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by Teresa Renton 11 months ago in surreal poetry · updated 14 days ago
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You are the noise

She & I created together.

You are the missed heartbeat

When she said yes,

And the disbelief

After she said I’m leaving.


You are the tear left unshed

A sanctuary for my sorrow

You are the space where there’s always a seat

You are the music along which my songs flow.


You are the temple for our incomplete story

You are where I go to feel.

Foe and friend,

You counsel me whenever I lose my words

And haunt me when she loses hers.


You are scales I can never balance

You bring gifts of ideas

You hold answers

And you withhold them.


So I run to you

and from you

Yet always I land on your doorstep

Humble, wretched, or overjoyed.


You creep up amidst noise

And yet roar louder

in quiet.

Silence, you are the home she and I shared,

Silence—the chasm between us.

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Thank you for reading and please share if you know of anyone who might appreciate my work. Other entries for the challenge ‘After the Parade’ are:

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About the author

Teresa Renton

Inhaling life, exhaling stories, poetry, prose, flash or fusions. An imperfect perfectionist who writes and recycles words. I write because I love how it feels to make ink patterns & form words, like pictures, on a page.

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  • Mike Singleton - Mikeydred25 days ago

    Wonderful words

  • Melissa Steussy29 days ago

    Beautiful ❤️❤️❤️

  • Cathy holmes29 days ago

    Very nice

  • C. H. Richard29 days ago


  • This was so brilliant! Very beautifully written!

  • Tony Galbierabout a month ago

    Love this, Teresa. It is elegant in both form and story.

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