Baudelaire by Dawn Pisturino

The ghostly image of a beautiful young maiden against the backdrop of a stone wall and stone tiled floor
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when i saw you there

lying on the cold stone slab

your virgin beauty pure as white marble

i remembered why i loved you

and all the promises we made

you no longer see me

except in dreams far away

you no longer hear me

except when celestial angels

open your ear with a golden horn

but i can touch you

and suckle the cold white breast

as empty as your heart

and kiss the waxen lips

devoid of blood

your infinite beauty

is so much more

than your finite body

could ever bear

in this suffering world

someday my soul

will follow you into the ether

and find you smiling

like a gleeful child

in the arms of god


Dawn Pisturino is a retired registered nurse in Arizona, USA whose publishing credits include poems, limericks, short stories, and articles. Please visit her at Dawn Pisturino’s Blog.

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Dawn’s touching poetry represents an eternal bond of love, faith, and hope. The reasons we love, the reasons we let go, the consolation that suffering is temporary and there will be a place of renewed dreams and aspirations. This poem is a reminder of what we fear and the strength we gather to face those tragic moments. A contemplative start to the year…
    Congratulations Dawn!

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    1. Thank you so much, Terveen! I’ve got this up on my blog now. Have a beautiful day and a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2023!

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  2. I fully agree with you Terveen, Dawn’s poetry is amazingly beautiful, tender and at the same time intense and powerful. Delightful to read.

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    1. You touch my heart, Francisco! Thanks so much!

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      1. Always my pleasure Dawn.

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  3. jonicaggiano says:

    Wow this is a powerful and such a beautiful piece Dawn. Your words take ones breath away, just a beautiful write. So glad to read you again here. Blessings and hugs, Joni

    “but i can touch you
    and suckle the cold white breast
    as empty as your heart
    and kiss the waxen lips

    Gorgeous lines!!!!

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        You are so welcome Dawn, just a splendid piece of writing!

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  4. Meelosmom says:

    A beautiful poem, Dawn. We are always connected to that divine source of love.

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    1. Absolutely! Thank you, Barbara!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Lazarus says:

    I love how beautifully written this is.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much!


  6. Michele Lee says:

    Intriguing write, Dawn. Nice work!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you, Michele!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Truly an incredible piece Dawn with so much heart and hope in your words with a connection to the mother.

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