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I Watched Him Fade - A Poem

Updated on June 13, 2012
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I watched him fade into the night

As I took my first steps death crept beside me

I ran to kiss him in the moonlight

Not knowing he had already been stolen from me

I watched him fade into the night

My unformed mind did not understand

But my ageless soul felt death's hand

And his breath upon my back

One heart stopped, another split in two

I clung to the only rock I had until we became an island

Shell shocked I wandered through a foreign land

I painted dreams in my head

Packed my gaping heart with ice

And writhed in agony while the world watched, bewildered

Death got more than he had hoped

One murdered, one day

Another, murdered every day since

The tiniest patch sewn into my heart

Blood begins to drizzle through arteries and veins

Slightly tender spots reveal themselves

This gaping hole will not heal

I can only work my way around it

It is who I am

But it is not all that I am

© 2012 Crystal Tatum

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you Anna.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Your poem was potent and sad, but at the end acceptance and then hope shone through. Darkly beautiful.

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      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks so much for stopping by, reading and commenting Ken S. Harris. You've got a short story I'm planning to read soon when I get a longer stretch of free time. I've read the first few graphs, and I'm hooked, so can't wait to see how it turns out. You're a great writer.

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      Ken S Harris 5 years ago from Richmond, KY

      Powerful poetry! Thank you for sharing. You were able to include rhyme without sounding sing-songy. Keep up the good work!

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      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading Thelma!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Beautiful! Very well written. Thanks for sharing.

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      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Aaron-Clark. Sweet shell with a dark center -that's me!

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      Aaron-Clark 5 years ago from Northampton, Massachusetts

      Crystal, I like the dark tone that this takes. It's grotesque in a way as it has a sweet tone but also a very dark tone in spots all at the same time. I hope to read more fiction from you, too! Voted up interesting...

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      marvelous writing here my modern wonder of the world that you are Miss Crystal and I'm not a big fan of poe-tree either but this is superlative and it takes me away into the cinema of my mind - lake erie time ontario canada 10:11pm

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      "another split into" or did you mean to write "another split in two"? Good poem about heartbreak, and the enduring agony some sufferers feel long afterwards. Up, Beautiful

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      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Doc Sonic. I was a bit hesitant to publish this, but I'm glad I did. It's a poem that means a lot to me.

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      Glen Nunes 5 years ago from Cape Cod, Massachusetts

      I don't often read poetry hubs, but your other writing is so good that I thought I'd give your poetry a try. It's beautiful, don't be afraid to publish more.

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      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you Vinaya. I've never published poetry before, so it's a bit nerve-wracking to expose my creative writing in this way, but I have been so grateful and encouraged by the kind comments.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      profound and deep.

      I loved your choice of expressions.

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      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much secondimage!

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      secondimage 5 years ago from From a place lost in time and space

      Beautifully written, really lovely! Glad to have found you here and look forward to reading more from you, voted up and beautiful :)

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      A person who loses a loved one to death in a war must feel like you have expressed. Beautifully expressed.

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      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      Wow, Chris Hugh, I definitely take your vote as a high compliment then!

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      Chris Hugh 5 years ago

      I like this and I usually can't stand poetry. Thank you. Voted up, of course.

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      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you for reading and commenting Vidya Mallar. That's lovely, what you said, about how we don't know how dissociated we are until we begin to come alive.

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      Vidya Mallar 5 years ago from India

      Marvelous, Nice poem. Death brings about some hollowness in us, we come to know of only when it has come and gone... Voted up..

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      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you Billy, as always, for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautifully written my dear. Raw emotions, darkness and hope...great piece of writing!