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I never got why you always Ate the red pink color out The Sherbet ice cream It was like excavation How you removed all the cherry Without even affecting the other colors Leaving the orange and the vanilla Neatly for others Who does that? Being a poet I used to think that one day That could be a metaphor in some poem Which would take the younger half of my life To give it reason Now watching you sleep during your chemo Puts my every coping skill to test Cause I could really use a hug Or even one of your corny colloquialisms Four years of Advanced English and I had to ask a surgeon what he meant By two days to live I asked him that six times Watching the beeping machines Playing pinball with your diaastolic & Systolic I hope I pronounced it right You are the one who always mispronounced Turning my head while the nurse Changes your diaper hurts in the worst way Five years ago I watched you Put a diaper on sideways July will be his sixth birthday And though you are on that stupid respirator Thing I slipped headphones on your head Noticing your eyebrows moving Only Prince could make your eyebrows Dance in such a rhythm So I knew you were listening Sorry I purposely didn’t have any Bowie Remembering your face when you got a low C on an exam intentionally Just so i could get a high D You did more work on my term paper Than I ever could Last night I went down to that little Hospital aquarium thing where they have the tiny waterfalls and plants and danced barefoot in the tiny ponds Like it was Malibu or Santa Monica It took two security guards to talk me out I refused their five finger therapy test You would have laughed I just couldn’t watch the last minutes Of your life Not even the last seconds I would have said something to God That would have gotten me Ex communicated from every Religion Neither God nor Jesus has an answer Why 30 year old mothers need to die with cancer I blame your father for your mother's Wrinkles and Silver hair- No way was she oblivious To his multiple affairs And watching those stupid heart lines reverberate from Elvis To Como to John Denver From James Brown to a silent Sonata Some guidance counselor Chaplin person came in Asked if I needed to talk to someone I said, Only if they are on a wine bottle I know I was abrasively rude And I know your moans and groans We're really just encrypted signals Telling me you remembered my three month marriage The volleyball season lasted longer I Spent an entire week with you And never once did you say You knew he was a loser But he was... A day later we were Laughing… Over Sherbet Ice cream The Doctor said it could be All be over in minutes So I guess I leave my final respects I promise Your children will never know neglect I exited the elevator From the halls hearing crying Your family covering you like an umbrella Now I get the metaphor Of you eating the pink Out the rainbow sherbet Leaving us the Orange & Vanilla Michael Ellis 2021

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Date: 4/5/2021 1:44:00 AM
Wow, Michael this certainly moved me. So pleased this poem made POTD and yes the week i hope as well.
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Date: 3/30/2021 12:44:00 PM
OMG your stanza "Four years of Advanced English and / I had to ask a surgeon what he meant / By two days to live" left me breathless with tears in my eyes. So very poignant, Michael ~ A FAVE for sure. Hugs xx
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Date: 3/25/2021 3:58:00 PM
I can’t imagine you being braver than you are. You are someone worth knowing. There is weight to your words.
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Michael Ellis
Date: 3/26/2021 1:00:00 PM
Losing my mother at 10 and being shipped to a big city on a greyhound bus meant I needed a voice to survive. Words were all I had to deal with the internal pain and external fear. I was as frightened as a Vietnam soldier in that city. If I didn't write I feared I would have forgotten...
Date: 3/25/2021 5:41:00 AM
Literally one of the best poems I have read on the soup. I am greatly moved and appreciate the intimate and familiar feel of this piece, almost like slipping into an old sweater. Congrats on POTD and for having the courage to post. So many will relate to this poignant piece. Blessings Rick.
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Date: 3/25/2021 3:09:00 PM
I am moved as rivers are moved by sea storms. Your words encourage me. These Poems come from a deep place of pain and are very "intimate" as you described. It takes a writer to understand a writer. After this I will seek your work. Thank You Rick for Positive thoughts. You made me braver.
Date: 3/25/2021 4:42:00 AM
. I love your poetry style Michael and this poem moved me from the moment i began to read it, many congrats on POTD - it's poem of the year for me:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 3/26/2021 2:20:00 AM
Thank you so much my forever friend. I no longer remember which door in my soul these poems come from or which window they go out of. Your words mean so much however as I return after being away a year from Poetry. After 32 straight years they finally gave me a year off, well kind of...I wanted to cry after I read this poem a dozen times as I remember my mother's ordeal as a ten year old kid..My stepfather being the loser mentioned in the poem..Filled with words I wish I could forget. Thank you Jan..Thank you I look forward to reading your poems in 2021
Date: 3/24/2021 9:10:00 PM
Oh my ! "Leaving the Orange & Vanilla" Kindness is a virtue that doesn't go unnoticed. Giving to others. Your thoughts tug at my heartstrings. This is tender and emotional, all at the same time. Congratulations Michael, on Poem of the Day. My best to you. ~ Brandy
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Date: 3/26/2021 1:03:00 PM
Thank you so much...My mother's tragic one year marriage followed by her death. I watched as a ten year old trying to interpret adult events. Poetry is the helium that kept me floating in clouds. You are so appreciated for your sincere and encouraging words Brandy...
Date: 3/24/2021 9:10:00 PM
Michael, this is a special...no, an extra special piece of work. I have watched a loved one die...my mother, my wife and folks I didn't really know. It's difficult. I hope you have found some peace. I loved the metaphor, too. Congrats on POTD!
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Date: 3/26/2021 9:55:00 PM
Thank You Milton for taking the time to read my Poem. Your words move me like a spell. Men make wars but do so little to fight cancer an enemy that Bombs all nations..I extend my sadness for your losses. I know they were amazing people...But they live on in our lyrics if we believe... Picture them hugging you right now..I look forward to reading your work...Michael
Date: 3/24/2021 4:36:00 PM
Hi Michael, What a moving and touching write. You expressed your emotions of pain and loss very well in this deep, well-written piece. Congratulations on getting the poem of the day. It was well deserved-Alexis
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Date: 3/24/2021 4:40:00 PM
After a Covid Year off from Poetry this was a beautiful return to Poetry. Thank you so much for reading through the similes and metaphors all the way to the Flat lines of this tragic disease. There is healing in our words called love.
Date: 3/24/2021 3:49:00 PM
Very touching and very sad, Michael. Well written story of pain, loss and grieving. Congratulations on your POTD.
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Date: 3/27/2021 4:18:00 PM
Thank you Sam for moving words..If we can make a wave of hope with our words, then we have done something incredible
Date: 3/24/2021 1:14:00 PM
Wow Michael! So poignant! Well deserving of POTD.
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Date: 3/28/2021 6:08:00 PM
Thank You Jennifer for reading. It is rewarding as a poet to get people to feel compassion. My poems are often sad but must be written. I now look forward to reading your poetry
Date: 3/24/2021 10:11:00 AM
A masterpiece in every sense! For once...I am speechless. You should enter this in Poetry magagazines, Congratulations and a FAV, PANAGIOTA XX
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Date: 3/29/2021 11:32:00 PM
Your words are enlarged like font in my mind & heart. I will appreciate this vote of appreciation and pick up the pen again. I always wanted to enter in Poetry magazines but didn't know they existed. Perhaps I'll put on that tux once more. In the meantime I am off to read a few of your poems. Thank you..
Date: 3/24/2021 9:53:00 AM
Michael, oh you have touched my heart deeply with your emotional poem of pain and loss and love, so well written with much feeling and reality, congratulations on your very deserving POEM OF THE DAY, Poetry soup got it right this time _Constance
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Date: 3/31/2021 11:58:00 PM
Thank you so much Constance. It is a paradox that a million don't make headline news. CNN nor fox are interested. So many people want to make them invisible. So many people share my poems with sick loved ones and I feel blessed, the poet who kept his promise to those I lost along the way. Your words mean a lot to me. Hug your family for me!!
Date: 3/24/2021 8:42:00 AM
Congratulations, Mike, on POTD! The range of emotions, the headphones playing, the heartbreak of cherry sherbert...perhaps that shall be your modus operandi from now on, or perhaps that will be left. My mom has cancer and hopefully will get a good report as she had her last chemo session. No matter what age, we cling to our loved ones. Hugs..Kim
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Date: 4/1/2021 6:25:00 PM
Kim Thank you for reading my poem about cancer. I pray for your mother as I would for mine if she were living. These are the wars we should be fighting i.e. Diseases of Mass destruction..I am so glad the vibration went from my pen to your reading eyes. I feel your energy though we are a zillion miles apart..Keep writing.
Date: 3/24/2021 8:28:00 AM
The raw emotions you experienced are vividly portrayed in your poem. Once I started reading I couldn't stop. Congrats on your POTD! Blessings, Kim M
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Date: 4/3/2021 5:29:00 PM
Oh Thank You so much. I am returning to Poetry after so many years. Your words encourage me to do this again after some challenging years. You are my miracle. I shall now read your Poetry...Peace, love and Joy to you and yours
Date: 3/24/2021 7:58:00 AM
Congratulations on your POTD win. A wonderful story/write. So sorry your 30 year old mother past away. Remember the good times like her eating the pink out the rainbow sherbet. Have a blessed day....................
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Michael Ellis
Date: 4/4/2021 10:43:00 AM
Paula you are the Poetry why I write poetry. Thank you for words as warm as Sunshine. I have been away from this site for so long. Thank you for the welcome mat. I shall read your poems today...Yayyy
Date: 3/24/2021 7:30:00 AM
So sad to read the story of your loss Michael, I always read poem of the day which led me to read this heartfelt, moving write of yours. A well deserved honour. Take care ~ Belle
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Michael Ellis
Date: 4/15/2021 11:26:00 AM
Thank You from the core of my being. I value every word. Raw pain unfiltered is hard to share but I must for those who need their stories told
Date: 3/24/2021 7:07:00 AM
I know too well the sadness and angst of the moments so poignantly portrayed herein. I am still holding back tears that should have been shed long ago..
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Date: 3/24/2021 7:01:00 AM
- Heartbreaking and so genuinely written ... "Why 30 year old mothers need to die with cancer" ... WHY !?!?! - Congratulations on p.o.t.d., well deserved Michael - // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 3/24/2021 6:09:00 AM
Amazing write! Congrats on POTD, Michael!
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Date: 3/24/2021 5:55:00 AM
This is a stunning write, Michael. Brilliant story telling. A well deserved poem of the day. BIG congrats!
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Date: 3/24/2021 5:21:00 AM
Congrats on POTD, sweet friend. God bless you always :) Love, Gina
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Date: 3/24/2021 2:49:00 AM
A powerful verse Michael, I know many including me have lost loved ones to this terrible disease. Congrats to you on it being chosen as POTD, a well deserved honour. Tom
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Date: 3/22/2021 3:48:00 PM
I've lost too many friends to cancer and my hubby had it which is when i first started to write, this is the most moving poem I have read this year, I can say no more except exceptional poetry and into my faves:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 3/22/2021 5:50:00 PM
Thank You so much Jan Allison...I was nervous to Post but I am glad you were the first reason...You are awesome. We shall use our words to heal!!