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I Will Be Leaving The Soup For A Short While

How do you define love?
I mean what is it really,

How can I feel so much love for so many 
people here that I barely know 
...because I do.

You have all been so kind and accepting of me.

Many of you know how I feel.
That I know I am not a poet.

I am not fishing for a compliment when I say this.
I know how kind you all are.
People have been more than complimentary 
of my work here.
It is how I feel and I do not want to get 
long winded as to why.
 It is what it is.

You have an amazing community here
don't let any one trample over it.
Keep supporting one another
Keep your loving ways. 

No matter your religious beliefs
there is a light here that shines bright.
So I won't impose my beliefs but I think
I can say safely say without offending 
anyone this community is blessed.

Forgive those who stray, many of us here
are bruised some worse than others. We
make errors. Again I love the people here.
All the people here.

I have not been able to comment on others poetry
as much as I have wanted to of late.

I am especially sorry to my friends whose poetry
I have not frequented lately. How rude of me.
Everyone deserves their wonderful poetry read.
No excuses just I am sorry.

I want to thank all the people who placed me
in their contests and also thank those who
didn't. I believe in my heart of hearts people
always judged fairly. Sponsoring contests
is difficult everyone second guesses you.
In retrospect I learned and I grew from every
experience. Thank You.

So my loving friends, I am not here to say goodbye.
I am here to say au revoir! 
I will be taking a small break from Poetry Soup.

I hope to return soon. To learn my limits poetically
and to stay within them. Enter less contests,
read more, comment more and post less.

I don't know how I can thank you all for your
unconditional kindness.
So many of you have touched my heart,
made me cry.
Sometimes sad, sometimes happy tears.

I am sorry because it is hard for me not
to love you all so much and I know it
must sound insincere but it is me
this is my heart, this is who I am
I love you because of your poetry,
because of your comments,
because you supported me even in my blindness
held my hand and showed me a path I could walk on. 
How do you thank someone for that.

With All My Love Always, 


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  1. Date: 1/29/2015 7:18:00 PM

    Armand, I hope you will return soon and bring back that big beautiful heart for soup to enjoy, until then, I'll be thinking of you with fondness in my heart, xxx Vienna xxx
  1. Date: 1/29/2015 12:12:00 PM

    I can fully relate to every word you penned my friend. Armand you above anyone else know how I am suffering in my life - will miss you on soup until you return but I know we are always here to support each other. Love and hugs as ever Jan xxx
  1. Date: 1/29/2015 7:15:00 AM

    Just now I ave read this one.. :( I am sad that you are somehow leaving as for awhile but I respect your decision, we don't talk a lot or send some mails, but I find your writings great really.. And am pleased and humbled that you added me as one of your faves.. :) I thank you and please come back soon PS need poets like you!!! and I agree to the one you have mentioned above.. just really time! time! and the other need of life keeps us away from this community! please take care..--olive hugs!
  1. Date: 1/28/2015 6:18:00 PM

    Miss you already :(
  1. Date: 1/28/2015 4:30:00 PM

    Armand, you know how I feel about you, your the most kindest person I wish to meet, always ready to help me, even to help me outside of Soup. This I will never forget. I know we wont lose touch, we are friends for life.....ledaenu adenydd y rhai a thipio fel y Canadian Geese y gaeaf yn agos at fy nghartref, un diwrnod Armand......................Seren
  1. Date: 1/28/2015 11:28:00 AM

    Armand, why leave just when I decided to come back ;)...but I know that you can't stay away for long, just as I was unable to. There are just moments in one's life that you need to get away from it all. The long list of people who posted, and I'm sure there'll be more, proves how your presence has touched everyone's life on here. I'm with them, waiting for you to liven up the place again... Kim
  1. Date: 1/27/2015 10:55:00 PM

    Miss your work, Armand, when you getting back on PS?
  1. Date: 1/27/2015 10:34:00 PM

    Armand, you know how I feel. I'm sorry I did not see this until just now. At least no stupid ad came up this time preventing me from seeing what people are writing. I KNOW you will be back. you won't be able to keep away. I know in your heart that you do not think you are a poet, but you are wrong and that is that. I know that you will be missed and I await your return, very kind sir!!! You WILL be back, you just have to be!! Your biggest fan, Andrea
  1. Date: 1/27/2015 3:11:00 PM

    This is a very very sad news..Very!!Very!!I hope your break will be a short one.We will be waiting : (
  1. Date: 1/27/2015 2:22:00 PM

    Please don't go! :( Damn...I've already lost so many PS friends...I can't bear to lose another one!! I will miss you...I will miss your humor and your passion. Please do take care and come back soon! Hugs
  1. Date: 1/27/2015 12:15:00 PM

    Hi Armand, I was really sad to read this piece; and I just want you to know that I enjoyed your presence here on this site. Even though we did not interact on a regular basis, you and your work have been an awesome inspiration. Thank you for all the time you took to respond to my pieces with support and encouragement. My friend, please accept my sincere best wishes and blessings! Pandita.
  1. Date: 1/27/2015 9:15:00 AM

    My dearest brother -- your words are a wonderful encouragement to all of us. Whatever you do, wherever you go . . . know that my love and thoughts go with you. You have touched my heart here and I am profoundly grateful for you support and love. Be strong and courageous always . . . until then I will await your return. Light and love dear friend -- and keep writing and encouraging others -- that is your precious gift to use!
  1. Date: 1/27/2015 4:09:00 AM

    - Sad ...... come back soon,Armand !!! - Have a great day ! - hug // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 1/26/2015 10:56:00 PM

    You have told a story and are part of a story au revoir!
  1. Date: 1/26/2015 7:56:00 PM

    Sorry to hear that your leaving Armand. I do know that I will be leaving soon myself. Only when I leave I will not be writing a poem such as you did. When I leave I know that I will not be coming back. Take care and may God be with you in all of your future endeavors... Take care... Eve
  1. Date: 1/26/2015 6:43:00 PM

    Best wishes in all that you do Armand! may your spirit be free and happy :)Cheers Vicki
  1. Date: 1/26/2015 6:42:00 PM

    Oh Armand, my friend, I will miss you terribly. You are so supportive. I love your writing, your stories are amazing. Please, find me on facebook, email me, come to my webpage, just don't disappear, you are so wonderful I need your positive energy. Love you lots my friend. Hugs.
  1. Date: 1/26/2015 6:30:00 PM

    Good luck in your endeavors my friend...You will be welcomed back with open arms when you return....hugs and love Tim