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Author Name: FreeTristan 5 Comments
Date Added: December 06, 2010 16:12:34 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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The Puzzle of You
The Puzzle of You
My night was haunted by the distance from
my heart to where your mem'ry touched my cheek,
and dreams were visions spent in search of you
as if by reaching you my mind could sleep.
With lampstand light enough to break the dark,
I searched for ways to pass the wakeful hours;
I chanced to find a puzzle on the shelf
which offered a distraction from the night.
The puzzle shared with me a mountain scene,
allowing me escape from sleeplessness,
enchanting colors haunted every piece
and I held hands with nature in the night.
From snow-capped peak through hazy timberline
there ran a stream that burst from piney woods
and spawned a mountain lake from winter’s snows
to tell the tale of life the seasons know.
As pieces shaped the picture’s beauty there,
an angst within my heart had reached within
to mock my thoughts that, with the last piece placed,
there might remain a space with no piece left.
And there amid the beauty of the scene
a missing piece would tell what words dared not –
the story of a life left unfulfilled
with beauty all around the emptiness.
As fears of loss and black holes taunted me,
the hours birthed a perfect mountain scene
with every piece securely in its place --
yet with the beauty came the unforeseen.
The piece that I feared missing must be there...
so wonderfully the puzzle laid complete.
Yet in my hand was left a single piece
with colors of the trees and sky and stream.
Then thoughtful questions wandered through my mind
– to what end did I hold this extra piece?
And could this piece hold meaning  in my life?
The puzzle there without it was complete.
So fears of missing life might not be real,
and working puzzles may fulfill a dream
where passion intervenes and writes the end,
and a puzzle's piece remains to mirror love.

When I reflect on memories of you
expressed, in part, by fitful, sleepless nights --
are missing pieces really demon's toys,
or do they tell me of a quiet love?
The empty places in our lives are real
yet never was my quest to change your life.
I miss way we were so long ago
and wish to let you know this part of me.
The extra piece of puzzle in my life
is you who know my heart – with love and more...
so puzzles are my own reality –
my main desire is that you understand.
The dawn has chased the darkness from the room,
the treasured piece is locked within my heart.
The riddle of the puzzle is complete,
and you’re the key that solves the mystery.
Author's Notes:
Quatrains composed in Blank Verse (unrhymed lines written in iambic pentameter) as used by poets such as Shelley, Keats, Wordsworth, Marlowe, and Browning.  This is a slightly philosophical poem written during a sleepless night about the a piece of a puzzle that was complete without it.  The poem attempts to cover many aspects of our lives from pain and sleepless nights to the questions we have about passion for life and love...  as usual, its written for my loving Muse who is the only one up with me all night long -- and who was gracious enough to share some thoughts to this piece.
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Comment By: FreeLeonard Wilson on October 12, 2011 05:43:08 AM Report
Shelley, Keats, Wordsworth, Marlowe, and Browning

Name dropper..hee hee

Didn't you forger Dr. Seuss?...len

Comment By: FreeMichelle on February 13, 2011 10:23:40 PM Report

Puzzles do make incredible metaphors for life, no? Beautiful and eloquent, and as always, layered with introspection and meaning that touches the soul.


Thanks for sharing,


Comment By: FreeLinda Jo on December 7, 2010 02:36:07 PM Report

Tristan, what a beautiful and worthwhile way to fill your waking hours when slumber refuses to come...deep and honest soul-searching with meaningful contemplation. I see with wisdom you've solved the riddle that is so common to us, as poets...and loving individuals.  Each stanza is beautifully expressed in question form...then in answer form.

When our life seems so full and there room for more passion?...or is that an extra piece to the puzzle that goes un-used but cherished just the same?  Your poetry always reaches out to me and touches  me on a higher level...identifying as well as  awakening thoughts and emotions that I too am dealing with in my life.  This, I consider to be another one of your it is not just a beautiful example of exemplary poetry...but a "teacher" as well.  thank you kindly for sharing.  Incredible!

Comment By: FreeCindy Bendel on December 6, 2010 09:56:16 PM Report
Brilliant! Beautiful! 
So full of meaning and the contemplation a sleepless night can bring in the darkest hours. 

Your words and heart continue to take my breath away.

~Cindy xo

Comment By: Freemaggie lopez sherry wilbur on December 6, 2010 04:51:48 PM Report
was a well written love song to the heart and soul. Impressive. Always Maggie.


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