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Cup of Empty

Cup of Empty
She pours him a cup of empty
From a teapot of childhood dreams
He loves the sound of her giggles
Hers is the light of a thousand moonbeams

Moonbeams and butterflies, petals from roses
Counting out loud, crossing fingers and toeses
Unicorns and Teddy all enjoying a sip
Cups full of empty never spill and can't drip

He lifts a cup of empty
and gives his baby a wink
"Mmmm, dear darling, this is so delicious,
it’s the very best I've ever had to drink"

In the evening he turns to his bottle
With his friends he goes to the bar
She faithfully waits for him for hours
Thinking "Dear daddy I wonder where you are?"

Moonbeams and butterflies, petals from roses
Counting out loud, crossing fingers and toeses
Unicorns and Teddy all enjoying a sip
Cups full of empty never spill and can't drip

She sets their table and faithfully waits,
hoping that daddy will be coming home soon
But her tired eyes give way to sleepy
as her Teddy watches under the moon

He comes home way after midnight
Sees his angel asleep on the floor
Smiles and sips a sip of empty
and thinks "I shouldn't drink anymore"

Years have a way of taking
She doesn't wait for daddy at home
She's found a new kind of pleasure
Her hunger grew from being alone

She fills her veins with her empty
Dreams she can't explain
Trades her body and those giggles
In hopes of escaping her pain

Moonbeams and butterflies, petals from roses
Counting out loud crossing fingers and toeses
Unicorns and Teddy all enjoying a sip
Cups full of empty never spill and can't drip

Daddy sat home, and he waited
His baby girl she never came home
He still drowns himself in his bottle
But now he drinks all alone

Her teacup sits on the counter
Emptied of her childhood dreams
He misses the sound of her giggles
and the light of a thousand moon beams

He lifts the cup full of empty
To his lips and takes another drink
Empties out the rest of the bottle
As his pain is poured down the sink

Moonbeams and butterflies, petals and roses
Counting out loud crossing fingers and toeses
Unicorns and Teddy all enjoying a sip
Cups full of empty never spill and can't drip

He traded what was real for his empty
As she relinquished her childhood dreams
Now his baby girl has flown to heaven
On the light of a thousand moon beams

He wishes he could be with his baby
Lift her cup and give her a wink
Say "Mmmm this is so delicious,
it's the best I've ever had to drink!






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Date: 9/27/2019 6:03:00 AM
No pun intended Richard, but this is quite the sobering piece of poetry. My eyes were captured by the title. Thinking this was a Zen kind of poem, and in a way it truly is Richard. Very beautiful and heartfelt. Thanks so much.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 9/27/2019 8:27:00 AM
What a great response Jeff. Thanks Buddy.
Date: 9/24/2019 9:39:00 AM
This is so beautiful! It is gut wrenching and heartbreakingly raw. As a parent, things, such as this, hit me hard. I feel like I have so many passions and interests. So many things are occupying my mind as I pretend to be blown away by the tricks my son shows me on the trampoline. I feel like I am never fully present and I worry that they sense a lightened mood once I make a drink. Seriously, the “teacup full of empty “, this was absolutely fabulous! Extraordinary poem! A new fav!
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 9/27/2019 8:29:00 AM
Thanks Anna, your response is a gift to me. Hugs Rick.
Date: 4/20/2019 5:08:00 PM
As a recovering addict that comes from a long line of alcoholics....this is just beautiful. I'm crying, remembering both sides of that coin....seems like we unknowingly pass the curse on rather than break the cycle ourselves. Thank you for sharing your words
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 4/20/2019 5:58:00 PM
Thanks Eckho. I appreciate such a heartfelt response.
Date: 5/11/2018 2:31:00 PM
Oh wow, Richard! This is so amazing...amazingly good and poignant. It almost brought tears to my eyes. A real "tear jerker" and a beauty. I can see why you won with this one. Faved.
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Date: 12/13/2017 6:09:00 AM
i curse the fact, i don't get about too much these days on soup. Especially when i miss gems like his Richard. you make your point in a very poetic way,,which does you so much credit in this art..This is truly amazing, and extremely poignant..I wish you and your family all the best for the festive season.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 12/13/2017 7:18:00 AM
Thanks Harry your response pleases me. I appreciate you looking this one up.
Date: 10/28/2017 11:48:00 AM
An absolutely heartbreaking poem, Richard. Beautifully layered, so emotionally gripping. Ty for making this a poem suggestion in Becca's blog. A masterpiece and an instant fave. Pulsar poetry, a luminous write. Love and peace always.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 12/13/2017 7:19:00 AM
Hi Freddie, somehow I missed this comment till now. Thanks for th visit.
Date: 3/23/2017 8:19:00 AM
Another good poem with a strong message, I have become completely your fan. I also noticed that the poem has a subtle hip-hop beat.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 3/23/2017 8:39:00 AM
I am honoured you like my writing. Thanks for such an uplifting visit. Do check out my website www.wisedummypoet.com
Date: 10/21/2016 9:11:00 AM
One of your finest, Richard and one of the finest I have, I am adding it to my favorites. Congratulations on a well-done piece and your placement.
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Date: 10/21/2016 9:54:00 AM
Thanks Reason, you have added some sunshine to my morning.
Date: 10/20/2016 7:10:00 PM
The year is of no importance, this is a great write and a most deserving winner. Congratulations Richard, I'm so glad you shared it with all of us. Truely wonderful...
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 10/20/2016 8:20:00 PM
Thanks Charlie, much appreciated.
Date: 10/20/2016 1:32:00 PM
Hello all, thanks for kind words. I have asked Frank to disqualify me from the contest. I should have double checked my write date. I wrote this one in November of last year. It seems time slipped by quicker then I suspected. Congrats to all the winners.
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Date: 10/20/2016 12:51:00 PM
This was I think the best from this year, good choice on your part for choosing from the many great ones you've done this year. Congrats to you, and to the judge for having great taste!
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 10/20/2016 1:33:00 PM
Hi John, thanks for letting me know about my start date. See my note above.
Date: 10/20/2016 12:41:00 PM
This is awesome. Sad meaningful and hopeful for different choices. Very well written. Having a Coke Zero to cheer...
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 10/20/2016 1:34:00 PM
I'm pleased you enjoyed it. Please see note above.
Date: 10/20/2016 9:27:00 AM
Richard, I do remember this outstanding poem, and I am so pleased to see it at the top of the podium with your Trophy win in this Premiere Contest. Congratulations! Sandra
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Date: 10/20/2016 9:24:00 AM
Raised in a family full of addictions, your poem carved tearwells in my heart where my soul's weeping can be collected. You are truly an artist and deserve first place. Congrats! ~Cindi~
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Date: 10/20/2016 9:23:00 AM
As said by the others, this is one of those tragic stories told over and over again, in many homes, by many people who have lost their way. You told it well, while pulling at the heart, Richard. Congratulations on your win !
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Date: 10/20/2016 8:50:00 AM
Oh, this is a painful and sad write, Richard:) one of your best:) a 7:) and a big congratulations on your win:)
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 10/20/2016 9:01:00 AM
Thanks Jo.
Date: 10/20/2016 8:30:00 AM
Congratulations Richard. A very sad and meaningful poem. It happens way too often. A well deserved first place write:)
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 10/20/2016 9:00:00 AM
Thanks Daniel.
Date: 10/20/2016 7:32:00 AM
Oh, my goodness, how beautiful--made me cry, Richard. This moving piece certainly deserved top win! Janice
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 10/20/2016 7:53:00 AM
You are kind, thanks Janice.
Date: 10/20/2016 6:55:00 AM
Congratulations on your win, Richard. So beautiful and sad. Agnes
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 10/20/2016 7:52:00 AM
Thanks Agnes.;0)
Date: 10/20/2016 6:23:00 AM
It is packed with emotion. I was hanging on to every word. Wonderful piece. Congratulations on your win!
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 10/20/2016 7:53:00 AM
Thanks Brenda, I am proud of this one. Hugs Rick.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 10/20/2016 7:52:00 AM
Thanks Brenda, I am proud of this one. Hugs Rick.
Date: 7/25/2016 11:39:00 AM
A rich sharing, Richard. Deserving of its ranking. Cheers!
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Date: 7/24/2016 6:05:00 AM
Hi Richard, Congratulations on yourtop win in the contest. This is a beautiful poem filled with emotional content. This has to be one of your best Richard. This is excellent poetry. This write charms tears from the rose in my heart. This had to be a winner Richard. This is a seven and a fave Richard. I always told you your poetry did sing, whether it was joyful or sad it didn't matter....Mike.
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Date: 7/24/2016 1:41:00 AM
Beautiful, heartbreaking, great words
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Date: 7/23/2016 11:07:00 PM
Congrats on your trophy win. I enjoyed the poem. Regards Sunita :)
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Date: 7/23/2016 10:30:00 PM
Richard, love everything about this poem. Congratulations on your awesome win. I'd invite you to my newest blog, but it is lame, No smiley faces.. anyways. Congrats. SKAT
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