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A Memorial: Mirror, Mirror

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            To Chan "Archaic" Hurst



            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
            to foster fantasy with nesting habits
            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: 12/18/2014 7:40:00 AM

    Great write Ruben...congrats on your win...fav...
  1. Date: 12/18/2014 5:24:00 AM

    Very awesome tribute you have paid here, Ruben, congratulations on he win
  1. Date: 12/17/2014 2:10:00 PM

    a wonderful tribute I can see why you chose this for the contest:-)
  1. Date: 12/15/2014 12:00:00 PM

    This is so beautifully nostalgic!
  1. Date: 12/14/2014 11:06:00 AM

    Intense, perfect...high art if I must say....tryin' to say how really cool this poem is! Thanks Ruben! jmg
  1. Date: 12/13/2014 7:30:00 PM

    Some of us remember, we KNOW this is always IN you, this quality of insight & verse. You should make more time for such a gift. Happy Holy Days. Congrad's on your win. Light & Love
  1. Date: 12/13/2014 9:09:00 AM

    I see him still alive, as well. And prodding. And poking. "What," he'd say, "Think because you have kids and life is busy and there is so much to do that it is a guarantee that you will have a tomorrow? Write whenever you can. Tomorrow is a myth." So... when you can... write a line or two, chum. You are a poet... argue with me all you want. Others see it. Never let your art atrophy. Scribble/doodle poems. Hey, I replied to your reply... hope something flares in you and demands penning SOON! xox
  1. Date: 12/11/2014 8:40:00 AM

    Congrats on a great win Ruben
  1. Date: 12/11/2014 8:17:00 AM

    I am so pleased to see this one in the winners circle. Congratulations!
  1. Date: 12/5/2014 7:13:00 AM

    This is a lovely tribute, I didn't get to know Chan, I wish I did. It sounds like we would have a lot in common. You too have a great way with words, and I really do look forward to reading more of you.
  1. Date: 12/4/2014 11:43:00 AM

    Just a wonderful verse & tribute to a creative soul who passed too soon into the great beyond. a fav & a 7 & a facebook (so glad you are home ie: Soup for the Holidays) Light & Love
  1. Date: 12/3/2014 3:51:00 PM

    This is still the best one I have read so far. I enjoyed giving it another read.
  1. Date: 12/2/2014 9:44:00 AM

    Ruben this is a masterful write.....A great tribute To Chan...Thank you for your kind words ...You are a very smart writer yourself...well done
  1. Date: 12/1/2014 10:45:00 PM

    Ruben. I am not exactly sure how broken monoku should be but I tried to emulate how Rick Parise explained it at his contest page. Check it out.
  1. Date: 12/1/2014 3:04:00 PM

    Firstly Ruben I am sixty one years old. This is a brilliant write, an amazing tribute to the poet Chan Hurst. A Fav!
  1. Date: 11/30/2014 12:30:00 AM

    I can tell that Chan was also a dear friend to you, Ruben. I see a lot of him in this poem... Chan made a positive impact on all of us, in the short time that he was here, and he will never be forgotten... Your tribute was written beautifully from the heart. A wonderful poem, Ruben! A fav!
  1. Date: 11/29/2014 2:49:00 PM

    This is an excellent write to pay tribute to someone who passed away while leaving such powerful memories for his friends to inherit. Wish I had had the chance to know him better. #7 // paul
  1. Date: 11/29/2014 1:23:00 AM

    Hallo Ruben, This is a great tribute, Ruben. FAVing it. Thank you for visiting my poetry. It was soooo great to hear from you. :-) The work on the house is now finished. I am visiting my daughter in the UK this Christmas and that poem reminds me of the precious time we had spent together in 2010 ... Love, Su
  1. Date: 11/28/2014 8:00:00 AM

    The absolute best offering I have read so far Ruben. I am in awe of this piece. 7 and to my favorites. You should be proud of this piece!
  1. Date: 11/27/2014 9:19:00 PM

    wow, an amazing tribute for him right here, ruben. I can't write this way and this is the kind of writing Cyndi loves.Also, the words she gave us to work with lend themselves so well to this style of writing. you did so well with the worlds but mostly from writing with your heart. Happy Thanksgiving.
  1. Date: 11/27/2014 9:32:00 AM

    one big cheer for this incredible piece on chan, ruben.. I just love how you see our man--sooo real!.. huggs
  1. Date: 11/24/2014 10:57:00 PM

    Very deep and well penned Ruben O been out of circulation for a while, still I love to read great poetry such as this have a great evening xxx
  1. Date: 11/24/2014 8:18:00 PM

    Ruben, this is one of the most beautiful tributes I have ever read. He would love it! New birth through death yet still retaining his glorious gift of poetry. You knew him well. Brilliant expression of compassion and love!
  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
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