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A Memorial: Mirror, Mirror


            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: 2/25/2015 2:16:00 PM

    This is a really sweet memorial for Chan. I think you nailed it. He sure was an interesting and nice guy.
  1. Date: 2/19/2015 10:48:00 AM

    Awesome inner core reasoning Ruben. Don't ever loose this connection to your inner reality, of supernatural ability!!!
  1. Date: 2/19/2015 10:44:00 AM

    of course I would see it in this light.... Held captive... the mirror being... God's divine will for our lives. Agape Moses
  1. Date: 2/19/2015 10:42:00 AM

    Good to hear from you Ruben. First 8 lines...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.
  1. Date: 2/19/2015 12:00:00 AM

    An awesome write, deep, and powerful! love it.
  1. Date: 2/15/2015 8:35:00 AM

    I know he's looking down and saying someone understood me... When you decide to write it's truly something to marvel!!
  1. Date: 1/19/2015 6:43:00 PM

    From your heart straight to your finger tips....I felt this one my friend ! Peace be with you and yours !
  1. Date: 1/1/2015 3:58:00 AM

    Powerful poetry here Ruben, not only visual but extreme in sentiment, powerful in inspiration,, one that touches this reader to the bone as i'm sure it did to all ....happy new year
  1. Date: 12/29/2014 1:02:00 PM

    Great choice for Best 2014 poem. Congratulations on your win.
  1. Date: 12/29/2014 8:53:00 AM

    Good morning an Happy New Year Reuben. I enjoyed rereading this poem for Chan.
  1. Date: 12/29/2014 8:27:00 AM

    No new poem? Come on WRITE Ruben WRITE. Light & Love & Happy New Year
  1. Date: 12/27/2014 1:41:00 AM

    Enjoyed reading this Ruben. and congratulations on winning..'
  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
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