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A Tomb of Ancient Bloom

Take me to the place where the aromatic fragrance
threatens to envelop our obelisks glorifying death;
to the place where the seraphim of old long to steal your breath
only to resurrect you again,
because they adore your shell-shocked epiphany.
The twinkle of wisteria eyes that say star-struck goodbyes to winters long overdue.
Take me to some place new, yet still lingers with the scent of timeless truths.
Can you whisper epigrams in my ears yet still retain your sunflower youth?

And can such a place even exist ...
where I am me and you are you.
Is this dream of ours only a selfish wish?
Where our heart's desires
will never transpire,
but only take cues from Lazarus,
coming into our own like lilac lust.

I am told there is a beautiful gate
that leads to this tomb of ancient bloom.
Will you let me nourish this timid trust
and receive this skeleton key that dreams of wearing skin -
and if not now, of this would-be genesis ... when?

Please don't tease with someday soon,
but let these tumblers unhinge like zealous zephyr.
I know it will be all that you asked.
I know it will be, for my soul spoke so earnestly: give it a chance.

So won't you carve upon this granite heart
that longs for the easy rain of your embrace.
Etch upon these alabaster walls with love's italic hand,
the seven lettered splendor known unabashedly as FREEDOM.

Let it be the only thing
the angels care to dream,
when imagining eternity.

Let none atone
the only thing
set in stone.



Written February 15th, 2016.
Entered in the contest A Tomb of Ancient Bloom hosted by Justin Bordner.

Chosen Poem of the Day on February 17th, 2016

Placed First

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016




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Date: 5/7/2016 4:19:00 PM
Timothy,, nice to see this poem in Justin's contest. *skat*
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 5/16/2016 11:41:00 AM
Thanks Skat. Haven't seen you in a long time! But then again, I guess I've been rather absent myself ...
Date: 4/13/2016 2:55:00 PM
WOW, Timothy. I do not remember reading THIS one. Probably I had not been reading all your poems back in this month yet. Or I skipped it because it was long. Anyway, an outstanding job of this challenge. so original. I could never have pulled off one like this with such unusual images. That is so awesome you got POD with it. did you also win first place in the contest. BIG congrats to you , my friend
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 5/16/2016 11:36:00 AM
Thanks for the enthusiastic comment, Andrea! Highly appreciated :)
Date: 4/13/2016 2:55:00 PM
oh yes, it's right there with PD saying First place to you!!
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Date: 3/19/2016 11:44:00 PM
Nice to see you take first place in Justin's contest Timothy... Congrats. LINDA
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 3/20/2016 11:57:00 PM
Thanks yet again, Linda! I loved doing this contest :D
Date: 3/15/2016 4:12:00 PM
A total capture of the theme and a most deserved win. Congratulations Timothy...
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 3/16/2016 5:01:00 PM
Thanks Charlie! Justin's work has inspired my pen.
Date: 3/13/2016 4:23:00 PM
Nailed it with this write, Timothy-- great job, great work...thanks for sharing this, I enjoyed this read my friend. Congratulations on top spot, very deserving!
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 3/15/2016 2:15:00 AM
Thank you Sam! I didn't originally think I'd write anything for this contest, as the theme was initially vague and cloudy in my mind ... but I'm happy I did and pulled through :)
Date: 3/13/2016 2:42:00 PM
Tim: Happy Sunday. Congratulations on your top placement. I know you had a winner here. SuZ
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 3/15/2016 2:10:00 AM
Happy Tuesday (now), Suz. Thanks for returning yet again ... so stoked that Justin liked it so, especially considering some of the other entries that I liked very much.
Date: 3/13/2016 12:16:00 PM
What a spectacular poem this is Tim! I was enthralled. Captivated until the last word. This is one of your best and is truly deserving of first place. A fave for me and a 7++. Congratulations my friend! Bravo!
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 3/15/2016 2:07:00 AM
Thank you so much Connie! This poem has attracted more attention than I had planned for ... very blessed.
Date: 3/13/2016 8:08:00 AM
Congrats on the top spot Timothy...well deserved for this inspiring write.
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 3/15/2016 1:55:00 AM
Thanks John! :)
Date: 3/13/2016 5:01:00 AM
Congratulations on your first place win, Timothy!!! : ) "with love's italic hand", you've written a beautiful masterpiece. Always, Laura
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 3/15/2016 1:39:00 AM
Thanks Laura. We both went different directions and came through with unique expressions.
Date: 3/13/2016 4:11:00 AM
You just can't get rid of me, Timothy! Here I am once again with congratulations on a much deserved win!! Well done! Enjoying a 3rd read:) ~ Regards // paul
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 3/15/2016 1:20:00 AM
Well then I am honored thrice, my friend! This poem has gotten more attention than I expected ... and getting multiple reads to boot. Thank you very kindly, Paul
Date: 2/19/2016 10:05:00 AM
Hi Timothy...I'm back again...have just realized that this poem has been chosen as POTD...Congratulations!! // paul
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 2/19/2016 9:57:00 PM
Thank you Paul! I was elated to hear that ... not sure if I've ever gotten it before.
Date: 2/19/2016 3:24:00 AM
Absolutely enchanting, Timothy..."Will you let me nourish this timid trust and receive this skeleton key that dreams of wearing skin - and if not now, of this would-be genesis ... when?" Just an amazing part that stuck out to me..great inspiration here! Always, Laura
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 2/19/2016 9:57:00 PM
Thank you Laura! I was inspired by Justin Bordner, and the passion that really oozes in his poetry.
Date: 2/17/2016 9:25:00 PM
Congratulation Tim, on Poem of the Day. This poem is so deserving of the spotlight. I know I only commented on it yesterday but the opportunity to read it again is a pleasure. Loved always, SuZ
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 2/18/2016 12:10:00 AM
Thanks for your second visit, Suzanne! I don't know if I've ever gotten as much comments as I did on this one. I was delighted to hear I got Poem of the Day :D
Date: 2/17/2016 8:10:00 PM
Beautiful. I love where you took us all with this poem! A 7! Cindi
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 2/18/2016 12:08:00 AM
Thanks Cindi! It was very enjoyable for me to write and to muse ...
Date: 2/17/2016 5:11:00 PM
Congratulations Tim-o-thy...Nice seeing this featured.
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 2/17/2016 11:57:00 PM
Thank you Mr. Smith, sir, for stopping by once again! :)
Date: 2/17/2016 4:05:00 PM
Hi Tim, congrats on your p.o.t.d!
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 2/17/2016 11:53:00 PM
Thanks Jennie!
Date: 2/17/2016 3:24:00 PM
Tim, congratulations on Poem of the Day, enjoy the honor ~
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 2/17/2016 11:43:00 PM
Thank you! I was so happy to hear about this :)
Date: 2/17/2016 12:32:00 PM
Many decorous adjectives would be needed to describe the worth and quality of these romantic verses, Timothy. I'll just simply write ~ BEAUTIFUL ~
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 2/17/2016 11:21:00 PM
I am honored Lin. Thank you very much!
Date: 2/17/2016 9:29:00 AM
A cacophony of sound and words that lead to the top of the ancient bloom. Beautiful write, Timothy!
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 2/17/2016 11:14:00 PM
Thanks Ralph! Appreciate your visit...
Date: 2/17/2016 9:25:00 AM
Very nice great way congrats for potd
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 2/17/2016 11:07:00 PM
Thanks Jagdish!
Date: 2/17/2016 7:41:00 AM
I would try for this contest.....but what hope have I after this resplendid write. Simply beyond description. Congrats, my dear, on POTD. hugs
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 2/17/2016 10:57:00 PM
Thanks Eileen! I had a feeling you would like this one ... a little bit different from me, but it was a joy to write. And the POTD also made my day! :)
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 2/17/2016 7:42:00 AM
Lilac lust...Love's italic hand...zealous zepher...
Date: 2/17/2016 5:14:00 AM
great use of words and draws a picture
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 2/17/2016 10:18:00 PM
Thank you Stephen!
Date: 2/17/2016 4:13:00 AM
- You dream about a wonderful place, Timothy :) - Congratulations on your p.o.t.d. - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 2/17/2016 10:17:00 PM
Thanks Anne! I was super-elated to find this was Poem of the Day!
Date: 2/16/2016 11:30:00 PM
Great treatment of the theme, with this dramatic poem and its classic flavor. Janice
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Timothy Hicks
Date: 2/17/2016 2:12:00 AM
Thanks Janice! It was a joy for me to write and dream.
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