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Brief But Beautiful

Faith Elizabeth Brigham
Dangerous Mind
United States
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Poetry Contest

Sometimes a brief encounter or experience becomes etched in our mind and ends up as a beautiful memory. Write a new poem describing one of your fondest memories.

Open style and length. You have a week. Good luck and have fun!

buddydog H Faulk III
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My Mind Slips Away

Somewhere between the Ocmulgee and Tallapoosa
My mind slips away back beyond yesterday
A dew with some jack
A tee top chevy a Skynyrd eight track
Play it pretty for Atlanta always takes me back
I still feel the sun shining on your face
Making memories that time can't erase
We drove that chevy into the night
Passing through jukin city
like on an airplane flight

Playing tracks 2 and 3 over and over  
for what seemed like an eternity
Your simple man was all I ever wanted to be
Time gave me a life without you  
It’s been simple but somehow I always knew
With the wind Tuesday gone  
All that left is a memory and this song.
I still drink my dew with some jack
With every sip it takes me back
Time drifted us apart  
Now my grandkids fill my heart  
So many years have passed by  
Your memories still fall from my eye
You lost my last name  
A bird I couldn't change
Free bird you'll always be...
Written by buddydog (buddydog H Faulk III)
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Dangerous Mind
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Crimson Glass Rose

Through the night of crimson glass rose  
with dark shards of a cold winter's mask    
loving the way it catches the moon light  
touching drops of crimson glass rose   
in a garden of thorns bleeding red  
collecting the crystal snow flakes    
sweet attar of crimson glass rose   
lasting forever, twilight's bell rung    
loving the way it catches the moon light    
through the night of crimson glass rose
still dripping the dew...
but she never spoke
Written by adagio
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Tyrant of Words
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that day in the frozen food section


...our eyes  
Written by buddhakitty
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Tyrant of Words
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White Butterfly

I had never seen or felt something so serene
The wind caressing me softly through my hair
I had never been so at ease feeling inner peace
As the sound of nature filled the mountain air

It was supposed to be a simple visit to a temple
Nestled between the canyons amid the greenery
Never before I had seen so much beauty and lore
My heart still smiles when remembering the scenery

It was after sitting in the temple in quiet reverence
That we walked the grounds enjoying the silence
And when my sons curiously rang the peace bell
It was as if the resonance seemed to bring balance

I stood there listening to the echo reverberating
It had this kind of spiritual significance
Because then a tiny white butterfly flew by me
With extraordinary magnificence

I’ll never forget my visit to the temple
The white butterfly seems like a reverie
It was a brief but beautiful encounter
Forever imprinted in my memory
Written by wallyroo92
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Nathaniel Peter
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Undying Legacy

At a loss for words cause I’m at a loss for you
And contending in my heart for what I know is true
In the dual reality of life and what is death
Existing in the sentiments of this vapor
Learning to understand the purpose of a breath
Memories on life support of friends, photographs, and paper
Drafting the blueprints in a sales pitch for my heart
As if I’ve still got something to prove
When you were my greatest affirmation from the start
Unconditional love is something I can’t lose
But your voice was a concentrated dose
And living here without you is like waking up in comatose
Awaken me to the knowing that you are but an echo of the truth
God in the evidence expressed through your love as the proof
You were there when no one else was
A reminder that I am not alone
Caught up at odds with this reality
Lord knows that you’re not gone, you’ve just gone home
I rejoice at the thought of heaven’s gain
To the know the Son is shining where you are
Is comfort in the hard times despite this present pain
So close to my heart and yet so far
No regrets only investments made
No records kept of all the ways that I’ve been wrong
What am I but a conduit of a legacy that will never fade?
With a voice as one with yours, I sing the song
As we all like channels of a glory that transcends
Finds us the beneficiaries of a place where love never ends
Free from the death that finds us here longing for the day
When we will be reunited once again
As heaven dawns breaking through every sky of gray
I love you now and always, and I won’t say goodbye
Because there’s no such thing as farewell
For though we pass away in this moment, we never truly die…
Written by cloventongue89 (Nathaniel Peter)
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Kaden Malis
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Migrated home

I first saw you
At the beach bonfire
Through flashes of light
Against your electric silhouette

We were opposing magnetic forces
Drawn to each other
For those long summer nights
We were inseparable

In heaven
As angels we trod the sandy Earth
Consumed with each other

But as the leaves began to fall
Ushering in the cold
We became cold
And migrated back home
Written by Kaden_Malis (Kaden Malis)
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Twisted Dreamer
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Meant for only a moment

I said a prayer, no wife should have said
I said I wouldn't... but then I did
You thought me worthy
And loved me best
Our souls they mated, love obsessed
Such moments like
we should leave in place
Pages turned, but not erased
Every fire lives... until it dies
Writing us beautiful,
unlike the world and before the lies
Written by Darkpoetria (DarkOakPoetry)
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Fire of Insight
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The day the fair came to town

 Gaudy music leaves a stain  
the generators powering its gauche proclaims
steam organs dressed with wooden drummers  
automaton all the bandstand playing Souza  
the music like the rides swirl your emotions  
a Scottish reel with kilt a blowing  
undulating like the waltzer
a swarthy grin that spins the seat  
screaming like the noon express  
abandon in delights volumptuosness    
bright youth however old you are  
dislodge a coco-nut so shy  
a soft toy, a prize, sizzling like burger fries  
a kiss as soft as candy floss
riding on an undulating horse  
headonism a Ferris wheel so high  
no subtle thrills, is there no limit    
 for the starry eyed, just one a minute  
electric cars with sparks a flashing  
crashing, bashing, belly laughing  
toffee apples oh so sweet  
memories we never can repeat  
Written by slipalong
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Fire of Insight
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Synesthetica, Part I (Aspectu)

i.  aspectu  
old world    
tucked into    
on an otherwise  
Main Street,  
in bulbous glass  
walls of books  
ancient secrets;  
and trinkets  
line shelves    
of stained  
street lamps    
to earthy    
my feet;  
tree canopies  
reaching across  
narrow streets,  
my vision  
late afternoon rain    
ink blots    
riding rain drops  
making mirrors  
of muted shades  
reflecting shimmers    
from above,  
hiding shapes    
in the    
of forgotten    
Written by LunaGreyhawk
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Tyrant of Words
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jade tiger
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( a Rensaku = linked Tanka )


before Corona,
Mother had stepped out of time
just before morning,

and into eternity—
It was brief, but beautiful


her journey blessed me,
and taught me about heaven;
I knew she was there

with the sunrise at her back,
and I’ll miss her till we meet


I, unplanned, arrived
when her first 2 daughters
were young women,

and so our parents began
to start all over again


free as a sparrow—
as a child I felt airborne
in the semi-arid

foothills overlooking
the valley sage and gullies


I was age three when
for my first flight with mother
and my fabric doll

on a local coastal trip,
hidden for a few minutes


The plane leveled off—
my face against the portal,
slowly through the clouds

angels flickered in their flight,
“I’m in heaven!” as I smiled


too soon, it was time—  
trips on 4-engine prop planes
can’t last forever

it was brief, but beautiful,
while I have come full circle

Written by Jade-Pandora (jade tiger)
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Dangerous Mind
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Happy Memories With You

Our paths merged and became one.
I thought this would be what I always
Wanted, love and something that lasts
Forever. We are always chasing the sun
As long as we have each other. Our gaze
On the horizon and sky, our murky pasts
Forgotten. Baby, it was just you, me and
The happy memories we hold in our hands.
Written by eswaller
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poet Anonymous

Thank You Host Faithmaree for the comp & awards.. Congratzz the winners ... But sorry to say, I had just deleted my entry juz now after noticing... that you had been awarding the same person continuously for your last three comps.. & its suddenly that too you are in a spree of running so much comps. continuously... I love Jade & her poems, they stand out sure... I have nothing against her or anyone.. But the way you are awarding does seem to raise more questions .. on the credibility of these comps. & the way its being judged... When we talk so much about Multiple Profiling Anonymities, The DU Behaviour & Rules & Ban these times, I am talking not only to You... But to the whole of DU & Members & Web Miss.. That such indicators are only  not making DU anymore a healthy poetry site... This is my humble opinon being a member long since a decade almost now...  Lets sort things out here .. then & there.. If you awarding  someone , then can we all know on what basis you do it & why you awarded such entry... If you see the comps run by me or Robuma.. we have clearly stated the winning criteria & why an entry wins,,, we say when we award.. That way, the transparency & healthiness of not just the comp. but the whole exercise & the poetry site .. & all our quality time is being well spent in honest truthful creation...  Thanks & Best Regards!

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