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Image of calm water with hanging branch in foreground and rocks by Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho via Wikimedia Commons
Image source: Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho via Wikimedia Commons


Too many pleas fall on deaf ear, unheard;

Too many dreams hide in the dark, unseen;

Too many souls flee an unspoken word;

Too many wounds decay, remain unclean.

A single note is missed; a life undone,

A single failure; destiny altered.

The silence separates a pair; now one,

The steady youthful footsteps have faltered.

Now is the time to ask if life goes on—

a muted voice, in limbo, on the edge

of an abyss, slip-sliding down, now gone—

in mid-fall stopped by a protruding ledge.

That single heart subduing the regret

and cursing the saved with a sweet, sweet debt.

Note: This poem was originally published on Working Writers and Bloggers



HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at


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