Hazel Durham


The Essence Is You - Poem by Hazel Durham

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.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

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.

Comments about The Essence Is You by Hazel Durham

  • Rose Kanana (9/11/2016 7:01:00 AM)


    Such a sad narration of a dark cloud that befell her.Good poem (Report) Reply

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  • Akhtar Jawad (4/12/2016 11:42:00 AM)


    A touching poem on a national tragedy, the poetess has nicely described this tragedy. (Report) Reply

  • (3/12/2016 4:27:00 AM)


    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. BEautiful poem on the missing Fiona...... where did she disappear. Ireland is a small country.....but plenty of rocky areas. the sea.. where did she go. i am moved by this poem. thank you. dev
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  • Dimitrios Galanis (2/27/2016 3:58:00 PM)


    I came back to this poem of you, dear Hazel, it is my fourth time. A tribute so sensitive.You compare her to a flower as I did in my ''The flower''an elegie to a young niece of mine lost in her 29. Relatives and friends unfortunatelly have to live under the pain of events like that... (Report) Reply

  • Martina Moriarty Mc Carthy (2/26/2016 2:11:00 PM)


    I love the way you capture the heartbeat of pure innocence... Stunning read xxx (Report) Reply

  • (2/7/2016 1:40:00 PM)


    Your poem depicts the tragedy of this poor woman's life, but the legacy she left behind her still resonates the beauty of her being. A wonderful tribute to Fiona, a lasting treasure of her life in your poem.10++++++ Thank you for sharing. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Dimitrios Galanis (1/15/2016 1:51:00 PM)


    It's the first poem of yours I read.The impression, you are a true poetess.I'll read other ones before anwsering your comment on my poem.Best regards. (Report) Reply

  • Dr.subhendu Kar (12/17/2015 8:56:00 AM)


    When you disappeared the sun was blotted out,
    Dark clouds brooding over the town.....heartfelt write to delve intense glory of love by the wonderful imagery and metaphor,10++, thanks for sharing dear Hazel!
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/17/2015 7:18:00 AM)


    Cherishing the roots of life. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (12/2/2015 10:53:00 AM)


    Forces unknown had swallowed you up,
    No trace remains of the flower that was you.. a tragedy.
    but the essence lingers long. Essence is you watching from above. it is a lovely memorial.. this poem touches the heart. thank you dear Poetess. tony
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/5/2015 3:14:00 PM)


    You are the nice essence in lover's life and you are destiny oh God. The essence is you watching from heavens view. Very interesting poem shared really. Nice sharing...10 (Report) Reply

  • (10/14/2015 4:51:00 PM)


    Lovely sonnet and beautiful tribute. Especially loved lines seven and eleven. Very ell done. (Report) Reply

  • Martina Moriarty Mc Carthy (9/28/2015 1:39:00 PM)


    Beautiful thoughts xxx Martina (Report) Reply

  • Mary Mc Creath (9/23/2015 2:33:00 AM)


    A beautiful tribute to a person known and loved. I enjoyed your poem (Report) Reply

  • (9/2/2015 9:26:00 AM)


    A lovely memorial that touches the heart with selectively placed words. Piece of great elegance Hazel. Thanks for writing this poem in remembrance of the teenager and others who went missing. Remain blessed. (Report) Reply

  • Gary H (8/8/2015 3:46:00 PM)


    Very sad and well done liked it thats for true. (Report) Reply

  • Yewande Adedokun (7/21/2015 9:42:00 AM)


    I love The Essence of You and the caution of sadness that be gets every beautiful thing (Report) Reply

  • (7/18/2015 1:26:00 AM)


    Yes, death leaves no trace....10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (6/6/2015 3:56:00 PM)


    A sad story of loss yet a creative and compelling composition. Well done my friend! (Report) Reply

  • Clarence Prince (5/17/2015 3:38:00 PM)


    A great tribute to Fiona Pender!
    whatever happen to her it's sad!
    Thanks for sharing, Hazel!
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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 7, 2012

Poem Edited: Saturday, September 22, 2012


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