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  • Thank you so much for your kind words, Dianne.

  • Dear Elizabeth, thank you for your kind words. Oh my… to have these words coming from you, I feel honoured. It’s funny, despite having achieved 2 years of constantly writing poetry now, I’ve barely thought of publication. I’d love to be published, of course. I think it’s just I don’t know where to start, I guess? To be honest, I’ve wanted to…[Read more]

  • Hello Jane! Hahaha oh God, haha those words of yours about that farewell being erased are quite tempting to write about as well. Indeed, it’s a piece with some specific memories and moments I hadn’t visited for a while now. Thank you for your kind words, for your enthusiasm and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family as well, all…[Read more]

  • Hello Deryn! In the end, I think that’s what I was striving for, to make that loss as palpable as possible. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays.

  • Oh, Anthea… thank you so much for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Happy Holidays all the way from Mexico!

  • Thank you, Nissan. I’m moved and glad my piece resonated with you. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!

  • Indeed there is, Cathy. One that’s come back a few times for some other pieces, actually. Thanks for stopping by, Happy Holidays!

  • Thank you, Christian. Regarding that line, I had this image of the narrator being numbed by the passing of time just as time had frozen his marks on the lover’s skin. I could have probably tuned that a bit further. Thank you again for stopping by and Happy Holidays all the way from Mexico.

  • Thank you so much for your words, Nsbnina! Yes, there’s a story here. An autobiographical one. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Happy Holidays!

  • Oh my, Hanri… Thank you so much for your words. I’ll be honest, when I posted it I wasn’t sure how I felt about this piece. I think I unconsciously distanced myself from what I was writing and felt it was kind of cold. I’m glad that insecurity wasn’t projected onto it. I’m moved and humbled by the words that have been shared here. I think the…[Read more]

  • Thank you so much for your kind words, Peggy. I’m moved by the fact it moved you like this. Thank you, and Happy Holidays from Mexico.

  • Farewell by Charles Ryder

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    And if you showed up and asked me
    what happened with those small broken notes
    that we swapped between lessons
    with no one watching,
    too ours to understand
    that one day they would […]

    • Hi Charles, wow this one packs a punch. So many precious little memories captured here. I do hope that the farewell is erased and that they do get to spend forever together.
      Very beautiful, thanks for sharing:)
      Merry Christmas to you and your family as well:)

      • Hello Jane! Hahaha oh God, haha those words of yours about that farewell being erased are quite tempting to write about as well. Indeed, it’s a piece with some specific memories and moments I hadn’t visited for a while now. Thank you for your kind words, for your enthusiasm and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family as well, all the way from Mexico. May 2021 bring us more writing!

    • Hi Charles – this is very impactful – the sense of loss is achingly lovely.

      • Hello Deryn! In the end, I think that’s what I was striving for, to make that loss as palpable as possible. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays.

    • Dear Charles
      I love your work. I love your imagination! I love your use of words and how you juxtapose them to great effect. This is a sterling example of a profoundly lovely poem! Thanki-you.

    • Hi Charles
      This is a powerful piece full of meaning and emotion. Such a colorful imagery! I read it several times, and couldn’t tell which lines I liked more. I loved it all.
      Thank you for sharing such a beautiful piece.

    • There’s an entire history in that poem.

      • Indeed there is, Cathy. One that’s come back a few times for some other pieces, actually. Thanks for stopping by, Happy Holidays!

    • Hi Charles, That’s a very complex poem with some emotional images, full of yearning for lost love. I’m not sure I follow the lines ‘as it froze my footprints on the velvety / softness of your skin’ but otherwise it is a gorgeous poem.

      I hope you have a happy festive season and look forward to reading more of your work in 2021.

      • Thank you, Christian. Regarding that line, I had this image of the narrator being numbed by the passing of time just as time had frozen his marks on the lover’s skin. I could have probably tuned that a bit further. Thank you again for stopping by and Happy Holidays all the way from Mexico.

    • Oh my. This poem is exquisite, leaving me not knowing the real story – and not needing to- but feeling it truly and deeply. Thank you for this. 🙏🏼

    • I’m in tears. The loss, the yearning, the memories … the subtle way you tell about the emotional pain in the casual use of “burn” and “carve” and “froze”… how you start the poem and each stanza with “and”, suggesting that this is an ongoing thought pattern, that these feelings are never not there … and that you pool these feelings in your narrator – who was the one that chose to leave – showing the regret and the gratitude… I can go on and on, but bottom line, I’ve seen many good poems on this site, and many of them from you, but this is exquisite. The best ever.

      • Oh my, Hanri… Thank you so much for your words. I’ll be honest, when I posted it I wasn’t sure how I felt about this piece. I think I unconsciously distanced myself from what I was writing and felt it was kind of cold. I’m glad that insecurity wasn’t projected onto it. I’m moved and humbled by the words that have been shared here. I think the overall theme of the poem is just settling back inside my mind. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thank you again and Happy Holidays all the way from Mexico. Hugs!

    • Geez Louise. Does it get an better than this writing of yours. I’m speechless. And wowed. And holey moley get published already. This is exquisite. Perfect. Unbelievably amazing. One of the top poems I’ve ever read in this venue. Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful. I’m drawn in and pulverized by it all. Carried away. Silently crying. Undone. Beautiful. Wow.

      • Dear Elizabeth, thank you for your kind words. Oh my… to have these words coming from you, I feel honoured. It’s funny, despite having achieved 2 years of constantly writing poetry now, I’ve barely thought of publication. I’d love to be published, of course. I think it’s just I don’t know where to start, I guess? To be honest, I’ve wanted to share my poetry for some time now but I can’t seem to find a good way to do so, or one that convinces me at least. For example, I don’t know whether to submit somewhere or to self-publish it myself by creating a poetry profile or something. I guess is food for thought for these upcoming holidays. I will do something about it in 2021, that’s for sure. Thanks again for the motivation, for stopping by and for your kindness. Happy Holidays all the way from Mexico. Hugs!

    • This is breathtaking, heartbreaking, beautiful, and emotionally charged. This moves me to near tears, and I am floored by it. There are so many wonderful lines, but the one I love best is this:
      I’d put my thumbs inside your hands
      and I’d come undone for you.
      Thanks for sharing this intimate glimpse into your soul.

      • Thank you so much for your kind words, Peggy. I’m moved by the fact it moved you like this. Thank you, and Happy Holidays from Mexico.

    • This is an amazing piece of work. So powerful and impressive. Thanks for sharing it. <3

      • I loved the concrete details from the past… the notes… the seesaw… So many things we hold inside ourselves. Also, I don’t know if this is the case elsewhere in the world, but seesaws are no longer in all the parks. Too many children fell off them so they are now considered dangerous… which makes the memories all the more precious I think.

      • Thank you so much for your kind words, Dianne.

    • Wow, Charles. You’ve really scrunched up my emotions with this one. I’ve almost no words. This is definitely one of your best, although all your work is ‘one of your best’ in my humble opinion. I love this: ‘if you breathed me in, / you’d see my breath is a torment without you,’ I do hope to read more of your work in 2021. And, yes, publish! Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • Holy cow, Kim. I think this one might be your best political poem yet. Incisive, witty and spot-on in all of your observations, carefully transforming each news header into a section of your critique making them flow with grace and anger at the same time. The word-choice, outstanding. The cadence, even better. A truly marvellous piece. Congrats!

  • Hello Hanri! A lovely piece you share with us this time. I love how the poem has this… conversational quality where the narrating voice simply advises with tenderness, wisdom and sensitivity, it adds a personal touch that makes the content more intimate. I felt as if the words were being whispered to me. It’s both soothing and inspiring. I…[Read more]

  • I’m sensing this reflects some kind of reflections about what a commitment to a relationship entails. There is a dark overtone all around it that I find alluring and familiar even. An intriguing poem, Naina. Thanks for sharing!

  • Hahahaha, oh my God, Riana! This was such a funny and enjoyable take on the prompt. And quite a creative one as well, it’s brilliant how you applied the acrostic concept in each sentence to hide a message. A gem filled with lighthearted sass I think many of us will identify with. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Thank you for your words, Limor. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • Hello Jane! Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by! Best!

  • Hi, Anthea. Oh my… I’m glad you enjoyed this piece as well! Thank you for your kind words on my work.! I really appreciate them, and it’s both encouraging and humbling to read something one has written has such effect on a reader. Thank you indeed.

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