"One Last Moment - A Sestina Poem"

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"One Last Moment"

I've watched you from a distance.
How I have thought of this moment,
when your lips are against mine, in a loving embrace,
your hands touch my skin,
and I breathe you in, your essence.
But the pain when you're gone is too much to bear.

I said its too much to bear,
to watch you go, so far a distance.
You leave me breathless without your essence,
and I'm clouded with every memory, every moment,
lost in despair as your touch breaks away from my skin.
I have lost your embrace.

It was always that feeling, that embrace,
that made life easy to bear.
Without it I am just an empty shell of skin,
following a path of least resistance, far into the distance,
of a lost dream, faded memory, forgotten moment.
I can no longer feel your essence...

Which is everything to me, your essence,
so bittersweet, your embrace.
It pains me to know that this will end, this moment.
Perhaps, never to be again, I can't bear,
it will kill me, this distance,
between us, our hearts, our minds, our skin...

How I will miss the taste of your skin.
It is your very essence,
as I watch you leave and walk into the distance.
I have encountered our last embrace.
The tears pour out, my eyes can no longer bear.
This is our last time, our last moment.

And I will always remember this moment.
I will always remember the taste, the touch, the smell of your skin.
The memory will be too much to bear,
as you fade, it remains, an essence.
In my dreams I will find your loving embrace,
and once again watch and wait from a distance.

It was in this one last moment, dreams became distance.
The feel of your skin un-real, I can't feel your embrace.
Dreams too hard to bear, I've lost your essence.

© Copyright NMJ 2012

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Nikki, you've surpassed yourself with this wonderful Sestina. It sticks to the structure, stuns us with the echo of distress while seducing us with the wonderful poetic words.

The final envoi, the tornada, says it all:

It was in this one last moment, dreams became distance.

The feel of your skin un-real, I can't feel your embrace.

Dreams too hard to bear, I've lost your essence.

Now what shall we do next? a sonnet? a Trimeric? a rondeau? or a Limerick;-) voted up/beautiful!

I'm going to add a link back in my hub- thanks so much for putting me up here.


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Nikkij504gurl 4 years ago from Louisiana Author

Awesome! It was tougher I have to admit. But i really enjoyed putting it together. I'm so glad I did it right and that you like it. :) I have written a sonnet and limerick before.. but i do not know what a Trimeric or rondeau is. Have you tried a rictameter poem? I have a poem in my hubs on rictameter poems that are pretty neat.


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blaise25 4 years ago from close to you...

Loved the voice of it, so crisp in the tongue. Oh you are magnificent!


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Nikkij504gurl 4 years ago from Louisiana Author

Thanks girlie! You rock!


NikiiLeeReyes 4 years ago

You never fail me;

how you move me with your words...

-Nika


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Nikkij504gurl 4 years ago from Louisiana Author

awesome! I dont like failing :) very pretty default pic too btw.


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echoe0021 4 years ago from Conway, AR

It's nice to see a sestina published on here. That alone makes this worth reading and deserves accolades. Very nice.


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Nikkij504gurl 4 years ago from Louisiana Author

Why thank you, echoe. Its nice to see more people being familiar with Sestinas and different kinds of poetry. Thanks for stopping by.


NikiiLeeReyes 4 years ago

thanx Nikki :)

Had to come back and read one of your great ones ^_^

voted up up up!


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Nikkij504gurl 4 years ago from Louisiana Author

Thank you!


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Astra Nomik 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Wow, Nikki this is so beautiful. You eally pushed the boat out here. So beautiful and meaningful and eloquently put in words...

Your poetry is always amazing. You have a wonderful imagination and when you write like this, anything becomes possible. Good things are meant to happen for someone as talented as you, Nikki. Have a sweet day.


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Nikkij504gurl 4 years ago from Louisiana Author

Thanks Cathy! Your comments are always so sweet and supportive. I'm glad you think so highly of me. You are beautiful and awesome. :)


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Astra Nomik 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Oh wow... you get real hugs for that, Nikki. :)

You must have been brilliant in school in creative writing. You would have been Ace in our English class. Heh. :)


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Nikkij504gurl 4 years ago from Louisiana Author

yea english was my best subject :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Nikki, I hadn't been by in awhile, so wanted to come by and say hello. beautiful sestina!


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Nikkij504gurl 4 years ago from Louisiana Author

I have not been by in awhile either my man. lol thanks for the comment though :) hope all is well with you.


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Senoritaa 3 years ago

Breathtaking Nikki. Must try out this form. Thanks.


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Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana Author

give it a go. its pretty neat to try out different poetry styles.


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damian0000 3 years ago from Belfast

I've been away from this site for a while and I see that I have missed a lot... Beautiful sestina Nikki, really powerful stuff --- it resonates and seems to vibrate with a life of it's own... very powerful stuff!

I particularly love the imagery about the empty shell of skin... following a path of least resistance, far into the distance --- that is some really top-notch writing... Visceral, evocative, poignant and moving.

Brilliant piece Nikki, you have excelled yourself! :-)


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Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana Author

damn, damianoooo you have excelled yourself with that comment. Thanks for the great words and support, you really boosted my ego. :)


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cre8ivOne 3 years ago from Midwest, USA

Great job, I have not tried one of these poems, but I must, although I don't know if I could do this as well as you have done!


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Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana Author

try it and youll be surprised :)

thanks for stopping by!


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ahorseback 3 years ago

Nikki , That is awesomely beautiful ! I wish she loved me like that !....Thank you for sharing yourself !++++


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Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana Author

Thank you, Sir!


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sligobay 3 years ago from east of the equator

Nikki, you seem to rise to the challenge of every form without losing faith with your theme and flow. This is an excellent Sestina and you would never know that you don't have experience with the form. Great write.


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Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana Author

Well, thank you Sligobay. :) That means a lot.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Wow Nikki! Beautifully done and I think that form is difficult!


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Nikkij504gurl 2 years ago from Louisiana Author

It was a little tricky! Thanks!

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