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Home Collaberation with Silent One

Standing in the heart of this city
in awe of spectacular lights illuminating tall buildings.
Millions of strangers rush to and fro.
Who would've thought I would be here of all places.

But here I am feeling misplaced
in a place where no one knows your name. 

I fasten the winter coat tight 
to keep my heart wrapped warm,
because this city of strangers is so cold.
People wandering like bad actors struggling 
to play their part with faces lacking expression.

Concrete towers seem to imprison me
in a place my soul does not belong.
I walk the same path monotonously,
wondering where it all went wrong.

But here I am feeling lost and alone .
I'm smiling but only to keep the dancing tears at bay.

I can't be someone who I'm not,
nobody seems to appreciate that I'm misunderstood. 

And the dream that brought me here today,
now wants me to return home.

As my naked breath freezes in the air,
for a moment tired eyes close.
A smile sneaks through reminiscing Chamorro dreams.
Bathing under a blazing sun whose rays 
glow through clear azure skies.
Crystal sapphire seas invite my soul
to immerse in tranquil waves,
peacefully admiring pestrel and
shearwater birds soaring high above.

I can almost hear warblers chirping melodic songs 
of home, perched on a parade of paipai and coconut trees.
Scents of colourful plumeria and hibiscus petals 
draw my senses closer to my heart's province.

Old foot prints have now washed away.
How I long to walk on sands of my forefathers,
where loved ones await with open arms.

A major honor to collaborate with Silent One 

             12 January 2018

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 3/30/2018 7:51:00 PM
Like I told Silent ONe, you did an amazing job together!! Love this.
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Date: 3/29/2018 7:26:00 AM
Love <3
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Date: 3/29/2018 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful collaboration! You both are amazing poets. It almost sounds like one poet wrote this, which is incredible. Thanks for sharing~ JWE
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Date: 3/18/2018 12:55:00 PM
Wonderful collaboration, awesome Guys. Worthy of a revisit;-)
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Date: 2/28/2018 4:23:00 PM
Akkina, felt lead to revisit this verse again. My favorite art in music or written form is male/female duets and collaborations. Number two next to mankind lyrically, musically, vocally praises to God praising Him. Miss you poetically pray all is well with you and your family. Be Blessed, for you are.. :) hugs & smiles James
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Date: 2/25/2018 7:13:00 AM
Excellent and beautiful collaboration it is! Well done. Thanks for sharing it
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Date: 2/14/2018 7:01:00 AM
I could feel the cold city. Almost like Chicago or New York... you painted the scene so beautifully, you guys. Thanks for putting this up for us!
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Date: 2/6/2018 11:24:00 AM
Oh this is good...every line hooked me and found me at the end all too swiftly, the last stanza is killer, great collaboration you two(!)
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Date: 2/3/2018 6:56:00 PM
this is really really nice. I can't even tell which person is doing what! That is the mark of a very good collaboration and I loved the imagery in this one too.
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Date: 2/2/2018 6:59:00 PM
Beautiful collaboration Akkina and Silent One...Very nicely done
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Akkina Downing
Date: 2/3/2018 12:36:00 PM
Thanks Jospeh :) hugs and smiles :)
Date: 1/31/2018 1:03:00 PM
You and Silent mesh well together. A tremendous piece!
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Date: 2/3/2018 12:36:00 PM
Aren't we? Lol! Thank you so much Richard :) we truly appreciate your lovely comment... hugs and smiles :)
Date: 1/29/2018 9:11:00 PM
Kina how very beautiful. You and S1 are a stunning poetic pair!
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Date: 1/30/2018 7:04:00 PM
Thank you Shadow, but the credit really goes to Silent One, he did a marvelous job on this :)
Date: 1/28/2018 5:42:00 PM
Oh my dear Akkina, This is one of the most touching and heart felt collaborations I have ever read. You and Silent one have produced a classic piece of love and longing for the home left and the home that awaits with open arms. Well done you two well done. :-) :-)
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Date: 1/30/2018 7:05:00 PM
Awe, we thank you so much my dearest friend Ed. And yes I can't wait to go home :)
Date: 1/24/2018 6:10:00 PM
Great collaboration... congratulations to both of you...
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Date: 1/30/2018 7:06:00 PM
We thank you so much Pashang... hugs and smiles :)
Date: 1/23/2018 6:31:00 PM
When two such great poets come together to collaborate the results are astonishingly beautiful and truly inspiring. This gem meets that lofty standard and gifts spectacular imagery.. Congrats to you both on composing this great poem! A fav...
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Akkina Downing
Date: 1/24/2018 3:21:00 PM
Thank you so much Rob! I'm sorry I've kinda been busy to reply and I'll be visiting you soon :) hugs and smiles
Date: 1/22/2018 9:33:00 AM
A beautiful collaboration where one can feel the longing of a 'misplaced' person, yearning to go back to her roots. Guam must be a very lovely and inviting place! Hugs & smiles ... paul
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Akkina Downing
Date: 1/22/2018 11:44:00 AM
Yes Guam is beautiful! You're welcome to visit :)
Date: 1/19/2018 9:02:00 PM
Beautiful words and collaboration, Akkina/Silent One. The Chamorro people's story of creation is heart-rendingly beautiful and their language should never be lost. The Home we seek is always with us, it is within...
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Date: 1/21/2018 9:48:00 PM
We thank you so much Leanne! Hugs and smiles :)
Date: 1/19/2018 10:34:00 AM
Simply gorgeous collab poem, Akkina and SO! A poignant theme expressed w/great depth of emotion. Your two pens sparked some alluring ink fire. Breathtaking poetry. Love and joy always.
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Date: 1/19/2018 6:37:00 PM
Awe, our dear friend Freddie, thank you so much... Silent One gets the credit, he's one amazing poet and he did most of it... I was honored that he wanted to collaborate with me. Actually I was nervous at first... Lol!
Date: 1/18/2018 8:55:00 PM
What a beautiful heart wrenching poem! It touched my heart....excellent sums it up! Just wonderfully excellent:-)
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Akkina Downing
Date: 1/19/2018 8:06:00 AM
Silent and I thank you very much Donna... Hugs and smiles :)
Date: 1/16/2018 6:28:00 PM
Hi Akkina you and Silent have penned an excellent collaboration. I can't tell who wrote what. It saddens my heart when I see a homeless person.I could feel an intense desire and longing to go back "home". Excellent job:-) Alexis
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Date: 1/19/2018 8:06:00 AM
Silent and I thank you so much Alexis! Hugs and smiles :)
Date: 1/16/2018 9:05:00 AM
Dearest Akkina, I have read your poem when Silent One posted it. In case you have not seen my comment, here it is: " If one has left his country and lived in a foreign place much better would understand your sentimental and beautiful poem which is filled with the yearning of the heart for home! Congratulations to both of you: Akinna and S.O., S.O. and Akkina for this delightful collaboration!"
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Akkina Downing
Date: 1/16/2018 2:19:00 PM
Thank you so much Demetrios...hugs and smiles :)
Date: 1/15/2018 6:17:00 PM
And a most stunning and beautiful collaboration it is! Well done :)
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Date: 1/15/2018 9:13:00 PM
We thank you so much, Laura! Hugs and smiles :)
Date: 1/15/2018 10:32:00 AM
A wonderful image created : ))
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Date: 1/15/2018 9:14:00 PM
Thanks Tim! Hugs and smiles :)
Date: 1/15/2018 8:04:00 AM
Just!!! WOW//// is it meant for a man to cry, alas Why not! don't I have eyes, why can't I shed just shed a tear for joyful pride.. Enough said my opinion should be Poem of the Year. Not enough positive togetherness in this world adding everything my fellow Soupers said previously... I'll end with this "Let's all go back HOME, write on there's praise in words and words in praise. Thank-you Akkina & Silent One and again I pray, WRITE ON James
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Akkina Downing
Date: 1/15/2018 9:18:00 PM
Silent and I are so happy to receive such praise. You honored us dear James, thank you! Hugs and smiles :)
Date: 1/15/2018 7:23:00 AM
This is such an excellent, well written poem. I just love it. Again, congratulations to the both of you! :)
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Akkina Downing
Date: 1/15/2018 9:18:00 PM
Awe, we thank you so much Miss Heidi! Hugs and smiles :)
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