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In Bed, Side by Side

... through nights of ether.
Liquid paraffin drowns shadows
of potpourri

and anniversaries
that measure the distance of sight and sound
tiptoeing down thousand-threads

sheets in ascetic reds
or tense blue -- deja vu of absent drive
As if our apathy could long survive

its own silence.
I wonder if there will be time
to pull up anchor and sun

or if we'll just float adrift
until sinking -- sacredly 
ever after.



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  1. Date: 7/30/2015 12:16:00 AM

    Congrats on your great win Ruben ! ~lee
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 11:36:00 PM

    Wonderful write Ruben! Congrats on big win!
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 11:31:00 PM

    remember my very first contest? I think you got like second place in that one too. Too bad you don't try more of my contests, at least when free verse is allowed. That is YOUR genre. Congrats for the well deserved win, Ruben.
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 11:18:00 PM

    ah yes, well what I meant, is the many possible stories behind this poem, when one can imagine so many to me makes the poem all the more intriguing, and each reader may draw some of his own experiences into it, if that makes any sense! Loved it!
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 10:41:00 PM

    First congrats on poem of the day, there is so much depth here, and I have to say makes me ponder the many stories that could be behind these words! :)
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 8:21:00 PM

    so deep and sad Ruben I feel the tension in every line - excellent pen and congrats on POTD:-) hugs Jan xx
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 7:29:00 PM

    Hi Reben.. Congrats on the honor of Poem Of The Day!
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 4:59:00 PM

    first we must comprehend the silence and its birth
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 4:03:00 PM

    Congrats on yr poem of the day..Its a great choice tps made Ru.
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 1:21:00 PM

    Great poem congrats on potd
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 1:16:00 PM

    and you go deep, ruben... i know you have a deep soul!.. yo, thanks for your feedback on colloquialism piece.. enjoyed to the max!... huggs
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 1:04:00 PM

    An incredible write, Ruben, but oh so sad. I would rather feel anything than nothing at all. Congrats on being chosen TPOD...this one goes to my faves. xx )Rhonda
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 11:35:00 AM

    Oh...definitely something so many can relate to and put in such beautiful form. Congrats on Poem of the Day! Well deserved. Brenda
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 10:24:00 AM

    Nice write. Congrats on poem of the day!!!
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 8:17:00 AM

    Congratulation on poem of the day
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 8:08:00 AM

    Congrats on poem of the day.
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 8:06:00 AM

    I know from past experience what it is to feel alone when you are with the one you so desperately want intimacy from. This strikes a chord. I see it is POTD based on comments, what an excellent selection they have made.
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 7:30:00 AM

    Ruben congratulations on poem of the day well deserved a 7 Hugs eve
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 6:48:00 AM

    Ruben, congratulations on poem of the day
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 3:33:00 AM

    Very nice poem, well written.
  1. Date: 7/28/2015 6:33:00 AM

    The title grabbed me Ruben. Side by side but alone. I like the sheet reference. Lived this. A question many ask.
  1. Date: 7/28/2015 12:27:00 AM

    I love to read poems like this Ruben. They excite and inspire me though they journey into the deep. 7
  1. Date: 7/27/2015 9:42:00 PM

    Melancholy, beautiful! Jimbo
  1. Date: 7/27/2015 5:48:00 PM

    Nothing worse than a loveless marriage. Well, maybe an abusive one. Nice write
  1. Date: 7/27/2015 5:38:00 PM

    To pull up anchor and sun from apathy's silence.. To see the shadows and smell the scent of potpourri once again,to float adrift or to sink..Little by little who knows..what life brings. A poem which demands answers,answers still yet unknown.Hope or despair ? To sink,to drift away or to sun to sail again...A beautiful sad poem Ru..Adding it to my favs.
  1. Date: 7/27/2015 4:50:00 PM

    What a lovely write, it is well it..........A.M
  1. Date: 7/27/2015 4:14:00 PM

    The power of the deafening . Great write Ruben ... 7 Bev
  1. Date: 7/27/2015 2:42:00 PM

    Ruben... such a sad poem :( "As if our apathy could long survive its own silence" Yes you've capture the nothingness that remains. Faves
  1. Date: 7/27/2015 2:41:00 PM

    You favour three-line stanzas... I do too, so touché, my friend... Nice poem.
  1. Date: 7/27/2015 1:49:00 PM

    Wow.....there is such a sense of 'giving up' and intense despair, that I'm sure many people have experienced, and will relate to upon reading this poem. Such depth, Ruben... You have mastered the feeling of apathy