Hazel Durham


The Essence Is You


Lover of life, every man dreamt of you being his wife,
Long blond hair shimmering in the sunlight,
A golden face, forever smiling,
You held the reins of your destiny,
Your choice was love, as your soul ran free,
Cherishing the roots that made you,
When you disappeared the sun was blotted out,
Dark clouds brooding over the town,
Suspicions, hearsay and rumours abound,
Forces unknown had swallowed you up,
No trace remains of the flower that was you,
Only sadness and death is left on the doorstep,
The essence lingers long over a midland throng,
The essence is you watching from heavens view.

Submitted: Friday, September 07, 2012
Edited: Saturday, September 22, 2012

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This poem is a tribute to Fiona Pender who went missing from her home in Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland sixteen years ago. Remembering Fiona and all the other women who are still missing in Ireland.

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  • Rookie - 543 Points James Fitzpatrick (1/6/2015 7:59:00 PM)

    This is a beautiful poem, and it must tell a story I would love to know about. If it was lyrical it would probably lose it's dept but might sing. Wonderful (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 15,138 Points Valsa George (9/13/2014 12:23:00 AM)

    Congratulations on this poem being selected as poem of the day! A poignant write! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 7,163 Points Daniel Brick (9/12/2014 11:01:00 PM)

    This is a remarkable sonnet. Although the subject is tragic, the writing of it is assured, focused, deep, with no trace of false feeling. You did not let anything mar our impression of this young woman, she is a victim and deserves complete sympathy. The line WHEN YOU DISAPPEARED THE SUN WAS BLOTTED OUT cut me to the quick, and then the despair of NO TRACE REMAINS OF THE FLOWER THAT YOU WERE. This is the kind of poem that opens hearts. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,181 Points Lyn Paul (9/12/2014 6:16:00 PM)

    A moving write with your notes giving us the complete story. Thank you Hazel, I remembered these words. All your poems could be poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 8,346 Points Mr. Nobody (9/12/2014 9:21:00 AM)

    I guess we all start as lovers of life,
    it comes and it goes and the wheel
    of sadness keeps rolling.
    This place is about suffering
    creation will always be karmic
    and the wheel keeps rolling...


    nice write, as always! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 20,492 Points Akhtar Jawad (9/12/2014 8:13:00 AM)

    Missing persons are in Pakistan too. Death is not so painful but to miss someone and not knowing whether he is alive or dead is too painful. An impressive poem. A well deserved poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,699 Points Terry Craddock (9/12/2014 3:48:00 AM)

    Beautifully written, loved especially the beginning beauty, but as this is real life and I like happy endings, I was appalled by the tragedy and the sinister reality of the ending. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,725 Points Abekah Emmanuel (9/12/2014 2:59:00 AM)

    An outstanding and simple poet, always capturing themes that appeals to the heart. A well written tribute. Keep it up! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,508 Points Bernard Snyder (9/12/2014 2:25:00 AM)

    Hazel, this is one of the most beautiful poem I 've read in years. Also, congrats' on being voted as 'poem of the day'!
    Well-desrved and I am honored to have had the opportunity to enjoy this. Thanks for sharing! I had to vote a 10' on this! ! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,139 Points Khairul Ahsan (5/30/2014 12:00:00 PM)

    'Suspicions, hearsay and rumours abound,
    Forces unknown had swallowed you up,
    No trace remains of the flower that was you, ' - You have realistically captured the scene and the effects of the disappearance.
    Best wishes... (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,738 Points Geetha Jayakumar (9/12/2013 12:03:00 PM)

    Congratulations Hazel...
    A Deep and Touching tribute to Fiona and missing Souls....
    Beautifully penned.....Loved reading it. ++++10 (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,639 Points Anthony Di''anno (9/12/2013 9:04:00 AM)

    A tragic tale tenderly tended.
    You are a very talented writer Hazel. Your work always brings depth and sensitivity. Poemhunter is all the better for having you :) (Report) Reply

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