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  cruel nights
by Odin Roark
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Rated "PG13" by the Author.

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Imagining the pain of desperation.

cruel nights

before i do it
the phone rings at the other end
like a drip from ice melting
forever stretching its moment
doing what it does best

when finally a voice says "hello"
my mouth opens
but like the icicle
suddenly ensconced by a frigid waft
my moment is frozen

"hello" comes the voice a second time
the voice i know
but wish to forget

with sweat soaked hand
i tuck the cell back
in its safety net atop my heart
and walk the few steps further

the railing is nothing
the ledge is harder
the peering down into rushing water

the pause
the moment

i choke

to awaken from such a dream
is unfair

i'm afraid
i'm so afraid to dial again
before i do it


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Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 9/17/2012
well done, great metaphor.
Reviewed by Asa Seeley 9/17/2012
'nights' can be beautiful, but when they are cruel...they are cruel.
thank you

Reviewed by Ronald Hull 9/16/2012
You have finely wrought desperation here. Let's hope that it is only a dream and not a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Ron you
Reviewed by John Flanagan 9/16/2012
" awaken from such a dream
is unfair..."
resonates to the sky with its frustration
but, too, with its sharp ambiguity...that i
can relate to;
for me, a challenging poem, perhaps too close
to the personal bone but wonderfully, tightly
written, Odin

Reviewed by Christine Tsen 9/15/2012
This is a poem born of experience, wonderful emotional resonance!
Reviewed by Keith Rowley 9/15/2012
Fabulous. I respect your talent.
Reviewed by richard cederberg 9/15/2012
You paint the scene powerfully well, Odinsan. It would make a great vignette for a stage production. You do it, too, in a way that the reader can draw personal experiences from it. I know the feeling. Her name was Louise. And I was 19 yrs old and had just been drafted into the Army. Peace ...

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