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There’s an empty space at the table I have a ready meal for one It’s the first year without you I can’t prepare a meal Now I’m on my own I’m grief stricken Sweet angel I miss You. This Christmas I’m alone. My family Live so far away They sent me some presents But they remain un-opened There’s bound to be white handkerchiefs … They’ll be useful to mop up my tears. Checked with how many syllables - 45 per stanza It’s Christmas Time Again Contest Sponsored by Broken Wings 11-28-17

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Date: 12/20/2017 10:45:00 AM
so sadly beautiful sweet Jan, congrats! :)-luloo
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Date: 12/20/2017 1:42:00 AM
Congrats Jan on your win with such touching poem.
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Date: 12/19/2017 12:15:00 PM
Jan, congratulations on your win in my contest with this touching write, yes that empty place at the Christmas table is like a knife in the heart.
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Date: 12/19/2017 4:49:00 PM
Thanks so much Constance I loved the challenge:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 12/19/2017 8:59:00 AM
Once again I read your lovely write! So glad you won! A fave, a gem! Merry Christmas, Jan!
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Date: 12/19/2017 9:20:00 AM
Thanks Kim:-) Hugs Jan xx
Date: 12/19/2017 7:44:00 AM
A great write Jan, full of emotion.
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Date: 12/19/2017 7:56:00 AM
Thanks so much James:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 12/19/2017 3:34:00 AM
Very sad. Sad done well, it worked - I was brought straight down! I am thankful for the day you embraced writing, Jan - your light at Soup has much meaning for so many, and writes like these continue to amaze/delight me. Thinking of you. Love ... CayCay
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Date: 12/19/2017 4:19:00 AM
I love writing with humour but do surprise with the occasional more meaningful poem. I can't believe how I have embraced writing over the last 4 years!:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 12/4/2017 8:45:00 AM
Well, this is really sad and touching, Jan, sure to place high.:) I can't seem to write much recently..
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Date: 12/4/2017 11:41:00 AM
My muse is on holiday too Jo, and i have so much going on in life at the moment which is keeping me away from soup... I never force writing I just wait for the inspiration to come back:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 12/3/2017 4:35:00 PM
beautifully said. It brings back the pains of losing my loved ones. but brings back memories at the same time nice poem
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Date: 12/3/2017 4:43:00 PM
Thanks Bonnie:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 11/29/2017 5:00:00 AM
Lovely poem Jan, there is so much grief and loneliness throughout. The poem is so beautiful. Stay strong, it's a difficult time of the year xx
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Date: 12/3/2017 4:42:00 PM
I have been to more funerals this year than ever before, i feel for my friends who have lost their loved ones:-( hugs jan xx
Date: 11/28/2017 10:03:00 PM
Awesome poem. The word 'mop' in the last line, surprises yet is SO perfect ... it's unpretentious, it's something a woman normally does alone quietly humbly without fanfare. Extremely touching poem, Jan.
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Date: 11/29/2017 12:53:00 AM
Thanks line:-) I do appreciate your comment:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 11/28/2017 9:28:00 PM
Stunning , Jan, no luck for you it is a winner already Hugs
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Date: 11/29/2017 12:52:00 AM
Thanks Eve, I don't worry about contest 'wins' any more as long as I write and get a few reads and comments I am happy:-) hugs to you and Sonny:-) hugs Jan x
Date: 11/28/2017 7:56:00 PM
Sad but so on point and universal for all whom experience the holidays without our loved ones... thank you for posting! Donna Maria:-)
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Date: 11/29/2017 12:50:00 AM
Thanks so much Donna, I am sure there are many that can relate to the poem in some way:-( hugs jan xx
Date: 11/28/2017 7:26:00 PM
Jan, such a deeply sad and heartfelt write expressing the profound grief experienced by those left behind in the first year of 'firsts' without you'.. Beautifully expressed in poignant melancholy, your poem touched my heart and soul.. Good luck in the contest!
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Date: 11/29/2017 12:51:00 AM
Thanks Susan:-) I know many find Christmas such a difficult time:-( hugs jan xx
Date: 11/28/2017 7:01:00 PM
Jan: One more time you prove your wide range of writing talents. I could never do that. I'm strictly a "rhyme line 2, skip a line, rhyme line 4 kind of old rhymester. Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us on the soup. Keep them coming. Good luck on the contest. oldbuck
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Date: 11/28/2017 7:06:00 PM
I have always loved writing in rhyme that's probably why I love writing limericks so much, but the contests have made me challenge myself to try different forms and I learn something new every day. Its amazing that as a result of my hubbies cancer surgery i have a hobby I love:-) I have never been creative so it is a little bit of a shock how I have embraced writing:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 11/28/2017 5:06:00 PM
In the end, there is nothing as a family. You touched on that very well, Jan!
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Date: 11/28/2017 5:13:00 PM
I've been to so many funerals this year Ralph ...we have one on Thursday and another that hasn't yet been arranged, there are so many who are sad and lonely this year:-( hugs Jan xx
Date: 11/28/2017 4:12:00 PM
People who live alone, become more aware of their loneliness at Christmas. Christmas commercials on TV serve constant reminders that Christmas is for happy families. Loved your special poem, good luck in the contest, regards as always, Kevin xx
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Date: 11/28/2017 4:25:00 PM
Thanks Kevin, yes the commercials always show happy families, maybe they should focus on the lonely side of Christmas too:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 11/28/2017 3:04:00 PM
A great ending. The handkerchiefs and all! GL in contest!
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Date: 11/28/2017 4:23:00 PM
Thanks Kim, it seems many father's get given handkerchiefs at Christmas I know when i was small I used to get them for my dad.-( hugs jan xx
Date: 11/28/2017 1:59:00 PM
- A sad poem with a great shape ...I do not look forward to Christmas ... there will be many chairs available this year - Luck in the contest, Jan - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 11/28/2017 4:22:00 PM
It is not a happy time for many Anne-Lise - your first as a married lady so it will be very special!!!:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 11/28/2017 1:56:00 PM
Your sad poem reminds me of those who have a difficult time getting through the holidays Jan. A well written Etheree! : )
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Date: 11/28/2017 4:21:00 PM
Thanks Connie - the soup form said it was an nonet, the etheree has an extra line, maybe because I centered it makes it look like that form:-) hugs jan xx
Date: 11/28/2017 1:24:00 PM
Lovely but so sad. Time waits for none of us. This time of year is so difficult to be alone. Peace be with you Jan...
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Date: 11/28/2017 1:25:00 PM
It is a sad time for many Charlie:-( hugs jan xx
Date: 11/28/2017 12:54:00 PM
Even sad is a beautiful poem, like the form!
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Date: 11/28/2017 1:01:00 PM
Thanks Arthur I like to center the form as it looks like an hourglass ... sadly the sands of time are running out:-( I wrote the poem several days ago but try to only post one poem a day as long as a contest isn't filling too quickly:-)hugs Jan x
Date: 11/28/2017 11:11:00 AM
Such a sad poem Jan. Melancholoy and sadness is a theme for so many around the holidays. Good luck in the contest! ~Judy
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Date: 11/28/2017 11:25:00 AM
Sadly it is not a happy time for many:-( hugs jan xx
Date: 11/28/2017 10:52:00 AM
You made me smile, "There’s bound to be white handkerchiefs …" All the best to you Jan...
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Date: 11/28/2017 10:57:00 AM
I couldn't resist that line Arturo as it seems to be a traditional gift to get 'dad' !:-( I have been to so many funerals this year .. another one on Thursday and one that has not yet been organised yet. It's a vry difficult time for many:-( hugs jan xx