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InTheShop
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   Posted 3/5/2018 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
There are times when words fail.
So many things that should be said.
So many things that could be said.
But in the cold light of day, silence,
and a tear are all that cross the rift
between broken hearts.

In grief and sadness
how can any word comfort,
or dull the hammer blow?

Sometimes the right word is no word.
Just a touch and the tear that says it all.

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Peace,
Andrew
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.7 5/14, .5 10/14, .5 4/15, .3 10/15, .3 4/16, .4 10/16, .4 5/17, .3 10/17
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logoslidat
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   Posted 3/5/2018 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
nice
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81GyGuy
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   Posted 3/5/2018 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Mystery is always a powerful element in a poem. There is mystery in this one, as the reader asks himself what it is, the "hammer blow," that has caused the melancholy, the sadness in these lines.

We are not told what it is, but it doesn't matter, as whatever the cause, the crisis of feeling is the same, as to whether words or silence and tears become the better vehicle for expression of the feelings that are swirling here.

The tears win out, but only after the poem concludes, in a kind of debate within itself, line by line, that "… words fail," and the "right word is no word."

And a nice touch:

"… silence, and a tear are all that cross the rift"

and

"… Just a touch and the tear that says it all."

Good poem.
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TURP, 7/2011
Ongoing high PSA, 7/2011-12/2011
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Jakester
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   Posted 3/5/2018 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Your words touched feelings I've had but had no words. You give me the feeling that is ok.

Thank you,
Jake

Post Edited (Jakester) : 3/5/2018 11:41:14 AM (GMT-7)


InTheShop
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   Posted 3/5/2018 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Logo - Thanks.

81 - as always you point out things I hadn't considered when I wrote the poem, but are every bit true. Thanks!

Jake - Sometimes there are no words. Sometimes it best to say that.

Peace,
Andrew
I'll be in the shop.
Age 58, 52 at DX
PSA:
4.2 10/11, 1.9 6/12, 1.2 12/12, 1.0 5/13, .6 11/13,
.7 5/14, .5 10/14, .5 4/15, .3 10/15, .3 4/16, .4 10/16, .4 5/17, .3 10/17
G 3+4
Stage T1C
2 out of 14 cores positive
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Wings of Eagles
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   Posted 3/5/2018 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Andrew,

Wings

InTheShop
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   Posted 3/5/2018 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Wings,

exactly,
Andrew
I'll be in the shop.
Age 58, 52 at DX
PSA:
4.2 10/11, 1.9 6/12, 1.2 12/12, 1.0 5/13, .6 11/13,
.7 5/14, .5 10/14, .5 4/15, .3 10/15, .3 4/16, .4 10/16, .4 5/17, .3 10/17
G 3+4
Stage T1C
2 out of 14 cores positive
Treatment IGRT - 2/2012
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Subdenis
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   Posted 3/6/2018 4:49 AM (GMT -6)   
The connection achieved through sharing is the key to spiritual awakening and peace. Ironically a poem about no words that uses words to explain. Peace. Denis
65YO healthy man, PSA 5/17 4.6, MPMRI, 5/17 lesion. 13 core biopsy 3 positive 3+3 and 1 positive in a lesion, All cores less than 30% 8/17 - the second opinion Yale pathology shows a small amount of (3+4) in one core, < 5%, decipher test shows intermediate risks, looking at treatment options. decided on HDR BT, first treatment was 1/23/18, second 2/6/18 Denis

three 5's and a jack
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   Posted 3/13/2018 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Andrew: There is comfort in sharing even if no words are spoken, as you so eloquently stated. For some there is great peace to be found in solitude.

As always thank you.

Roger
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L apex 1/2 3+4=7 30%
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Paxton
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   Posted 3/14/2018 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Andrew,

I am generally not one to be able to appreciate poetry. Yours, and especially this one, are exceptions.

That said, Wings' response echoes my own.

Thank you.
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InTheShop
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   Posted 3/14/2018 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the kind words on my poem.

Peace,
Andrew
I'll be in the shop.
Age 58, 52 at DX
PSA:
4.2 10/11, 1.9 6/12, 1.2 12/12, 1.0 5/13, .6 11/13,
.7 5/14, .5 10/14, .5 4/15, .3 10/15, .3 4/16, .4 10/16, .4 5/17, .3 10/17
G 3+4
Stage T1C
2 out of 14 cores positive
Treatment IGRT - 2/2012
My latest blog post

garyi
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   Posted 3/14/2018 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Real support needs no words,
Blah....blah...blah.
Rather it requires solitude,
delivered with true empathy.

~me smile
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