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If Only, I Wish, Maybe

If Only…I Wish…Maybe… If only… Shards of shame Lay splintered In unresolved pieces – Bits of crystal intentions Unrepairable… I wish… Minutes of regret Not revived – Living unreachable In lifeless echoes sighing No resuscitation… Why… In a whirlwind A tornado Uproots shallow graves Screams at the unknowable Unanswered… Yeah but… Expletives excuse - Bargains with The blank face of denial Unrelenting tears of truth - Pacing energy… Maybe… A star at midnight - A wishing star - Bends down in prayer Points to a northern light Always there… Could it be… Time makes a way - Ascending From ashes of stone - Grace has its own mission Acceptance. 8/4/20

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Date: 8/8/2020 8:09:00 PM
A powerful and poetic rendering of the grieving process, my dear friend. I hope you have been able to share this and bring comfort to those enduring a season of grief. A always, you bring your compassionate heart to your poetry of sympathy. Congratulations for your win, and may God bless you richly, my friend.
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 8/9/2020 9:44:00 AM
Thank you so much John! My heart is so grateful for your always thoughtful messages and your friendship! Would love to find a way to get this out to grief support groups - so grateful for the suggestion! Take care - sending you a bushel of blessings!
Date: 8/7/2020 10:38:00 PM
I love how you use grace as the central theme in your outstanding poems Sam. Indeed a blessing from painful experiences that you've so honestly portrayed and then beautifully transformed to hope and acceptance. Congratulations on your win my friend. Much love :)
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 8/9/2020 9:38:00 AM
Thank you so much my friend. I am indeed humbled by your beautiful, and generous, message. This theme just seemed to scream the grieving process. I so hoped that this poem would address this process with a transparent honesty. Thank you for your affirmation! Sending back to much love and many hugs...
Date: 8/6/2020 8:06:00 AM
True.. phenomenonal write mam:-) Grace has its own mission acceptance~thought provoking lines.Enjoyed your Muse. Congratulations on your wonderful win.:-) Keep inspiring.Warm regards~Deepa:-)
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 8/9/2020 9:24:00 AM
So good to hear from you Deepa! Hope you are doing well. Thank you for your very kind words, congratulations and encouragement! In the grieving process, I think acceptance is the hardest stage but with grace I do believe it will ultimately happen. All the best to you!
Date: 8/5/2020 2:47:00 PM
Much to ponder in this wonderful write Sam--BIG congrats on your podium win.
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 8/9/2020 9:18:00 AM
Vijay, thank you for your visit and your congratulations. I maybe wrong but I think all of us who write hope that our words will leave a footprint on the heart and soul of our readers. So grateful for your affirmation. Continued blessings to you and your delightful muse!
Date: 8/5/2020 11:17:00 AM
- Beautifully written, Sam ... thoughtful :) - Congratulations on your win - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 8/9/2020 9:10:00 AM
Thank you so much Anne-Lise not only for your congratulations but for your lovely words. They are encouragement! I am grateful! Smiles and hugs back to you!
Date: 8/5/2020 11:12:00 AM
This is a beauty Sam and you crafted this write into superb poem which earned you a win and our congrats. Anger, denial and then acceptance- there is little more than the third stage that we can do, just accept it with grace and hold the grief in your heart as it mellows. Hugs and blessings,
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 8/9/2020 9:08:00 AM
Hi Jennifer! Thank you for your congratulations and beautiful message. I agree with you -"accept it with grace." That can be the hardest stage. I like your concept that grief "mellows." That is profound. And, thank goodness we have God's grace! Sending back hugs and blessings to you.
Date: 8/5/2020 10:23:00 AM
Dear Sam, A big Congratulations! Love the way you formatted the poem - I want to try this form sometime, this is amazing! Yes!! This time both of us met the requirements - what an achievement! Hugs, Mala
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 8/5/2020 10:29:00 AM
Thank you so much Mala for your congratulations - so grateful. This theme just seemed to lend itself to an overarching theme of grieving so I used the stages of grieving as the foundation for the verses. Hope you enjoy playing with the format. Would love to see the results! Blessings!
Date: 8/5/2020 7:46:00 AM
Grace has its own mission.. yes so many lack it, and are not accepted.. I like how you formatted the poem and how you started it off.. It really reads very well.. Congratulations on your placement in the contest..
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Date: 8/5/2020 9:43:00 AM
Hi SO. Thank you for sponsoring this theme, taking the time to judge and for your placement. Most grateful. I do love that line and wanted to highlight the stages of grieving - "wish" I had put a note to that effect at the bottom of the poem. Oh well. Again thank you. Blesssings to you.
Date: 8/4/2020 1:51:00 PM
i once took a course about stress management and was taught that the two most useless emotions are worry and regret. totally true! your poem captures the regret part perfectly!
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Date: 8/5/2020 9:47:00 AM
Thank you ilene! I so agree with you. Have taught communication skills classes. Worry is a projection of what might happen in the future. I think your class was spot on! Hope you are well! All the best.