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This is written in haiku meter. It is dedicated to someone who is hard to describe in mere words.

When the winter wind
Stirs through the dark barren trees
It whispers of you

I can barely breathe
When your picture comes upon
The screen of my mind

When someone mentions your name
I lose a heartbeat

I can scarce believe
How empty my world appears
Without you in it

In another realm
In dreams when I speak with you
You give me purpose

Now in the darkness
It is easy to fathom
The light that you shined

In humility
I admit my lack of strength
Without your presence

It's hard not to fall
In the void you left behind
When you had to leave

There is not a time
When I do not think of you
Know this is the truth

My friend I miss you
There is emptiness within
Each passing moment

The absence of you
Is a constant throbbing ache
Deep within my soul

I shall not be healed
Until we can meet again
Our friendship confirmed

Copyright © Regis Auffray
January 2004
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Reviewed by lois christensen
The haiu format is amazing, and understandable, clearly thought out. Each tells of a part of something that is missing to you, in all but a few. I feel your concern on this one, and know it's great to let us read and ponder over things happening like this.
Reviewed by Lena Kovadlo
"I can scarce believe" - Now I am may be incorrect here but I believe the correct word would be scarcely.

It is clever to write a poem where each stanza is in haiku format. Also must be a hard thing to master. For you might have been easy to do. But we'll never know. Not unless you tell us. :-)

I must admit that when I read each stanza I don't always feel a smooth flow from one stanza to the next in terms of creating one unified poem. Sometimes it feels like some stanzas are on their own as stand alone poems. Still, the entire piece is enjoyable and in parts moving. Emotion is present throughout as well. Thanks for sharing.
Reviewed by Pia Shannon
It's hard not to fall
In the void you left behind
When you had to leave

I particularly like these few lines...
Reviewed by Ruan Mills Burke
Soulful and poignant, this is magical.
Someone once tried to tell me that Haiku was not real poetry - I beg to differ and you have proven it.
Reviewed by John Bidwell
Thanks for pointing me here.
Yes- you stand beside me along this sea of emotions which covers most of all there is.

Reviewed by David Maclellan
Regis, I am honoured that you would put my poem 'Inevitable' on the level of this masterpiece. 'It is hard not to fall in the void you left behind...' I wish that I could have conjured these lines, they express the soul of what I was trying to articulate in 'Inevitable'. Thank you also for your uplifting comments, Dave
Reviewed by Elisabeth Barstowe
Beautiful. Absolutely perfect.
Reviewed by Victoria Lane (Reader)
Written with sincerity... beautiful.
Reviewed by Darkest Angel (Reader)
This is touching my heart; it reminds me of the friendships that I have lost, friendships I wanted so much to continue. Thank you.
Reviewed by Nature Lover
Lovely, feelings expressed in the most beautiful way.
Reviewed by Inspire Hope
I love this poem Regis, these words have very profound meaning
and I love your honesty! Written with such excellence!

Thank you for sharing, this must have been the right timing to
stop by to read this poem! Thanks for sharing and caring Regis!

Much Love,
Reviewed by Candace Ho
Thank you for the lovely reviews, I have to say that I can relate to this. A loss of someone so special never truly heals in at least one dimension.
Reviewed by Acirč C
Love it Regis its nice, sweet
and so much meaning through it
well done.
Reviewed by Nicole Weaver
Good Golly Miss Molly Regis,
Where on earth did you learn to put such meaning into words? I love this one. Very, very good!!
Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw)
Hi Regis,

"I can barely breathe
When your picture comes upon
The screen of my mind

When someone mentions your name
I lose a heartbeat"

this is a perfect message in a bottle! Hope she returned to you...

In Spirit,
Reviewed by Sheila Roy
These are beautiful, and any friend/lover would be proud to be their target. The third one is the one I relate most to. I know that feeling of anticipation. Time stands still while you wait to see if the words following the name will be negative or positive. Then...can you mask your feelings over the outcome, should you need to.... Very meaningful poems. Hugs,
Reviewed by John Flanagan
Reg, structurally perfect and warm and open in feeling, a heart laid bare. For me, the second stanza is particularly rich and the poem as a whole makes a true impact.
Reviewed by Tabitha Carter
I absolutely adore the desperation in this. It so powerful and full of everything worthy of admittance.
Reviewed by Valerie Roeske
Regis, this is like tearsdrops from soul to soul, very well written, loved it, Hugs to you Valerie
Reviewed by Tony Jenkins
Iam a bit of a haiku fan.
Albeit a new one

Very good.

Reviewed by Michelle Mead
You must've loved her very much, this is beautiful!
Reviewed by Laura English
This of course has touched me deeply and hit home too true how much a person can impact your life even when they are no longer with us as you know from reading the story about my brother. Very well written!

Reviewed by Rafika Anderson (Reader)
Regis, this poem touched me deep within my soul. I feel for you and with you. I too have known such devastating loss and shared this profound sentiment of absence that you write of as you must know from reading my work ("Mass for Athena" and "The Night You Left Me.") I love the closing verse, which glimmers with a hint of hope.

Best wishes, my kindred soul. -=ra=-
I shall frame this one Regis, it is all soul,deeply loving, and universal, it certainly touches me deeply, and shall not read another for a while till I have fortified myself!!! Until then, Many Blessings on you! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by chris stienstra
Strong and powerful Regis, but, the love and longing give it this power. I appreciate most of all your heart which is is able to show these emotions so clearly and wonderfully. A beautiful write.
With all of my best,
Reviewed by Ted Bossis
You have clearly allowed your feelings to be known - By thinking it alone would carry through it's intention - {true loved ones would never want so-much suffering-To honor that we must stay passionately spiritual } So I say a Beautiful love - - -Ted Bossis
Reviewed by Erin Woods
This struck home've given "feeling" fine definition well done !....erin
Reviewed by Crissy Foster
I think everyone at some time or another has felt this exact way. You have seemed to capture the moments so vividly and displayed them so fluently.
Thanks so much for the read.
Reviewed by Butch Howard
I know so well the feelings which you have beautifully conveyed here in Haiku form. The emptiness grows deeper and darker until the moment the absence is ended. The "constant throbbing ache" is real and can olny be cured by the one who is so desperately missed.
-Outstanding Haiku!
Reviewed by Bennett
This is truly the real deep heart felt meaning of true and real friendship. Well written.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader)
A beautiful string of ku...
Reviewed by Jacqueline Marshall
Beautiful, and I love the meter. I felt the ache of absence as I read. JM
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
Lost love remains in the recesses of the heart. The emptyness, lonelyness can be overpowering. We weep for what once was, we yearn for that which is lost. Yet, if we can remember the special moments and feelings sublime , all is not lost. Time is the healer of broken hearts. I can feel you pain. I know it well, love can come again and perhaps it has or will for you.....M
Reviewed by Sandra Mushi
The words make such an impact that the flow seems unimportant! As great as the flow is! Such a moving piece with a lot of sensitive emotions and sincerity. You portrayed the feeling of losing someone you love so well, Regis. One can clearly feel the pang of pain and emptiness in your words. A beautiful moving write!

God bless,

Reviewed by Chanti Niven
Dearest Regis,

Each haiku could stand alone and yet you have strung them together to create one symbiotic whole and what a beautiful whole it is. It is said that we are born incomplete and that we need another (that missing piece) to make us whole. I always think about what a little boy said once in descriping a pipe (tube). He said that it was 'two holes attached together'. I loved this and pondered upon something that it brought to mind. I don't believe that soul mates are missing pieces that need to find one another (your other half) to be completed. I believe that we need to find wholeness in and of ourselves and when we do, we can offer the other a whole person. In this way there is no neediness, no control and love is the only bond. I will leave you with one word... WOW! (Whole Other Whole?)

I love the idea of being two 'wholes' attached together.

Love always... Chanti


I didn't mean to undermine this love. It is clearly meaningful and deep for you and it will forever be a part of your heart. May your memories become sweeter in the passing of time.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
It's been a year since I wrote this. It must be true that "absence makes the heart grow fonder." IlyaSa
Reviewed by Peter Paton
A poignant and heart rending tribute R
Wonderful emotion and evocative use of words stir the heart !!

Peter Paton
Reviewed by Ann Piatt
It would be hard to not be moved by the power and sincerity so evident in your words.'s a painful thing. You spoke to it with class.
Reviewed by Jennifer Butler
You make me want to cry.
Reviewed by Micha Julian
Oh, Oh God, Regis Auffray, this hurt!
It ... I, well, so know this pain and you've expressed it in an exceptionally beautiful way...
You, I am so grateful to be reading many, many Thanks I owe you...
and for This, also, for exprssing a lingering sadness that gave me knowing shivers...Oh, I hope for you to, within the pain here and your heart and soul...
I can see why this won, many Congratulations and many Thanks for making another feel so not alone...likely, Sir, many others...
Bless You!
peace, yes, love, yes!
Reviewed by Ann Marquette
Oh my God! This is exactly how I feel about the loss of "M" in my life. So well written and deeply felt. I feel the same pain, loss of breath, and emptiness.

As we wait for our heart's desires, my friend.
Reviewed by Rose L
I truly enjoyed this poem because I could identify so closely with the sentiment contained therein. So often there are those people in our world who must go away (either permanently or temporarily) and you have captured in a very true sense the emotions we experience when they leave.

Family, friend, even a foe - all can be missed for different reasons.

Great write - congratulations on your win!

A new fan,

Reviewed by Ruth Marlene Friesen (Reader)
Wow, every sentence finds a new way to describe that longing for someone not present right now.

I'm not trained in poetry, and often don't understand the more mysterious poems, but this one I do. I'm glad you won an award with it.
Reviewed by SeRaPhiMa HuMMiNgByRd
~*~ Your words are powerful, they live! Wonderful Write! ~*~

~*~*~*~ Love, Shivani ~*~*~*~
Reviewed by Fr. Kurt Messick
nicely done
Reviewed by Patrick Talty
The haiku metre is ideally appropriate for this theme,that of loss and yearning. The words and images are very apt and generate a tone compatible with feelings that motivated your muse. It also is easy to read and relate to (who hasn't at some time lost and yearned?) and in that sense has the quality of universality -a quality which, in my opinion, is one of the hallmarks of a good poem. Well done, Regis.
Reviewed by Eddie Thompson
I thought of my God. I thought of my father who has passed away. I thought of my first love from fifth grade. I thought of many friends who have taken many paths. And I even thought of me. Now that's a poem!!!
Reviewed by William Heffner
Congratulations Regis, your heart has spoke and the world has heard.

Thanks for sharing your talent.

God Bless You and Your Loved Ones

Officer William Heffner
Reviewed by Michael Charles Messineo
Regis, These three lines alone are amazing. Excellent!!!
Now in the darkness
It is easy to fathom
The light that you shined
Reviewed by andrea coltman
Enjoyed this beautiful words that just flow so wishes Andrea
Reviewed by Judith Pleasant
A writer with heart. That is you.
You realy have some great works.
Reviewed by Susan Barton (Reader)
Congratulations! Nice blend of photo and verse

Reviewed by Janet Caldwell
Congrats on an excellent poem. I love the one word use for the 5 syllables, very clever. Again congrats on your win, you deserve it Regis.

JC xoxoxo
Reviewed by Andrea Dietrich (Reader)
Congratulations on a great read. Andrea (a newbie)
Reviewed by Debra Conklin
Well, congrats on winning! This is a stunning piece of work, Regis.
Reviewed by William J. Cryer (Reader)
Ohh, I missed this one. Truly remarkable talent, Regis. Congratulations on your second go-round, and I wish you many more!!
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik
OH, Regis.. This positively soars... it has a sense of wonder and a mystical quality. Your rhythm is flawless, but it's the sentiments and the bearing of your heart that wraps around the reader. To have something of such quiet beauty written for one is the ultimate expression of friendship and love. I'm always touched when poet can take a familiar feeling and just completely own it. You are a true original. (The tears began at the 2nd verse... my personal favorite.) I love this, Regis! katy xox.
Reviewed by Trish - The Trickster
A powerful tribute and wonderful heartfelt write. Excellent.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
I like this one so much that I am desireous of sending it to a friend of mine that I see very little fact let him read it, I will...maybe he will understand what you write, LOL! Mine he says he cannot fathom...So perfect this one is, hope that friend of yours realizes the strength of your friendship...Peace, Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by Jeff Mason
I agree with Dani. You have read my thoughts and feelings all too well. PLEASE keep writing like this: soulful, deep, meaningful. -- Jeff
Reviewed by Marie Wadsworth
This made my heart ache, Regis. Poignantly romantic.
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper
Strong and from the heart expression of affection. A joy to read, kind of brings someone to light from long past. Thanks. G
Reviewed by Cynth'ya
Reg,I think you found enough words, and just the right ones too.
Thanks for reminding me of one of those people in my life from 9 years ago.

cynth'ya lewis reed
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson
Must be one heck of a special friend, or was..
Thanks for your mail Regis
Your writing is superb
Reviewed by Vicky Jeter
Regis -- Such response speaks of standing ovations, my friend!
The title, and the 11th stanza are grippers for me.
I so much appreciate your recent email. With certainty, the extension
is returned to you in kind. Vicky
Reviewed by Simon Thurlow (Reader)
Such a beautiful written tale of loss
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader)
This is so beautiful, so real, touched my heart deeply. Everyone should be loved and missed this way!
Reviewed by Patricia Gomes
I'm certain that the person you wrote this for also "loses a heartbeat" when your name is mentioned. Wonderful work . . . to be successful, a poem has to make the reader "feel" something, and this one does.
Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader)
I swear we are thinking the same thoughts.........this is beautiful and uplifting Regis....I agree, you would be the best sort of friend......ty for this....Dani
Reviewed by Jaclynn Huntington
You have really outdone yourself with this one, Regis. Not only the flow but to do so in this form so seemingly effortless. The depth of feeling within the words are most moving. Well done, my friend.

♫ Jackie
Reviewed by S H (Reader)
Punk. It's a beautifl poem about S Regis!
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray
a beautiful, beautiful poem of friendship
Reviewed by Antoinette Kopperfield
This is great how you put the audience into your write. Beautifully written and expressed!
Reviewed by anne cunningham
you certainly put a name to that ache.
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa
..this is so'd be a great friend to have..*smile*

Reviewed by jude forese
love and friendship always remain alive in our hearts and souls ... excellent poem!
Reviewed by Dale Clark
Excellent piece!
Reviewed by Mark Mahoney
Brilliant well written gem here, well done...Mark
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
WOW, I'll make you an honourey member of Britiku and
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader)
Sounds like you miss them terribly. Friends are special.
Reviewed by Tami Ryan
This is absolutely beautiful - one of your best pieces. Thank you.
Reviewed by SilverCeltic Moon
This is so beautifully poignant and wonderful. ;) Silver
Reviewed by Crystal-Rain Love
Once again, you seem to have spoken for me. This was done beautifully.
Thanks for the review of Dancer On A Pole.... I like to shock people, as you noticed.
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
WHY If YOU Stop Dreaming YOU Will Never FIND Her Only Lost In Sands Of Time Forever More!

TRASK Excellently Done!

Reviewed by E T Waldron
Regis,utterly superb verses! Each one stirred my emotions to the fullest...I know theses feelings well!;-)thanks for sharing them!
Reviewed by Jim Dunlap
Technically, not haiku, but more tanka or whatever those other Japanese forms are. Nice job on them, although I still wish you could have a more upbeat experience now and then. :) I have outlived over 30 people that I cared about, and I know what a blow losing even one can be. I also know that I can't change things or turn back time. L'allegresse vient de dedans et pas de l'exterieure. I don't allow myself to grieve over things I can't change.
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson
Wonderful write full of depth and emotion.
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader)
"...It's hard not to fall in the void you left behind..."
Regis, this is exquisite...and hits so close to home. You
have no idea, my poet peer. This is one of your
be sure.
Reviewed by Trixie Love
Regis, This is so beautiful...
Lucky lady she is... :)

Trixie :)

Reviewed by Maria Lupinacci
Your emotions are felt
through your words.
This has a quite an impact on
the reader...wonderful work!

Reviewed by Al Swanson (Reader)
an extremely touching write Regis, and we all shall know what you mean, its funny how those curtains drawn, and feelings left behind, al
Reviewed by Kate Clifford
Deep and beautiful in its creation and capture of the loss of important people in our lives.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

this is absolutely some of the most beautiful haiku i've read in a long time--each stanza connects with the next and tells a complete story

BRAVO, dear friend *applause*

(((HUGS))) and love,

karla. :)
Reviewed by Sheila Jones (Reader)
Absolutely stunning Haiku poetry Regis!

"It's hard not to fall
In the void you left behind
When you had to leave

There is not a time
When I do not think of you
Know this is the truth

My friend I miss you
There is emptiness within
Each passing moment"

I applaud you, and your glistening pen!

Love, Sheila
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader)
Regis I like you writing like this...many sensitive emotions come through..lovely writing. Last verse was wonderful...floria
Reviewed by Sandie Angel
Oh Regis:

This one is so great! A true friendship poem indeed! and it is so uplifting and inspiring too. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful poem!

Sandie Angel a.k.a. May Lu :o)
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU
"Absentia" delivers its messages in the cadence of the song of love.

Magnificence, inspiration, and beauty meet through every stanza of "Absentia".

I Salute You, Poet!

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Jane Rodway
This is so beautiful, what warm thoughts. I also love the photo. There is a painting that I like that reminds me of this photo, and it is funny how the lack of certain people really make you realize how alone you are. Excellent.
Reviewed by George Carroll
Beautiful and enchanting piece, framed in a grand format
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Awesome moving piece Regis!!

"There is not a time
When I do not think of you
Know this is the truth

My friend I miss you
There is emptiness within
Each passing moment

The absence of you
Is a constant throbbing ache
Deep within my soul"

Touched by it!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Sherry Gibson
A very good write. Very deep insight to what friendhsip can be. The poetry itself read beautifully with a comfortable flow. I really enjoyed stopping by today!

Reviewed by Marco Landi
The absence of you
Is a constant throbbing ache
Deep within my soul....
very powerful though Thanks for the lesson..Marco
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero
Curious you did it in this format. When I first read it, I felt strage about it, as if I was struggling against something. Then I realized what it was -- the format worked to benefit the piece. I read it a few times and then it became clear that because the format does not allow for embellishment, it seems to make the absence more acute. What I was feeling was the narrators struggle. That's what it was. Good work, Regis.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed
You have truly mastered this form, Regis. This one really flows smoothly, and from the heart.
Reviewed by Andrea Da Costa (Reader)
Very powerful and moving......I felt this!

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
magnifique! (((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader)
WONDERFUL package..for a wonderful someone..

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