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Updated on February 22, 2017


by Laura Summerville Reed

Keep that cinnamon fresh smile

Barely whispering light bulb fragile phrases

Hide them away beneath your tender flesh

Gnaw out the broken bits

In darkened, dusty rooms

Chew them powder fine

Grind it deep into open wounds

Scar over

Test the thin shell against a candle brilliant smile

Bury it behind this broken sternum

Claw it out again with a certain shade of blue

While dear moon counts her change

Find its pulse

Blood to feed these fledgling wings

You need tender quills to pen upon

©LSR 2010


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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Charlie, how is it that I missed your comment so many weeks ago? You know I always love when you've been to visit, thank you, my dear man, and I apologize for the delay, lol.

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      MFB III - Thank you , my dear friend. I am truly glad that my writing is enjoyed and even comprehended, dare I say. It is a necessary thing that we do, don't you think; our writing? Whether, like an oyster producing a beautiful pearl to protect itself against the grit or a reptile spitting out the ugly bones of its own nourishment; it must be done.

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      MFB III 7 years ago from United States

      We do have to suffer to write, and take long looks at the ugliness of life, so that the beauty becomes much more poignant. Even a comedian cannot humour an audience as well until he/she has lived through babies, divorce, and all of the problems of life that grant material to poke fun at. So too does the poet, and each day brings fresh muses whether sad or joyous to file away in our hearts and O-pen later with a pen that makes others go "Oh!!" Superb write here~~MFB III

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      perfect with the picture. thanks for sharing this. CC

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Thank you

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      thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

      powerful powerful hub thanks

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      Moulik Mistry 7 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

      Deep and poignant, loved it very much...