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Seeking Substance
by Chanti Niven
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
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This is not written about anyone I know. It was inspired by something I read. How many people long for the substance of touch but settle for cyber stroking instead?

If you see yourself in these words, please don't assume I've singled you out. I think a lot of people will identify with aspects of this piece. Words (even through an impersonal medium) have the power to touch in profound ways that few of us fully understand. Still, the real desire is for a more tangible touch....something we all need.

Driven by a compulsion.

to feed a fragile ego -

a limp shadow

that drags from his heels;

He seeks some new spark

to ignite the ember

within his frigid soul

To consume

the tangle of dry twigs

- those worries & woes

that plague his existence.

Insecurity and fear

have stifled his creativity

causing him to seek

solace in the cyber arms

of a distant lover

A binary affair

that lacks the substance

of touch…

© Chanti

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Reviewed by Robin Labenberg 4/16/2005
Nothing can ever substitute for the human touch and you certainly wrote that effectively. Your poetry is amazing!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/13/2005
You speak the truth in these verses, Chanti. Love to you.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/12/2005

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 4/12/2005
I totally agree with Vesna on this...and add my own humble remark:
There are far too many of these "substance lackers" in this day and
Another excellent piece of work, Chanti dear.
Reviewed by Vesna Blueflame 4/12/2005
This is perfection!!! Indeed TRUTH ..sad, I know, but TRUTH nonetheless.Saved this one..

Reviewed by Barbara Terry 4/12/2005
A very touching poem Chanti, and very touching, in that I can relate to some of this also. I long for my fiance's touch, but for now, we will just have to talk in cyberspace, because our phone is disconnected. So Iwill just have to be content to speak to him in our IM's. A very good write Chanti. May the Lord Jesus bless you, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister, Barbie

"If I have to...Then I may as well be."
Reviewed by jude forese 4/12/2005
touch is a very subjective concept but i agree with the premise of this poem entirely ...

your poetic voice is very strong ...
Reviewed by Paul Williams 4/12/2005
Very well said Chanti, your right it does have a resonance and I can reelate to so much...too close to home.

Reviewed by William Bonilla 4/12/2005
well penned .....Chanti
so true
I know at least one couple
that met on line and married

William .....Peace & Love
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