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POTD 29 Jan 2020
A balmy fragrance of cedar and lime lingers A will o wisp floats by gathering dew A mark on the page of another man’s book A brightly coloured crayon of an unknown hue A footprint in golden sands sinking deep A delicate daisy plucked petal of love An afterglow of a smile when day is done A twinkling star shining above I bring no rhythm to normality’s rhyme How can I be what they want me to be? Cut down by rejection my enemy is time To be or not to be~ my only crime Their cruel jeers and jibes cut raw and deep Beneath this guise the voice cries somewhere Vulnerable and naked a stripped mentality Two steps from liberty ~one from despair Fell short of their instincts or was it just me? A father gone missing and a mother who fell No method actor I ~ just can’t fake a smile Two steps from Heaven ~ one step from Hell I am what I am no matter what you see A trapped persona in my very own shadow Sadness overcomes me ~ leave me be Go out on a limb ~ follow your own rainbow Don’t implore me to stay When all I want ~ is to go Forgive me please Freedom beckons so seductively
Gender roles in society means how we’re expected to act, speak, dress, groom, and conduct ourselves based upon our assigned sex. In the late 80’s and early 90’s in Oz many people who came ‘out of the closet’ so to speak, were being alienated because they were perceived as too different or just too weird for the norm. This poem is written for a dear friend who felt that life had given up on him. In spite of being his best friend and neighbour for many years, there was nothing I could do to convince him to stay. He descended into a downward spiral of his own making, and gave up on himself at the tender age of 26, many moons ago. I didn’t think it was right to share any photos of this beautiful man, but if you can imagine a blonde version of Adam Lambert the singer ~ that’s who he looked like. A powerhouse of talent and good looks. What I can share with you are some of his creations. He could virtually design and whip up a dress to wear in mere hours, as he did for me in the above images posted. A sweet sensitive person who would do anything for a friend and a very handy person to have as a neighbour. Got to laugh at the 80’s hair!.
~Gone but not forgotten~
POTD 29 Jan 2020

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Date: 4/14/2020 4:30:00 PM
Wow, Maria, congratulations on your POTD. I am truly sorry about your friend. You have written a warm and touching tribute. Your poem is beautifully written. I hope all is well. JC Hawkens
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Date: 3/9/2020 3:11:00 PM
Congratulations on your POTD Maria - a great write, Blessings, Jennifer
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Date: 2/26/2020 8:09:00 PM
Wow! My sweet friend, Maria, what a powerful, emotional poem. So tragic, so deeply moving. You express the sadness and the helplessness of 'a trapped persona' with tenderness and beautiful poetic artistry. A haunting, poignant tribute to your dear friend. Your humanity shines through your captivating words and your friend would be so honored. Belated congratulations on your well deserved POTD too. Your poet's notes were illuminating and the pics so nice to see :) Warmest wishes, love and hugs always.. ~Susan
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Date: 3/1/2020 8:19:00 PM
Thanks Susan my dear dear friend. You are so kind. A difficult one to write, still I think you are right, he would be pleased. So lovely to see you here again, you have been missed my friend....Maria Hugs
Date: 2/11/2020 3:24:00 PM
Congrats on your POTD, Maria. Well done.
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Date: 2/22/2020 2:10:00 AM
Thank you Line, that's very kind....Maria Hugs
Date: 2/4/2020 8:45:00 AM
Well written. So much emotion, on one page. Wow. Ann
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Date: 2/5/2020 4:16:00 AM
Thanks Ann, yes I guess there was a lot of emotion to this write, brought back some bitter sweet memories. I greatly appreciate your visit and comment ....Maria Hugs
Date: 2/3/2020 3:12:00 PM
Inspired writing Dear Maria - such an emotional inspiration and BTW, I think you'd be pretty in any hairstyle - I'll be back on facebook shortly for another go.
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Date: 2/4/2020 5:24:00 AM
Thanks Craig, that's very sweet of you. Yes I noticed you haven't been on FB? Looking forward to your return. Thanks for the visit, appreciate it....Maria Hugs
Date: 2/3/2020 9:40:00 AM
Goosebumps. A Trapped persona with no way out except ending it all to find eternal freedom ..Ending all the expectations of others. Am moved by this poem dear.Its so sad when anyone suffers alone and in silence,when he /she feels they don't belong.Am touched.What a great tribute poem to your friend. Fantastic..He must be smiling in heaven.
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Date: 2/4/2020 5:27:00 AM
Yes so true, he left many a shattered person in his wake. I guess enough is never enough. Thank so much for the support dear Charmaine, I am touched you paid a visit, and I truly appreciate it my dear ....Maria Hugs
Date: 1/30/2020 11:50:00 AM
This is one of your best poems, Maria. I love the topic, content and technical aspect of it. The end notes give us an added understanding of what brought this on. Enjoyed the song and the model, too :) Congratulations re POTD ~ Warm regards // paul
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Date: 1/30/2020 6:15:00 PM
I am most flattered my dear Paul, coming from such a gifted artist and poet as yourself, you honour me.Thank you. Yeah what can one say. People like him come into ones life for a reason, I will always remember him as the sweetest friend I ever had. Warm regards Paul....Maria Hugs
Date: 1/30/2020 6:43:00 AM
Superb message & poetry my dear friend, Maria...my belated Congrats!! on POTD!!...you looked like Donna Summer lol...all my love from the Wingster...and the best to Ronnie...^WW^ :o)
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Date: 1/30/2020 6:10:00 PM
Thanks so much John. I'm a lucky woman indeed, been dressed in the finest red lace, painted in sparkling red sequined extravaganza ( still holds pride of place above my desk), thank you for that its a constant reminder of you. You like Robert are humble and sweet, not aware of how gifted you are. Thanks my friend for all the support you show....Maria Hugs
Date: 1/30/2020 1:36:00 AM
Congratulations my beautiful friend.
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Date: 1/30/2020 5:31:00 AM
Thanks my dear friend Pashang, I so appreciate your visit and support always ....Maria Hugs
Date: 1/30/2020 12:10:00 AM
Beautiful diction... Lovely piece with a cutting seductive edge...congrats
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Date: 1/30/2020 5:33:00 AM
Thank you Peter, I appreciate your visit and comment....Maria Hugs
Date: 1/29/2020 10:17:00 PM
Nice to see this honored POTD. Congratulations, Maria. :) hugs
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Date: 1/29/2020 11:02:00 PM
Thanks for the return visit my dear friend....Maria Hugs
Date: 1/29/2020 6:30:00 PM
Maria, congratulations on POTD with your powerfully written sad poem.
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Date: 1/29/2020 9:18:00 PM
Thanks so much Tania , I appreciate both your visit and comment ....Maria Hugs
Date: 1/29/2020 5:45:00 PM
Absolutely superb piece, Maria:-) Heartiest congratulations on your p.o.t.d. recognition! His memory is a blessing...<3
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Date: 1/29/2020 9:16:00 PM
Thank you so much Edward , indeed his memory will always be a blessing to me. Thanks for the visit and support ....Maria Hugs
Date: 1/29/2020 1:22:00 PM
So sad when someone chooses death over life. Your friend will never be forgotten. You honor him through your words. Congratulations Maria, on Poem of the Day. ~ Brandy
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Date: 1/30/2020 8:54:00 PM
You are very welcome Maria. You look great in these clothes designed by your friend. He lives in these memories. ~ Brandy
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Date: 1/29/2020 9:13:00 PM
It is sad, and the drugs didn't do him any favours either. Still, good memories with the clothes he designed and the photos I have live on. I guess the intrinsic part of his life was to make a mark on the friends that he left behind with his beautiful giving nature and love. Thanks Brandy for the understanding...Maria Hugs
Date: 1/29/2020 12:09:00 PM
Great to see this got POTD...Your friend would have been honoured
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Date: 1/29/2020 9:08:00 PM
Thanks Si, yes indeed I do think he would have been. Some of his expressions just popped into my head when I was writing this sombre write....Maria Hugs
Date: 1/29/2020 10:51:00 AM
To put this serious event together full of talent as you have done attests to what yu can do. I don't see enough of your writing. You're one of the best! Of course, congratulations!
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Date: 1/29/2020 9:05:00 PM
That is very sweet of you Sunlite, a hard one to do as always with a dear friend lost under tragic circumstances. I have the clothes still hanging in the wardrobe, a lovely reminder of happier times. I appreciate your visit and comments as always dear friend...Maria Hugs
Date: 1/29/2020 10:46:00 AM
Congrats on POTD Marie.. a somber write..
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Date: 1/29/2020 9:02:00 PM
Thanks Joseph, indeed it is, appreciate your visit and comment ...Maria Hugs
Date: 1/29/2020 9:14:00 AM
Congratulations. This is very sad ...
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Date: 1/29/2020 9:01:00 PM
Thanks Kai, appreciate your visit and comment ...Maria Hugs
Date: 1/29/2020 8:33:00 AM
Congratulations Maria on POTD...A really conscientious write, bring back the memory of long good friend...
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Date: 1/29/2020 8:59:00 PM
Thanks Arturo, I appreciate your visits and lovely comments always dear friend....Maria Hugs
Date: 1/29/2020 7:17:00 AM
Back with congrats Maria on poem of the day.
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Date: 1/29/2020 8:58:00 PM
Thank you for the return visit dear Vijay, I truly appreciate it.....Maria Hugs
Date: 1/29/2020 6:48:00 AM
- An awesome write, Maria - My congratulations go to you ... a great topic that touches many, my friend :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 1/29/2020 8:57:00 PM
Thank you Anne-Lise , I appreciate your comments and support as always my dear friend....Maria Hugs
Date: 1/29/2020 5:53:00 AM
How I wish there had been souls with great hearts and wider thoughts in the life of those people who were lost in a world that had failed to decode their language and comprehend their needs.. A meaningful message! A wonderful tribute of a great connection and a deep understanding of the soul inner turmoil.. Congratulations, dearest Maria, on your POTD honour! A well earned recognition! Always an immense pleasure to read your profound Poetry.. warmest wishes and blessings. Love and hugs.
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Date: 1/29/2020 8:56:00 PM
Besma. my sweetest friend your comments always take Souls to a higher level. Thank you for being you. I truly appreciate your support You would have understood this soul'sinner turmoil. Perhaps some are to sensitive for the harshness of this life....Maria Hugs
Date: 1/29/2020 4:58:00 AM
Back to congratulate on a well-deserved POTD. Your poetry is missing my dearest friend, Maria. Hugs xxx
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Date: 1/29/2020 5:08:00 AM
That is very kind of you my dear sweet friend Demetrios. Thanks for the return visit....Maria Hugs
Date: 1/29/2020 4:34:00 AM
Congratulations Maria on the honor of being chosen for POTD - fantastic write. Blessings, Jennifer.
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Date: 1/29/2020 4:51:00 AM
Thank you Jennifer, I truly appreciate both your visit and lovely comment....Maria Hugs
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