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God. You would not believe it if I told you.

itís all empty now
this house that used to be
a home
it stares at passers-by
dark eyes
from empty window frames
shards of glass
in the grass
glisten like tears
in midday sunlight
midnight moonlight
voices come from within
could be ghosts
or just the wind
moaning and hurting
yes thereís an aching
like a bruised
and battered heart
a broken soul
itís all empty
those who know
know itís all because
she went back
on her word
© Copyright 2007 Regis Auffray

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Reviewed by lois christensen
It seems as if all hope is lost on this one, and the house is not a home, and imaginary suffering of it too, and going back on her word, had to be hurtful, and some times people just want to run away from it all all that is good, seems they get scared about it all.
Reviewed by Lena Kovadlo
The flow is not the same throughout the poem but it would make for an exciting read at a poetry reading as it sounds catchy when I read it. Great content by the way!

I think in a way people will be able to relate to this poem in some way. Thanks for sharing.

Reviewed by c lea harris
Yep, that's unfortunately life. What I wouldn't give to go back to some of the houses, I lived in as a child, just to see if they were still standing, to see what families lived there now. Every once in awhile, I will even catch myself going pass the house, I lived in for 17 years, when i was married, just to see what he and his new wife have changed anything. Not sure if it's a good thing or not, but everything, that is still there, she didn't have to do a thing but just move in, where I used to sleep, cook and do all the things to keep a house running.
Reviewed by bluecornflower orangetiger
I remember the feeling quite well. Love, Mary
Reviewed by Darkest Angel (Reader)
So many well written poems, Regis, and you continue to pour out your heart like this...when do you stop and sleep...? You are one of the most expressive people I know.
Reviewed by Elisabeth Barstowe
Another gem. I'm glad I have more time time on my hand now, so I have this opportunity to look closer at your work.
Reviewed by Barbara Henry
This poem is a "beautiful work of art",on many levels.
Barbara Henry
Reviewed by JMS Bell
Reviewed by Inspire Hope
Vert heartfelt and powerfully written Regis!
Excellent work! Keep on writing and sharing!

Much Love
Reviewed by Richard Howardson
Just a craving desire to know how you put them so beautifully O_O

"yes thereís an aching
like a bruised
and battered heart
a broken soul
itís all empty"

So touching, truly heartfelt.
It's great!

Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader)
Wow, this is a really powerful and moving poem Regis. Very nicely done.
Reviewed by Donna DeLong Matthews
Regis this is really awesome... With out
ones good word what have they got of
any importance... Not much Huh ??

Wonderful write my friend
I love the ones that really
get me to thinking and that I
can so relate to..

Reviewed by Nicole Weaver
OMG there you go again with your words. This one brought tears to my eyes. My keyboards are now soaked. Great write!
Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw)
Hi Regis, Like me, you don't take things lightly, and words have meaning. It's sad when someone else doesn't... it leaves you feeling, well... just like this. Love this, Regis... you're a man of meaning...

In Spirit,
Reviewed by Jennifer Lawson-Perez
I love your poetry, because it is so vivid! You convey so much emotion in each line, and it hits me in places that remind me I'm alive. Please keep writing your beautiful words. I nearly cried with this poem, because I was that house at one time.
Reviewed by Mystic Rayne
Beautifully written - feeling your pain & emptiness -thank you for sharing
Reviewed by E Tett
Very sad. Nice piece!
Reviewed by Ofira Sephiroth (Reader)
Very emotional piece, great writing.
Reviewed by Melissa Mendelson (Reader)
There is so much life in one house, so much beauty and laughter, but when that disappears, there is nothing but emptiness, nothing but a shell left to wither and fade. And you eleganantly captured that.
Reviewed by Tabitha Carter
worded perfectly. Houses are always resembling our souls, and this one is empty and beaten...abandoned. Your pictures of people always capture that emotion within your poems, a good addition.
Reviewed by Eden Monier
Wow, i love the way your word things, and use symbolism. The picture looks like my sister in law... I remember what it is to feel this way.
Reviewed by Jackson Aniefiok
Thanks for your poem, it reminds me of the emty house near my grand mothers house long time ago.
Reviewed by Joanna Leone
This poem reminds me of my family's vacation home in San Donato Val di Comino,Italy. The house is so empty, a house which once was so animated when my grandparents lived in it. Now, as everyone in my family gets older, or goes on in different directions of their lives, the house does not seem as animated anymore. Each time I travel to Italy, I stay in the house alone. I love the house, but during the year, the house is just so abandoned. The house is dark, the lawn gets overgrown. The house lights up when I arrive and the lawn does get cut when I am there, but my friends there tell me how sad it is that the house that once was filled with animation, is just so dark and looks lonely when they pass by. Your poem captured my heart as I thought of the house in Italy.
Reviewed by Michelle Mead
Wow, you're good. I am glad to be catching up on these ones I missed
Reviewed by Angela Alsaleem
Wow. Beautiful. I'll be looking at more of your work. Thanks again for taking the time to read my work. This is great! I love the imagery of the house, lonely and deserted. I love that you humanize the house and how it, in some ways, represents the empty shell some may become, our home, our bodies, left to decay if not nourished, cared for, and respected. Great work!
Reviewed by Rafika Anderson (Reader)
You write with such intensity of emotion and visual description that I felt as though I were drawn into and became one with the narrative. This is a poignant and insightful piece. Thank you for sharing such deeply feeling and pain in such a public venue.
Reviewed by Sheila Roy
They say that residual energy is left behind when people leave a home. Being the spiritual sort, I believe that's true. It's possible to glimpse scenes from the past within a home's walls. This poem has a sad feel to it; hurt feelings, reminded daily why there is hurt. Strong descriptions, Regis! Hugs:) Sheila
Reviewed by Angela Scott
Makes me wonder if we leave ever really leave our memories behind. Excellent pen!
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse
(ok where's my tissues?)
It is very sorrowing for whatever chain reactions do happen to crumble aspects of people's lives. I am also very sentiment about the world around me with many varied perceptions such as this piece.

May Your Heart Continue to be Embraced with Love & Laughter to know the Purity of Joy my Friend
In Joy, In Peace, In Grace, In Harmony of Love Vickie
Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner
Very emotional. Excellent writing.
Reviewed by Vernelle Edwards
Wow! I feel you. "Abandoned" touched me on a visceral level. peace...
REGIS, A broken promise usually leads to where you led us so metaphorically with deep emotional overtones or undercurrents, very touching! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by chris stienstra
The imagery is wonderful. I will never look at an abandoned house the same way again! It is amazing how our sprits and souls can be much like the abandoned house. I enjoy reading your work.
Reviewed by larry linville
I was referred to your poem and it is a lovely read. The referral came when the read my poem, "The Old Counry House." We have a couple of views of a similar situation. I really enjoyed reading your poem.
Reviewed by Silent Dream
Heartbreaking piece. The emotion is truly palpable. Keep up the great work!

((Hugs and LOve)) ~SilentDream
Reviewed by Ann Scarborough
I feel this to vividly to make a comprehendable review! My heart breaks with the pain of it. You have captured it so very well, please continue.
Reviewed by Angelia Vogel
A moving and touching poem. A very emotional poem, beautifully expressed.
Reviewed by Theresa curnow
Powerful and emotive. An excellent write Reg. Enjoyed immensly, love Theresa.
Reviewed by Bill Grimes Jr.
"this house that used to be
a home"

I have walked in these shoes in anguished divorce dismay........Well written and soulful Regis! Thank you for sharing your painful emotion. For me, it's therapy to write about it.......


Reviewed by Debra Baker
You described a soul broken left alone, a heart broken when she left. Fantstic write in emotions.
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish
Very powerful lines in a a very good write on subject which sad.
Picture also goes well with the write.Good choice.
Best wishes always to you and yours
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper
great life poeming Regis, my wife hasn't kept one word in 20 years, other than "give me." hehe
Reviewed by Liana Margiva
Beautiful words from beautiful sweet heart!!!!!!!!Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia

Regis, you are an outstanding poet...and have an intense understanding of the spirit..behind the spirit!

I am never disappointed here. The world is a better place because of you.

Reviewed by Joyce Devenish
Excellent and sad. Interesting Picture. Well done...JM
Reviewed by Blue Sleighty
Heartbreaking and powerful. I pray that you and yours are blessed with all of the peace and love that you always wish for others.
Reviewed by Denise Nowakowski
Reg, what an amazing piece of concise expression. Full of emotion expanding to the reader. Sad and sorrowful. I hope that now your life is full of joy.
I'll be back for more.

Reviewed by Robert Harrison
A very sad poem Reg but my old china, with a lick of paint and a few flowers, she will be as good as new again.And so will life.
Reviewed by Jeanette Foresta
sad ;(
Reviewed by George Thompson
Good write! Great symbolism.

Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore
Houses like that always catch my attention. They seem to still hold life, don't they...
Reviewed by Nordette Adams
Moving write, an element of distilling emotion.
Reviewed by A PAX
Very sad feelings of abandoned trust........
the lack of chilling
pax A
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
Haunting Regis, deeply touching. This is a poem the reader can feel deeply.
Reviewed by Debashish Haar
That line "it's all empty" so well describes the whole poem..."she" can be a person, a society, a representation of a lot of other things. I liked the flow and the imagery...

Reviewed by William Bonilla
An excellent write Regis
The imagery is great

Reviewed by Jacqueline Marshall
The image of the house crying glass tears....awsome. Emotionally provocative piece. without superfluous words. Love it. JM
Reviewed by Sharon Bishop
very deep and touching. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing your awesome talent.:)
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Oh this touched friend!!

"Abandoned Life" the title of my book in progress!!

Love Always TinkaSweets
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow
Gripping poetry Regis!

Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope)
Powerful message in this poem. Leaves pain in the soul
Reviewed by Aberjhani
Stunning metaphorical imagery and powerfully provocative emotions throughout--with one seriously brilliant ending.

Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen
stark, effective write, regis. well done.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford
Very sad and deep pain that can be felt as the reader reads this. Better days will come but it never feels that way when we are in this empty dark space.
Reviewed by S J (Reader)
This is deep, Regis.
shards of glass
in the grass
glisten like tears"
Your words are powerfully sad,
but this piece is so very well written!

Thank you
Reviewed by Muhammad Al Mahdi
A very private poem expressing a general truth. Being unfaithful to oneself will in the long term result in loss. This is impressively illustrated by your words.
Reviewed by Debra Harmes-Kurth
Yep I know that girl, a friend of mine just went back on her word. You caught the truth of the matter here.
Reviewed by Suzie Palmer
This poem touches many a person ... Love to you Regis ... may the truth shine within you so deeply that all that truly matters is that you never go back on your word ... it's the others' loss when they can't keep to theirs ... (maybe you helped her find hers ... well done, to that). May you continue to cultivate your wonderful Garden of Life!
Love Suzie :-D
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Heartbreaking, Regis..................and all too common. Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Cynth'ya
There's got to be an amazing heart wrenching story being this. Is it possibile that most children/families are abandoned because the caretakers gave up when someone gave up on them, like the large companies sending jobs overseas? Or like the school system that abandoned the kids when the teachers were no longer respected by the administration, and teachers gave up hope with the exception of a precious few? So many possibilities, I'm so glad that someone reached out to me in my financial situation to turn my world for my own family around, and showed me how to be my own boss in a thriving market. Not bragging, it's just tough to show people who've been kicked that there really are people out there who mean them well if they are willing to listen how to change their situation.

I guess that's why it's easy for me to share hope again, because I've seen it for myself, as well as others. So keep reaching people thru your writing, and keep giving hope. . . .would LOVE to see another slant to this poem to show how people deserve to be sincerely wanted for the best reason around. . . and that's to be unconditionally loved?

blessin's, this is a keeper for me my Brother,
Reviewed by Barbara Smith
Regis, this poem is loaded with images, a feeling of what I call, "lonely, hurting," As I read each line, it was as though I was right there on the inside looking out. A great piece of poetry!
Reviewed by Karen Cino
The imagery in this piece is a work of art. I can picture this house as if it was across the street from me. There is a lot of emotion in here as well as sadness. You have written another masterpiece.

Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya
Regis...heartfelt write my friend....very painful and emotional n luck....BHUWAN!!!
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten
Heartfelt write in knowing that the broken glass was on the lawn, broken from the inside, out...
When someone goes back on their word to an adult, that's another lesson learned, when someone goes back on their word to a child, that's a life having to be re-learned...only this time there is a lack of security and trust...and most of all love. Hopefully, if there truly is a child you know, who is hurting like this, Reg~ The best that can be done, is that, that someone returns, asking for forgiveness and picking up the shards...but if that's not possible, showering them in love, and alot of close guidance might get them back on track...A very profound "Abandoned"
You serve your pen well...
Love and Peace~
Reviewed by Sandie Angel
Powerful emotional write! You always do these so well. Guess you're writing from your heart!

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Morning Star
Very painful and emotional write
Your words paint a picture of someone
Who Abandoned the home and family to be on her/his own
Truly sad and heartfelt words on this stunning write!!
Love And Peace To You Always..Morning Star
Reviewed by Delia Latham
Powerful stuff, this! You have an amazing talent for word painting, Regis. I need to rub elbows, see if I can "catch" a little of it. :OD

Truly impressive!
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson
painful and i loved the details
you got the feel of abandoned right on it's head
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
Powerfully penned, Regis - and very very sad.
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*ģ
Dear Regis,

This is poetic genius ... congrats on reaching another plateau!

Love & Light always and in all ways,
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Ooh, Regis, this one was so hard to read! I hope you are okay; you are in my prayers, mon ami! Very well done; bravo!! C'est maginifique!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, ton ami, Karen Lynn in Texas. :(
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
Such depth of pain. Yup most are of the mashed up heart club...
Reviewed by Michael Mathieu
Very touching and sad write,
Well done,

Reviewed by Joyce Hale
Reg, this is a small masterpiece! Even the title leads directly into the spectre of the sad, broken house, bereft of its laughter and love. You paint a vivid picture in my mind. I wrote one similar to this about an empty house, oh - 40, 50 years ago.... but yours hurts more....

Peace. Joyce
Reviewed by Steve Ralph
Very well written Reg, very deep and meaningful poem, and so very sad.
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G
Yikes! this was strong and Powerful! Reg
I almost couldn't write back to it!
The shards of glass, glisten in the grass like tears... shit, you
said alot here!
and the I love how you said and felt, MOONday sunlight- Midnight moonlight! Nice Touch!

I loved it!
EVERY Word speaks humbly and honestly of what
YOu felt and saw!

A Keeper! A Treasure for my eyes later!

Warmest Blessings and WArm HuGs, Warrior Sheeeooxx
Stay Positive!
Stay Happy!
Go Forward!

Reviewed by Taylor Ryan
I'm haunted by the eyes and the words, Reg, especially the personification of the house and it's own staring eyes and the simile of glass to tears and voices and ache. You've taken the reneig into a sensory experience...
Love, Taylor
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
A persons word is his or her honor and pride...going back on it makes them worthless...e
Reviewed by Simon Barreiros
whoa, this is a sad one. could be the house or the eyes when no one is home. I enjoyed the write. Feel reminds me of Tom Waits' "House Where nobody lives" ( without love ...ain't nothing but a house...a house where nobody lives")
good one Reg,
simon b
Reviewed by jude forese
sad, haunting poem, Regis ... going back on one's word will definitely bruise a heart .... thanx for sharing ...
Reviewed by Randall Barfield
this is really a great piece of writing. you are nearing the summit/will be hard to top this one. keep going. midnight moonlight, nice
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter
The poem is emphasized in the eyes. Beauty of a sad pen.
Reviewed by Rosemarie Skaine
If walls could talk. Excellent, but sad write. R
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson
Well done...
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
Super images, one can see the house , one can feel the emptyness, and pain.. A great write, Regis....M
Reviewed by CJ Heck
Geez oh man, Reg, this is so haunting, both the person and the house -- almost as though they are one and the same, through the feelings evoked in your words. Wonderful writing, as I've come to expect when I read something from you.
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg
its hard when that happens...perhaps it was the photo, but I immediately invisioned a teenager as i read it
Reviewed by J. Pajot
I have seen houses like that...and felt the other in my soul. Good descriptive write, very well constructed to overlay the two. Wish you good things and peace, Reg,

Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader)
Houses do have personalities. There is a theory that the spaces between molecules are charged with the energy of people who live in buildings. The kinesiology can be read by "sensitives," those who can hold an object an describe the person who owns it. It also is a theory of "hauntings." A thoughtful work, Regis. I enjoyed reading.

Reviewed by Ann Marquette
Very sad, but moving. Good write,

Reviewed by Susan Sonnen
very good...leaves one wondering...

Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
I Don't Look At Abandoned Only Betrayed...

Reviewed by E T Waldron
Such a poignant poem that touches the heart and stirs all the senses Reg! Beautifully written!
Reviewed by Laura Mayer
A house that use to be a home, someone going back on their word..very sad write Reg. hugs, Laura
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader)
Sad, but real in many cases. I know many who are so lonesome because someone just up and left them. Victor
Reviewed by Rose Rideout
Regis, this has tears flowing from my eyes. Very touching, it makes me want to reach out a hand. Thank you .
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
YIKES!!!!! Man, can I FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEL this one, Regis. You got me with the house-havin-souls-thing. They surely do. The weight of this one (house and poem) is like a tonne weight on my chest... Think, therefore, that must make it successful in terms of poetic art. And, in poetic art, you know nothing but success. You lead us to believe there is something of a story here... hope you will elaborate. You leave us hanging.... Take care. LOL K xx
Reviewed by RM Green
Very passionate and introspective - an AMAZING write from an amazing poet! The imagery is priceless...BRAVO!

Thank you for sharing...

RM Green
Reviewed by Michelle Mills
What a dark piece, and the sad and tortured eyes that stare back from the photograph accompany it well. Well done my friend. Michelle
Reviewed by Paul Berube

An outstanding write from beginning to end. My heart stopped somewhere in the middle. One can not quiet the haunting memories.
Reviewed by Felix Perry
This write is one of the most poignant opening of a heart that I have read in a long time. The graphic sets the mood with the shell shocked eyes of a child staring into the readers very heart then continues with the flare and stark imagery that the writers wraps around the story. Well done Reg.

Reviewed by Linda Ames
Breath-taking, heart-wrenching, Reg. I love the "dark eyes" and "shards of glass like tears".
Peace, linda
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green
Oh, Reg. This is t o o good. Speaks directly to me in a way that very few poems do. Hurts, yet feels good. To understand and be understood. What a gift! With respect, admiration, and affection,
Pea xOx
Reviewed by Approximately Naive
Why did this line so forcibly remind of the line, 'mirror becomes a razor when it's broken'?
Shattered lives encapsulates everyone and everything connected to the broken people or relationship involved.

This is a compelling word, Reg, compelling indeed - resonates very much with my psyche.
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling
Very touching yet sad write my friend...powerful imagery that brought this write to life. It's sad when the feeling of hopelessness, hollow, and broken spirit consumes one, especially at the expense of others. Very powerful write my friend, enjoyed this much!
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Judith Bailey
Regis... this is a song many of us have sung. You've brought the visual and the emotional together... no reader (or listener) could NOT see the abandonment of both Self and Others here. I can 'hear' this in minor tone...
The sequel? Can't stay 'stuck' in this emotion... where do you go from here? We are never abandoned fully...
Reviewed by H. Lena Jones
Touching, Regis. When there's no hope, all is lost. Pity! The enemy seeks out the weak and the lost only to deceive and destroy. Shocking!

God Bless
Reviewed by Leland Waldrip
Excellent imagery, Reg. Haunting.
Best regards,
Reviewed by Art Sun
You have a good one here Reg...a most enjoyable read and a view od depth within emotion...nice...

nice work.....Art Sun...
Reviewed by Lynn Barry
Oh man...this is amazing. The pic and the piece...brilliant!
Reviewed by J.L. Day
Haunting and evocative imagery, my friend. Tis painful, when that door slams shut. I loved your use of the house to mirror a shattered soul. Well done!
Reviewed by George Carroll
Sadcommentary on a broken trust.
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader)
Enjoyed very much...Hugssssssssssss
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper
The imagery in "Abandoned" is really good. I could just visualize the house with the dark eyes (windows) and shards of glass in the grass (that seem to reflect broken hopes and dreams). Well done.
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