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. . .One evening near dusk

Updated on October 13, 2011

(WRITER’S NOTE: This is an offering from my secret stash of abstract/prose poetry that I have never been able to publish. Now I feel it is time. Make of this journey of metaphorical symbols what you like. I give these words of the heart to you, the poets, singers, musicians and silent people with special gifts that are overlooked. And sadly, ignored. With respect, Kenneth Avery).


Walking, struggle-talking to the death-like cloak, I saw . . .

Beyond, beneath, bloody visions lost.

Her flames for eyes, not sighing a sound . . .

I bowed, silently struck.


Darkness smiled, doves last song I sensed . . .

Slipping to a vanishing flicker,

She stood.

Frozen, when sunrise mocking her fell.


No shoes. No sonnets. No tongue . . .

A door she became.

No name. No touch. A grain of heartless sand.

No will. No fire. The wings I held.


As slowly-crafted shadows moaned . . .

My feet. Her feet. No bindings between.

Silk for kiss. Master’s miss

Absorbing Reaper’s edge.


A memory. A time. A moment to sign.

Eagle’s memory I see.

Lightning, her crown,

Laughter, her gown,


A mist. A deafening heart.

Reaching. Blinded to seeing . . .

A time she was.

I am no more.


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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Sweet TatooKitty, It is "I" who bows at your tone that sends shockwaves over this old body. Im not used to such kindness. Honest. I dont see myself as anything but an empty vessel...until "this" that lives in me spurns me and begs to be written. DONT LAUGH. I know what I know. Anyway. I love your comment. And I am so glad that YOU came into my world. NO wonder that it's brighter.

      Love and Hugs, KENNETH

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      My dearest Kenneth,

      You surely have a way with smooth syllables! The silky words, punctuation and pace give your poems a lingering quality ;) I'm still reeling from...

      "No shoes. No sonnets. No tongue . . .

      A door she became.

      No name. No touch. A grain of heartless sand.

      No will. No fire. The wings I held."

      I bow to you, Mr. Bard...just fabulous ;)

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      First time in 8 months on Hubs that I have EVER been choked up. Wow, vanilla...what a sweet comment. And compliment. I can say the SAME about YOUR work, vanilla. But YOURE BETTER! I love your line above, 'something mundane and useful becoming infinite and necessary,' girl, this IS talent in action...YOU! Wait 'til, and IM NOT boasting...I will NOT do that...you read the abstract/prose work that I worked on some this evening...in secret, "On The Shady Back Porch of Hell,"...a definite departure from everything we thougth was REAL. Nuff said. Teased enough.

      Thanks again, Vanilla...Love it.

      Kenneth

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      Angela Hart 5 years ago

      There is nothing I admire more then the use of words to create art. Something mundane and useful becoming infinite and necessary. Damn Kenneth you are good!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear iva....

      THANK YOU SO MUCH! I am so GLAD that you loved this. Honestly, a tough one to write. Very tough.

      Thanks again, so very much!

      Kenneth

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      iva dragostinova 5 years ago from Brighton, UK

      Beautifully captures a feeling of overwhelming nothingness, like an endless moment. I love it!

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, frogyfish . . .THANK YOU SO MUCH for this comment. And YOU are welcome. It is I who is thankful that you read this hub. That makes me very happy. Take care. KENNETH

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      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      In sunset, on sand, in memory, elusive. You gave a lot of thoughtful pictures from your words...Thanks for sharing your scene!

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi,Cloverleaf! Long time since we 'commented'! THANKS FOR THE SWEET COMMENT that I know is from your heart, for I sense that you are a sensitive, caring girl. I just hope that I live in a way to be worthy of all the nice things that you say and have said. May YOU have the BEST day of YOUR life today! Sincerely, Kenneth

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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Very vivid and heartfelt words, beautifully described! Voted up, my friend.

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Rosemay, I will do just that. Starting Monday. I have been gone all day from my office at home where I do my hubs in a little "person cave," not man cave...that might be politically-incorrect, but thank you so much for telling me how to get to your poems. I wont abuse the priviledge. You are my Hub Friend. And I admire your talent. Someone told me to write about just how frustrating a time I have had last week with THE #1 SOCIAL NETWORK, cannot call names, wow, my FACE looks like a BOOK, anyway, that is what I may do. You carry on and I know that you will succeed. Kenneth

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      Rosemary Sadler 6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Its out of my hands Kenneth, its a problem with hunpages

      But all you have to do is click on somebody's name and it takes you to their profile and you will see all of their hubs.

      You won't want to read my latest one though. We had a challenge for writing about broken hearts and cheating partners. Lol

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      No, but I would love to receive notifications of when you publish a poem. You see the kind of poetry that has me spellbound. I cannnot figure out why, but this type of poetry just feels right to me. See what you can do about sending me notifications. Thanks, Rosemay! Kenneth

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      Rosemary Sadler 6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Kenneth I have been very busy in hub city. there have been a couple of challenges for poetry recently and a group of us are taking part and having some fun into the bargain.

      You probably don't receive notifications when I publish something. There are a few hubbers I miss because of that too.

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Greetings to you, Rosemay50, your comment was very SWEET and APPRECIATED! I sensed that you had been very busy for I had not seen anything of you in the hub city. Thank you for this, and ALL of your comments that make me feel better about myself and they will not be taken for granted. Sincerely, Kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello Maggie-May and a SINCERE, HEARTFELT THANKS TO YOU also for this comment. I am again, without proper words to express my proper thanks to you. I sincerely appreciate YOU, Maggie-May, and the way you express your feelings. I will catch up to you later. Sincerely, Kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, lyndapringle, THANK YOU SINCERELY for your very-keen powers of perception. Yes, you ARE right on the one thing. It was about the peace and silence that is just before death, but I will reserve the deeper and second meaning for later. And lynda, THANKS so much for taking time to comment. Your comments and all of the comments from more-talented hubbers than I, give me the boost of confidence I need to keep on going. Bless you so much. Kenneth

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      Rosemary Sadler 6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Yes I've been busy writing Kenneth. I have done so many things since your last visit. I am also writing articles for another blogger. But nice to pop in and see what you're up to.

      Take care

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      Nadine M AuCoin 6 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

      Oh, Kenneth you are extremely well versed, extremely good!!! All my senses piqued!!

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      Lynda Pringle 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I think I'm interpreting this poem differently than the others but it is still early in the morning and I am still sleepy but it seems as you are speaking as to the approaching of death. Either way the poem is beautiful and I enjoyed reading it. The "slowly crafted shadows" and the darkness of the poem leads me toward the metaphor of approaching death and, if so, your metaphors are beautiful.

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Sueswan, You are so SWEET to say that. Thank you from the heart. You are so sensitive and perceptive. I am glad to have you for a friend. Honest. I always feel better when you comment on my offerings. Sincerely, Kenneth

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Kenneth, this is beautiful and heartwrenching.

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Greetings, cjv123, I am humbled to the soul by your comment. What I thought were mere words were perceived another way to you and the other hubbers on this comment tree. I wish I had your perceptive senses. And writing abilities. I do mean that sincerly. Bless you. Your friend for life, Kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Rosemay50, where have you been? I know. Writing. Nose to the grindstone, hands on the keyboard. Sincerely, THANK YOU SO MUCH for the compliment. I am not worthy of such kindness and I pray that I can be as kind and caring of a person as you are. Thanks again and bless you. Kenneth

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      Carol 6 years ago from Michigan

      This was almost a sensory overload - your words brought many images vividly to mind. It was very intense. Beautifully written.

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      Rosemary Sadler 6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      This is a beautiful thought provoking piece Kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      THANK YOU SO MUCH, dear Nellieanna! You drive home a great point in this comment, which I think YOU need to convert into a hub. Tougher the tools, better the workout. Ingenius! Appreciate this and your friendship a lot. Sincerely, Kenneth and how about that artwork of the painting on the back of that cereal box?

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      I can understand, Kenneth. Yes, I have felt unbearably, desperately out of place - and trapped in it then, with the cost of escape too high to consider. When I was thrust out - not of my own doing, the costs were exacted anyway. My children were the cost. There is little higher a price for a mother, especially one like I was.

      Faith, mostly, along with strength of character sustained me, too. And it taught me that NOW is 'when' it matters. Life is 'what' matters. We're given it - as it is - for the purposes we are here to fulfill. It's not all that complicated. My faith is expressed in 4 words: "There is no problem." How can there be, if God is god? We're here to fulfill those purposes, the ones we're dealt. And we CAN. The things we consider problems are the challenges and the details are just part of our tools. The tougher the tools, the better the workout! 'Nuff said!

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Kawaljit, a SINCERE THANK YOU for your comment on this hub. This makes only the second abstract/poem that I have published. I think I will wait a while longer before venturing into this area of my life again. Thank you for your very uplifting comment. Peace and Happiness be Yours. Kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Nellieanna, THANK YOU SINCERELY, for your warm comment. This is from a place in myself that I do NOT visit that often. A place that sometimes gives me grief from just living, if that makes sense. Have you ever in your life, ever felt so out of place that it was unbearable? I have. And still encounter the images that sometimes, I think that I am the only one who sees them. Anyway, I give OUR MAKER the credit and thanks. I am a mere clay vessel being shaped into His service and means and on a daily basis. Nellieanna, I appreciate YOUR comments, input and friendship more than you can fathom. Sincerely, Kenneth

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      Kawaljit kaur 6 years ago from JALANDHAR, Punjab (India)

      A beautifully described imagination. loved it.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Kenneth, the imagery and symbolism in your poem require deeper understanding than a surface reading immediately provides. It is beautiful but it is not self-explanatory. Even your replies to the comments gives it further meanings than are easily seen.

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      My New Hub Friend, Dearest Bella Nina, I am humbled by this remark. My mom and dad raised me to NEVER give out our use false compliments and false modesty. Give our God the glory for your comment. No, I am not a religious zealot. I do not believe in man-made religion. But a true relationship with Jesus, the Risen Lord. He has blessed me so much in my life. And recently with more hub ideas and MORE IMPORTANTLY, YOUR FRIENDSHIP. Maybe I will do as you ask and share more poems. Thank YOU, Bella. So much. Kenneth

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      Bella Nina 6 years ago from USA

      Quite beautiful and descriptive. It provides great imagary. Thought provoking as well, I really liked it. You should definitely share more of your poetry!!

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, jill of alltrades, and THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for this lovely comment. I am very appreciate of this remark. And I cannot thank YOU enough for taking time to write this remark. I am sorry. The artwork is technically mine...got it from a FREE artwork site that was in public domain and thank YOU for that too.

      Keep in touch and again, thanks! Kenneth

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Kenneth, this is powerful! It awakens many fleeting images that merge and can be translated into an abstract painting or an abstract digital art. Bravo my new friend!

      By the way, I like the photo that you used here. Is that yours?