it is a poet's poem, a real 'awe' write so deep and moving. I see I'm not the only fan of this write! CayCay
  1. Date: 9/2/2016 5:31:00 AM

    *tininin!* Sorry for the inconvenience. Soupmail has been temporarily opened again *tininin!* <-- yep, lame attempt at a bell sound.
  1. Date: 9/1/2016 2:04:00 AM

    An extremely well fashioned piece of poetry, Ruben...I have to say that I am rather impressed - Nicely contrived! My very best regards. :) john
  1. Date: 8/31/2016 8:23:00 PM

    Ruben, ..the moon's phases seen through a window...against the backdrop of an ever changing sky. Some great lines and thought provoking images. Thanks for participating in the contest.
  1. Date: 8/31/2016 11:38:00 AM

    Good stuff Ruben...
  1. Date: 8/31/2016 1:05:00 AM

    love it love it love it "the nights no longer mine "
  1. Date: 8/30/2016 3:28:00 PM

    ruben, very nice work from you. You are in top form in your free verse style here. That one line with "she" is with "has" instead of "have" Now I see what you were asking!
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