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red rooftops appear to glow in rainy-day haze lost in memories of pre-war bliss she looks up to watch them bleed pain is its own reward sometimes better than the numbness she so desperately seeks to leave behind tiny poodle escorts her on La Rue de la Paix peace has come to Paris at last but in her heart, agony lingers she heard the Fuhrer took his own life cyanide and a bullet, too merciful for a demon how her sweet Emil must have suffered in the death camp his last gift to her, a red umbrella to offer shelter at a time when he so direly needed protection from horrific torture, starvation, gas chambers footsteps behind her; she pivots, her poodle barks what’s this? is rain playing tricks on her eyes? he presses his lips on hers and she knows yes, yes, these are Emil’s lips still clad in a prisoner’s striped uniform, he holds her she feels his ribs as they embrace autumn rain soaks the fashion district near their home while a violinist in a nearby café plays Chant des Partisans overwhelmed, she wonders, is this a dream or is he home to stay? *Written November 1, 2018 N/A in The Red Umbrella Contest Contest judged that 11/13/2018

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Date: 2/17/2019 7:24:00 PM
Oh This is a knockout piece! I cannot explain why it touches me so deeply, probably because of losing my own dear wife. May every grace be unto each sweet soul, who has so suffered. A FAV for me!
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Date: 2/13/2019 9:32:00 PM
You lead with your heart Carolyn with this one. Nothing better to do in life or poetry. This piece is its own reward. I will read it again.
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Date: 2/13/2019 2:12:00 AM
Congratulations Carolyn, my red brolly made it too. Tom
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Date: 12/8/2018 11:12:00 AM
Carolyn, this is so beautifully penned and so emotional, it is a WINNER to me and a FAV ~
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Date: 12/3/2018 12:30:00 PM
such a emotional piece Carolyn, you researched this so well and I'm sad it wasn't on the winners list - adding this gem to my faves:-) hugs Jan xx
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 12/3/2018 1:21:00 PM
Reading up on the war was interesting, Jan. Thanks for your kind words. We get disappointments and we move on...
Date: 11/30/2018 3:49:00 PM
Standout piece that showcases your abilities to full advantage. This poem could belong in a sense in any century and recognised masters of the art would be happy to have penned it. It is poems like this that keeps hearts beating and the will to live strong. Regards David in NZ
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 11/30/2018 11:14:00 PM
Thank you so much, David. It is one of very few poems I deemed acceptable for my next book, so you comments meant a great deal to me. I found your poem on taxes to be quite memorable. I've been thinking about it hours after having read it. Good job!
Date: 11/27/2018 3:12:00 PM
Beautiful and touching...exotic and about something that pulls the heartstrings. I am so glad to have found you!
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Date: 11/27/2018 3:19:00 PM
I'm glad to have found you too, Sherry. Very much enjoyed your poetry today!
Date: 11/18/2018 1:21:00 PM
A most beautiful and touching poem, Carolyn. This will undoubtedly bring tears to the eyes of those who are somehow connected to those who suffered the horrors of war. ~ Hugs // paul
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 12/3/2018 1:22:00 PM
Thanks for reading, Paul. Though this war was before our time, it is one by which we measure others.
Date: 11/10/2018 1:20:00 PM
This went straight to my heart. Such a moving, emotional poem. A horrific time, but love can endure...anything Beautiful!
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 11/17/2018 7:12:00 PM
Thank you, Sandra. Love seems to be the most powerful force in the world.
Date: 11/10/2018 5:53:00 AM
well done :)
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Date: 11/9/2018 9:16:00 AM
Hi Caroline this is such a wonderful, moving poem, seems like a winner to me. This one was written from the heart. I wish you well with this excellent write. You play the emotions so well. piece touches the heart deeply. A fave. Have a wonderful Friday. Hugs....Mike. XX
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Date: 11/9/2018 11:19:00 AM
Thank you for your kind comments, Vladislav. I have enjoyed reading your work too.
Date: 11/7/2018 8:20:00 PM
I have tears. This is so beautifully written. You've woven this story so deftly and realistically in this well-done writing. A wonderful story set in the most horror-filled era. A reminder that we must not forget for history forgotten is doomed to be repeated. Best wishes. Deb
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 11/9/2018 11:22:00 AM
It really was the "most horror-filled era" as you described, Deb. We are having so much turmoil in the U.S. today that I wonder where we're headed. Couldn't stop crying last night when CNN did a feature on each of the 12 victims in the California bar shooting. These were young people with so much to live for. Very sad. Thanks for reading, Deb
Date: 11/6/2018 4:35:00 PM
So poignant, esp. for someone like me, who lost family members, not to mention 6,000,000 co-religionists, to the horrors of the Third Reich. What can I say? What can anyone say? Stories and poems, like yours, are how we somehow come to grip with the nightmare. Reasons elude us. Best wishes, Gershon
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Date: 11/7/2018 5:44:00 AM
Gershon, I'm so sorry to hear you lost family and other members of your religions during the war. I'm Catholic and also had relatives persecuted, though I'm not old enough to have met them. When I see bigotry and hate growing in my country now, I always think about the way our president openly attacks minorities and sides with hate groups that persecute them. Pitiful. Thanks for reading.
Date: 11/6/2018 4:01:00 PM
Poetry, one can truly place oneself in. although in many different ways, to many different folk, this is so deep so real, so you, Carolyn Devonshire. An amazing sensation reading this, in fact hauntingly so.
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 11/7/2018 5:45:00 AM
I'm so glad you like it, Harry, and appreciate your kind comments.
Date: 11/5/2018 11:27:00 AM
Reads like a good contender. Thanks f or dropping by..Sara
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Date: 11/5/2018 6:58:00 AM
WHEW!!!! Lest we forget all those who sacrificed so much.
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Date: 11/5/2018 3:39:00 AM
You captured the scene of that time...and concerns that troubled the people...as if you were there...Very nice...All the best Carolyn
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Date: 11/5/2018 10:54:00 AM
Thank you, Arturo. Wishing you big success with your amazing new recording!
Date: 11/4/2018 8:45:00 PM
My dear friend, Carolyn. This is such a wonderful poem that truly enchanted me. You too have painted a beautiful picture of love & hope with a sort of fairy tale ending to warmth our hearts. Truly enjoyed your magnificent poem. A winner either way...Best wishes in the contest. Love & hugs ~Charlie
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 11/5/2018 10:55:00 AM
I guesw the reader may not know whether or not it was a dream. Thanks for your comments, Charles
Date: 11/4/2018 12:07:00 PM
- You've really described this picture amazing, Carolyn - I love this story ... I will congratulate you already ... this is the winning poem .... true my words :) - Regards with love // Anne-Lise :)
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 11/4/2018 12:29:00 PM
You're so sweet, Sunshine. I really enjoyed your entry! Eve will have fun reading the many beautiful love stories composed for her contest.
Date: 11/4/2018 11:26:00 AM
I always enjoy a good story with a happy ending, Carolyn, nicely written. Best of luck in the contest. John
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 11/4/2018 12:28:00 PM
Thanks, John.
Date: 11/3/2018 9:24:00 PM
In response to below, I had a very good day, Carolyn. Saw Goosebumps with my grandson (not my kind of movie but it was mildly entertaining) We all ate out together later, my daughter and her kids and the grandpa Gordon!
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Date: 11/3/2018 10:10:00 AM
Hi Carolyn An absolutely awesome write of a war torn Europe where romance still lingered. Enjoyed enormously xoxo, Jennifer
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 11/3/2018 4:46:00 PM
Thanks, Jennifer. I'll check your page --
Date: 11/3/2018 8:28:00 AM
Amazing how you advanced the context theme into a wonderful story of love, apt for the period. Expertly written..a sure win, Carolyn.
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Date: 11/2/2018 8:36:00 PM
wowow, Carolyn you were so greatly inspired by the theme. Your entry is very creative and original. i love how you made it a happy ending . If this does not garner a top place I will be really surprised.
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 11/17/2018 7:01:00 PM
Congratulations on YOUR top win, Andrea!!
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 11/2/2018 10:39:00 PM
The street in the photo looked like one that might be found in Paris. La Rue de la Paix is the heart of the Paris fashion district and the woman in the image appeared to be stylishly dressed. That's what took me to this approach. Thanks for your comments, Andrea. Hope you have a great weekend!
Date: 11/2/2018 7:53:00 PM
Ah, so well written Carolyn. Its sure to be a winner . Thanks for sharing it, drum roll please !
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 11/17/2018 6:25:00 PM
Didn't make Eve's winners' list, but was still fun to write.
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 11/2/2018 7:55:00 PM
Thanks for reading, PD. I'll visit your page.
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