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spacer.gif   American Open Mike Volume 2: Paulette Stewart
Posted by : cj on Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 11:00 AM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** Paulette Stewart **


THE BRIDGE

A chasm gigantic lies between,
Disbelief, incomprehensible that an abyss exists,
We began enraptured, enthralled,
Adoring each other,
Now we live as strangers,
Fear, bewilderment, doubts,
Nimbus clouds floating in... our.... mind....'s....
Daunting, questions nag,
Will it last,
Can it work,
Or is this t... he end?
Different pl...aces, different people.
I reach my hand into nothingness it seems,
Once tangible now intangible reality,
Was any of what we shared real?
The feelings are surreal,
I want to scream,
At the fool caught in fantasy.
I search for invisible answers,
None come to mind.
Helpless, in agony,
Will this love I knew die?
A bridge unconditional love I see,
Fragile though it be,
Gingerly I step on it feeling, crawling,
Land I reach new,
Unexplored pastures wait,
I nibble, taste.
Unique individuals we remain,
Different paddocks we graze,
The fences once that stood now gone for good,
Unconditional love the....Bridge.


A HEADY WINE IS REGRET
(Dedicated to my mother)

Words of a fool she utters,
Shallowness grasped tangible.
Like a baby's hand grips tight.
The silent inner taboo broods, waits...
Eternity everyman dreads it's name,
Its face cold, dark, void, the unknown.
Her dream to travel,
An abandoned car left aside on the road of life,
Broken, rusted, decaying useless.
Ignoring the dream she continued the journey,
The stronger force of decorating the home,
Regrets' lament wore her inside and out.
She lies in bed, eyes like cherries glaced look back at me,
Skinny, emancipated, dying,
Rage a volcano red hot fills my stomach,
I want to rant, scream, shake the feeble body,
heaving for breath,
I watch helpless,
Sadness engulfs us both,
You for the dream wasted,
Me for the life you never tasted.
Folly!.... Foolish Woman,
The life you lived now is ending,
You lie in red velvet blood,
A heady wine is regret.




Paulette Stewart, 50, lives in the South Island of New Zealand. She is an Ordained Minister, Counselor, Artist and Writer. Paulette Stewart says: "I have been seriously writing for the last six years and am a staff writer for Poetstage.com. I would like to share my work with people to bring hope, insight and enjoyment."


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