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Mirror, Mirror -- To Chan 'Archaic' Hurst

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            I see you — in a way — caught
            held captive from escaping
            from inside
                                a broken mirror
            beyond curse and superstition
            staring at yourself: fractured, fragmented
            to unfold the tapestry of your artistry  
            no further tricked by optical pills 

            I see you — in a way — laying awake 
            counting cracks when pain pierces the air
            or kicking in amniotic fluid:
                                a mirror breaker
            throwing crystal's shards in all directions

            Torch confined to lead light
            in technicolor, through pentagrams
            within flamboyant kaleidoscopes 
            or stained glass windows: an unsolved puzzle
            on the verge of your own Walden 
            where nothing will be enough
            where you don't  belong

            I see you — in a way — dreamer
            discovering Tolkien in Star Wars pajamas
            racing a Nimbus 2000 over Gotham city
            Child-brother sharing Hakuna Matatas 

            And there you stand: 
            Who's the best rhymer in the land?
            cause it's all just Greek to us
            to mock the geeks, perhaps
            we rolled our eyes

            Today, a guitar grieves
            reviving euphoric notes
            We know — there is no stage five life
            and although its knots seem to be untied

            I see you — in a way — still alive



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  1. Date: 11/22/2014 7:48:00 AM

    Interesting tribute to The Archaic Poet..Very descriptive work..Thanks for dropping by..Sara
  1. Date: 11/20/2014 10:19:00 AM

    You, so kindly offered me the greatest compliment on my poem, ......well, dear Ruben.........back at you! The poet you are, is not here often enough! You blow my socks off, and yes......as Nette put it.......YOU ROCK! You must compile a book of poems,.....I love the way your mind weaves words into something unique! Love this dedication!
  1. Date: 11/20/2014 8:36:00 AM

    woohoo ruben!... chan must be shakin' wherever he is.. your mind-blowing gig rocks!.. huggs
  1. Date: 11/20/2014 5:37:00 AM

    Wow right backatcha, Ruben! My attempt seems so superartificial in comparison...
  1. Date: 11/19/2014 8:25:00 PM

    Ruben....I see your genius here, and more so....I see your soul. The greatest glimpse I've gotten into who you are and who he was. Wonderful write. You used all of Cyndi's words so effortlessly....It's not contrived. It's beautiful and alive. Chan would be proud. I know I am. So you miss baklava, eh? ;) Hugs
  1. Date: 11/19/2014 7:33:00 PM

    A beautiful tribute to Chan:-) hugs jan xx
  1. Date: 11/19/2014 6:08:00 PM

    Crying. Perfect. He would nod at this. Truth. In your face loving and real- so glad you penned this. So much do I love. We are all so layered, and he was more so. I feel honoured that he shared so much of himself with me... that 'child-brother.' Sweet as they come to those who showed him even a smidge of kindness... even a tiny ounce of understanding and he would go Jedi Warrior on anyone who threatened his "kin." He was very much like you and I this way, Chum. Hope you are well. xoxox
  1. Date: 11/19/2014 5:36:00 PM

    The Ruben of old anew!! Really exquisite expression that is truly heaven sent!
  1. Date: 11/19/2014 4:47:00 PM

    Very Nice Ruben. This should do very well in the contest. Good luck. Thanks for sharing
  1. Date: 11/19/2014 4:37:00 PM

    This makes me cry without the shame of crying.I still try not to beleve He is gone,Ruben.I am adding this tribute to my fvs!Charma
  1. Date: 11/19/2014 4:21:00 PM

    Such a beautiful tribute, Ruben. I am putting this one in my favs. check soupmail :) love and hugs, catie :)

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