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Cynthia Baldwin, USA



When it comes,
It isn't unexpected.
We are eclipsed for
A moment by the shadow
Of everything we tried
To push behind us -
A handful of uncertain
Moments like spare change
We can't afford to lose.
"I remember everything" -
Whispered like a
Secret in the dark.
And your words crash
Against my soul,
Scattering shards of
Bone dust on the
Parts of me only
Words can reach.
"If things were different" -
If... an unresolved chord
At the end of a hymn,
A dangling "A" with no "men".
But "if" doesn't preclude "when",
And there isn't a
Stairway to heaven.
Our prayers are
Melancholy and nostalgic,
Just a bite of frost
To make them stay -
A dramatic dive off of
Whatever ship this is
That is sinking beneath us -
Plunging into the deep.
And when words won't come,
The rest of you speaks.

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Cynthia BaldwinThank you.USA9/28/2011 11:05:15 PM
Eldy CatindoyBeautiful poem... (=Philippines9/19/2011 12:03:07 AM
Cynthia BaldwinThank you all so much for your kind words :) It is very much appreciated!!USA5/26/2011 6:05:02 PM
Seema Guptacongratulations.... regardsIndia5/2/2011 10:59:46 PM
Paul Rainwater jr.Hello Cynthia: I am so very happy for this poem to have received First in the March poetry contest! Congratulations and please keep your work coming to this site; I do so look forward to your postings. PaulUSA4/27/2011 6:29:52 PM
Thelma ZaracostasCongratulations Cynthia on your win for this great poem!Australia4/25/2011 8:05:07 AM
Myrna LambertCongratualtions. Wonderfully written. WELL DONE!USA4/21/2011 4:03:33 PM
Rajeev Nairand when words wont come the rest of you speaks...and thats what we remember most dont we... great poemIndia4/21/2011 7:46:51 AM
Hina FirdosePowerful poetry with deep thoughts and verses. Congrats on your win!!India4/19/2011 4:00:54 PM
Dwayne RankinCynthia, what a movie poem and deserved winner. I can't think of a single person that cannot relate to these words you have penned. Congratulations on this deserved win for the best poem of this month.. Very well written.USA4/18/2011 5:57:22 PM
Gail KayCongratulations Cynthia on your win with this awesome poem. I agree wholeheartedly with all the comments belowAustralia4/18/2011 4:43:16 PM
Irfan KhanCongratulations Cynthia for winning first place in the March 2011 poetry contest. Epic:) India4/18/2011 4:07:10 PM
Okolo Chinyereugocongrats cynthiaNigeria4/18/2011 3:57:53 PM
KalleCongratulations Cynthia. This is a fantastic poem well deserving of the first place. Congratulations and thanks for sharing with us:)Haas4/18/2011 3:50:47 PM
Marcia SchechingerCongratulations Cynthia for winning first place in the March 2011 poetry contest. A magnificently written free style verse with touching and emotional images to enhance the soulful feelings of love lost. Excellence displayed in every line, again congratulations Cynthia.USA4/18/2011 12:05:28 PM
Dowell ObaCongratulations, Cynthia! So so lovely, with its wonderful images communicating heavy challenges felt in a relationship!Nigeria4/18/2011 9:36:42 AM
Cynthia BaldwinThank you so much :)USA3/17/2011 11:47:38 AM
Lynne ColgraveFantastic poem Cynthia - a relationship struggling to keep afloat under the weight of a cargo of past mistakes. 'Scattering shards of bone dust on parts of me that only words can reach' - the agony is laid bare. Brilliant poem in my opinion.UK3/9/2011 5:38:19 AM


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