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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Mother (as in maternal parent) (04/24/08)

TITLE: Picture Perfect
By sarah rauch
04/27/08


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Picture Perfect

I never told you what was happening
in the dark and soaking fibre
of your family
my family

things never shared, never dared
to be exposed to God's light
that searing beam -
so they could shrivel and lose
the power or secrecy...

and still we pretended,
picture perfect
until the day God
called you home.

I was healed in dreams
of you -
how you acknowledge now
the truth never spoken,
never exposed...

You would have been proud of me
trembling with truth,
anxious with the heavy stone words
that dared not be acknowledged
(but carried for so long inside)

I spewed them and healing shook me
with long shuddering gasps
as the truth was exposed....
Dad is in jail now he walked the stony path
the heavy stone evidence laid out for him,
the words of testimony and truth
rending that dark and soaking fibre
that bound us all to silence

The searing beam has highlighted
and dissolved our picture
shrivelled our picture -
we lost our image of
your family
my family

we are not picture perfect
but, at least now,

God

is in the picture.


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terri tiffany05/07/08
I don't normally read poems but your title caught my eye and I must say this was really good! I loved the ending best:)