A Poem by Marie Harrison

broken lives




Only dreams of white lace

Covering my face

Ran through my brain

Seven years ago when

I booked our bridal room

When you asked to be

My groom


I chose a secluded place

High up inside

The limbs of soaring trees

Surrounded by chirping birds

And bright green leaves


Where you would

Say your vows to me

At Canoe's on the

Chatahoochee River


Now only rain and

My warm salty

Teardrops fill that

Vacant space now


God sent a flood

And washed it

All away


The very day

You decided

To forever

Stay away

From me


© 2011 Marie Harrison

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Sorry it took so long for me to respond to your request!

Certainly unfulfilled expectations, especially of such emotionally-charged fulfillment, understandably provokes such an eloquent expression of sorrow.

I am not experienced or learned enough to make any strong assertions about poetic structure. From a purely personal point-of-view, I sense certain inconsistency between regular syllabic structure and the natural rhythm of words. If one takes the end of each line as representing some sort physical pointer to the way the flow of sounds should procede, then I think there might well be something to be said for some rephrasing.

Posted 4 Years Ago

This is such a sad poem. Great job.

Posted 5 Years Ago

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It is quite interesting the way your stanzas shorten near the end. I would suggest however that you try and find rhyming words for the last ones. I quite like the contrast between the 'happy' beginning and sad end ! A pretty good job.

Posted 6 Years Ago

"Seven years ago when
I booked our bridal room
When you asked to be
My groom"

Loved that rhyme xD
Thumbs up for that (random part of my review)

There was such a great transition at the end. You literally punched me in the guts with the ending i had no idea it was coming :D.
And with that sharp transition came a powerful sadness with the finality and for some reason that moved me more that i thought it would. That takes skill on the writer's part. So congratulations on a wonderful piece :D


Posted 6 Years Ago

Very O'henryish

Posted 6 Years Ago

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. sad..didn't expect this to be about loss...

Posted 6 Years Ago

Romantic, sad and lined with beautiful imagery. The story of an incomplete love. Light and Fragile emotions easily broken into smaller pieces yet never to be picked up and fixed. Keep writing.

Posted 6 Years Ago

Wonderful write Marie to compromise all before the Great Love..beautiful lines too..

Posted 6 Years Ago

Sad and filled with deep heart wretching emotions!

Posted 6 Years Ago

So much emotion in this piece.
It started off as a fairytale but sadly didn't end as one.
People come and go, they fall in and out of love.
Guess that's just how life is. Well done.

Posted 6 Years Ago

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36 Reviews
Added on September 22, 2011
Last Updated on September 22, 2011


Marie Harrison
Marie Harrison

Atlanta, GA

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