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Author Name: FreeBarbara D. 25 Comments
Date Added: October 27, 2006 00:10:56 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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The Phone Call


Her face beams, aglow with pride

The gates of joy swing open wide

A smile presses trembling lips

The phone rests at her fingertips


Her eyes are fixed in disbelief

A sigh escapes; exhaled relief

His words flirt inside her head

She replays everything he said


“I’m coming home, on Monday’s flight.

My arms will hold you, every night.

I love you more each passing moon.

Sweetheart, I will be with you soon.”


At midnight, Friday was replaced

An ‘X’, the mark upon his face

Minutes are slow, they tick away

The morn delivers Saturday


Soft music makes her reminisce

Of his embrace and gentle kiss

Of tumbled curls; a sheepish grin

Of his firm jaw and dimpled chin


Her shopping done, happy to find

His favorite food and preferred wine

The little things that make him smile

The perfect dress, a flawless style


As evening whisks the day away

She scrawls an ‘X’ on Saturday

Time had become a friend, she found

Content, she turns the covers down


Sunday morning church bells ring

She hears a distant choir sing

Bouquets of flowers fill the room

Her life is fragrant, in full bloom


Her true love is only hours away

A mist of romance haunts the day

By bed and bath candles await

On satin sheets she’ll lay her mate


Monday is mother to skies of gray

Dark clouds mourn the weeping day

At two p.m. the call came in

“We’re notifying next of kin…”


In that instant, her spirit died

Sorrow’s gate, now open wide

The phone rests at her fingertips

Hot tears roll by her trembling lips


Her eyes are fixed in disbelief

A sigh escapes; exhaled grief

His last words live inside her head

She replays everything he said


“I’m coming home, on Monday’s flight.

My arms will hold you, every night.

I love you more each passing moon.

Sweetheart, I will be with you soon.”


As mourners gather church bells ring

In tears, she mourns, the choir sings

Bouquets of flowers fill the room

Her life is black, all light consumed


Her true love, eternally away

A ghost of romance haunts the day

By his graveside, candles wait

On satin sheets she laid her mate

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Comment By: FreesHeRi on February 23, 2010 10:24:07 PM Report
In awe over this you drew an entire story filled with such vivid descriptive emotion from beggining to end is nothing more than brillant Barb..congrats to you..yet not shocked that it recieved it.



Comment By: FreeAlfred on October 31, 2009 11:03:13 PM Report
"On satin sheets she laid her mate". Now that's haunting. A wonderful piece of literature.
Comment By: Freepaul holmes on October 13, 2009 02:42:28 PM Report
Very touching poem. So sad.
Comment By: FreeThe Bag Lady on September 18, 2009 12:29:37 PM Report
BEAUTIFULLY written, dear Barbara....and this so deserved the award~!  Such love to only slip into karmic death....
Ahhhh....always a treat to read from your journal of thought....
Maggie......readin' with a cup of coffee...
Comment By: FreeSergio Ayotte on September 8, 2009 06:18:56 PM Report

What imagery of hope, optimism, love, anticipation, loss and resignation. Thank you for your lovely words, The award is well justified!

Comment By: FreeFilthy on April 5, 2009 06:47:01 PM Report
Now that's a powerfull poem! That award is a worthy one for this Barbara...
Comment By: PremiumJMK on December 1, 2008 07:31:02 PM Report
OMG...completely brought tears to my eyes...the excitement...the utter depression of it you!
Comment By: FreeMary on October 24, 2008 10:11:53 AM Report
awwwwwwww this was such a great poem omg i loved soo sorry well deserved award an i especially loved the ending how yu connected it to the beginning wowowowow impressive going on my #1 favs.....


Comment By: Premiumjohn j. carey on October 5, 2008 02:57:11 PM Report
how did i ever miss this is beyond words.........john .
Comment By: FreeSteve on June 2, 2008 09:36:53 PM Report
How did I miss this wonderful poem and the award?  Congratulations on this award.
Comment By: FreeSilkinTears on May 1, 2008 12:07:34 AM Report
This is so sad and so well written...very deserving of an award Barbara.

Comment By: FreeFLETCHER on April 30, 2008 02:11:50 PM Report
Heartfelt Wonder. Your expression is beyond compar. Excellent write

Well Deserved Award.
Yours ............Fletch

Comment By: FreeAdri on April 30, 2008 05:27:31 AM Report
Wow...  this is brilliant!  Not that the others are not, but this one has an air of aristocracy between poems. 
Congratulations!!!  Well well deserved.

Adri x

Comment By: FreeMoon Fairy on April 29, 2008 11:41:31 PM Report
The flood gates opened wide during this write and made me feel in that woman's shoes.
Very good write and creative! Congratulations hun--


Comment By: FreeLady Dragonwyck on April 28, 2008 09:53:16 AM Report
Barbara:  a beautifully written poem --- and very deserving of the Feature Poem Award.


Lady D

Comment By: FreeAmy on April 28, 2008 06:31:03 AM Report
Congrats on the Feature Award! This is a sad but very well constructed poem. The reader can't help but be taken on the emotional roller coaster that your subject is riding. Kudos to you!
Comment By: FreePaul Peter McLean on April 18, 2008 08:05:15 PM Report
Very good work, Barbara. You handle the two different moods - of blissful expectation, and of grief - with equal ease and ability. The way you repeat certain phrases is well done; you set both the happy and the sad scenes so well, that the same phrase can take on different feelings with each use, as I'm sure you realise. Well-constructed piece all round. Well done. I don't know why this hasn't won an FP award. Unless, of course, you haven't yet submitted it, in which case, you should.
Comment By: FreeHarold Ham McLelland on May 6, 2007 09:54:42 PM Report
Wow!!!  The journey was first filled with excited anticipation of a love reuniting...  And then it turned into a love which never can be reunited...  Your artistry is amazing!!!  This is a wonderful work Barbara...
Comment By: TrialAnn on October 27, 2006 03:48:56 PM Report
Yes indeed, you produced the tearjerker of the week, month, maybe year. Well done!

Comment By: Freemystical angel on October 27, 2006 11:54:41 AM Report
i am at loss of words

the whole poem is beautiful is a sad way

may god bless her

Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on October 27, 2006 09:33:27 AM Report
 Omg.... This poem breaks my heart to read how painful.. the hopes and the tears mingle with this poem of sadness.. I'm loss for words?? Hugs and love ~ She Whispers

Comment By: FreeGlata on October 27, 2006 08:50:31 AM Report
Dear lord, this is too sad for words!!! To lose someone that you love like this....I couldn't imagine. How utterly horrid!!! Beautiful work, but what a terribly sad topic!

Hugs hon.....and love ya!


Comment By: FreeCeeCee on October 27, 2006 08:24:40 AM Report


I believe this is one of your repost was very well done!  The difference in the use of satin sheets was very well done.




Comment By: FreeAdri on October 27, 2006 03:13:51 AM Report

Oh Barbara...  his is heartbreaking...  I don't know what to say.  It is unbelievably sad.  You mould the poem so beautifully, with the excitement in the stat, and the total grief in the end...  Beautiful, heart breaking write Barbara...
Adri x

Comment By: FreeJoe on October 27, 2006 12:59:40 AM Report
Barbara, I don't know what to say, but this is beautiful beyond words. You have taken me from one emotion to another with style and grace. Thankyou. Joe


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