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Veronique

Pardon ma'am, but I noticed you've been staring at this painting for a while She is beautiful but has such a melancholy face, it's hard to look away Her name is Veronique and that's me behind her, the little canary She's been my sorrowful mistress now for almost two hundred years When the artist painted her she was wearing a subtle smile but then Gabriel told her he had to leave for a fortnight and promised to return He vowed to finish this canvas, painting her smile back on again but thousands of fortnights and volumes of her tears have come and gone no sign of Gabriel, so my Lady sits and stares wistfully, remembering him She touches the bow of her violin but hasn't played since the day he left I hear her weep late at night when she reads the poem he left for her The edges of the page are torn and tattered, tear stained parchment but Veronique reads it night after night then holds it against her heart He wrote in extravagant hand the words, now on yellowed page: Thou fill'st my heart with love More than any winged birds Could fill the heavens above Thou art the chalice of my soul The cup from which I drink My warmth when I grow cold Thou art nectar of my desire Thou art the spark of my fire Those are words any fair maiden would swoon to have written for her She still holds hope that her Gabriel will return but I worry about her She keeps repeating the words he wrote on the back of this painting: My Veronique ~ Goddess with cinnabar tresses in green velvet dresses I've told you her name and mine is Cyros. May I ask yours? A subtle smile crossed her lips, her skin pale and wrinkled with age This lovely woman with touches of cinnabar in her grayed tresses Stood with charm and grace. She curtsied in her green velvet dress In whispered voice said, "Cyros, I am Madame Veronique Rossetti" Painting: Veronica Veronese Artist: Dante Gabriel Rossetti ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6th of May, 2016 Within A Gilded Frame Contest Sponsored by: Broken Wings

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Date: 8/21/2016 10:38:00 AM
Lin, what does one say when one is confronted with poetic excellence. I think one could say, a belated congratulations on your win in the contest. This is such a wonderful read. One just swims through the words and wishes to become a part of the canvas itself. Your words sing so gently into the heart. You give life to your canvas and i wish to be within it. This has such truly beautiful content, even though there ends being such sadness. This is a seven and a fave. Hugs....Mike. XX
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Date: 5/14/2016 9:57:00 AM
Such imagination to express in such a unique way.........and stepping not only into the painting, but one of a vintage age. Well done, Lin !!
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Lin Lane
Date: 5/14/2016 11:20:00 AM
Thank you very much, Carrie. Your compliments are taken to heart.
Date: 5/13/2016 11:51:00 AM
Told Ya!!!
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Lin Lane
Date: 5/13/2016 3:28:00 PM
Yes sir, you did. You're my Number 1 fan. Thanks, Charlie.
Date: 5/13/2016 11:44:00 AM
Lovely poem, Lin! I enjoyed it very much!
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Lin Lane
Date: 5/13/2016 3:28:00 PM
Thanks, Susan.
Date: 5/13/2016 9:31:00 AM
This is a wonderful story and an excellent interpretation of the contest theme. Very well done Lin.
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Lin Lane
Date: 5/13/2016 3:27:00 PM
Thanks, James.
Date: 5/13/2016 7:57:00 AM
Lin, Congratulation on ur top win. Well penned.............//:) hugs
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Lin Lane
Date: 5/13/2016 3:27:00 PM
Thank you.
Date: 5/13/2016 1:36:00 AM
Congratulations Lyn
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Lin Lane
Date: 5/13/2016 3:27:00 PM
Thanks, Debra.
Date: 5/12/2016 11:16:00 PM
Lovely write, so sad. Congratulations on your win Hugs Eve
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Lin Lane
Date: 5/13/2016 3:27:00 PM
Thanks and hugs, Eve.
Date: 5/12/2016 10:40:00 PM
Love the ending...Congrats on a great win...
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Lin Lane
Date: 5/13/2016 3:26:00 PM
Thank you, Joseph.
Date: 5/12/2016 10:12:00 PM
Congratulations Lin! Beautifully written....
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Lin Lane
Date: 5/13/2016 3:20:00 PM
Thanks a lot.
Date: 5/6/2016 2:59:00 PM
Hi Lin, excellent, your words take one into the heart of the painting giving it emotion and life. I do Love to follow each journey in your poetic dreams. This one is special, it really should do well in the contest. I Love it, i hope it shall place high for you Lin. Your words sing, This has to be a seven and it is a fave. A highly enjoyable read. Hugs....Mike. XX
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Lin Lane
Date: 5/6/2016 4:25:00 PM
Hi Mike and thank you for your awesome review of my poem. I thought it was finished twice but knew something was missing until I changed the ending. I'm happy that you gave it such generous comments.
Date: 5/6/2016 11:27:00 AM
Lin, this is a truly wonderful narrative. One of your better writes, in my humble opinion. Winner!!!
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Lin Lane
Date: 5/9/2016 7:18:00 PM
Sorry I overlooked this comment, Charlie. Your opinion matters to me and thanks for liking this write so well. ;)
Date: 5/6/2016 9:44:00 AM
this is brilliant we have a winner a story and a poem in one congrats stephen
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Lin Lane
Date: 5/6/2016 10:37:00 AM
Thanks, Stephen. I'm really glad you like it. ;)