Treasure Island

Bonnie Collins

(February 27 1947 / Middletown New York)

The Paradox


Somehow between the paradox of
heaven and hell is where my soul
was left with you

Twirling so fast like a volcano trying
to erupt, smoke from the burning
ashes signifing the empty desire
you left with in me

Howling like the tropical wind upon
a fierce strom at sea, I can still
recall every word you said to me

Recalling exactly where you stood,
the cologne you wore I can close my
eyes and still see the october moon

A paradox of heaven and hell, you gave
me the heaven but never told me there
would be hell...

Submitted: Thursday, January 31, 2008
Edited: Saturday, July 26, 2008

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  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (11/3/2008 9:58:00 PM)

    UMMM....For better or worse...? lol!
    Lots of verve, and poignance here, and delivered with smooth fluxion....Very nicely done, Bonnie!

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  • Alison Cassidy (2/2/2008 9:02:00 PM)

    Yes, love can be like that - a paradox, but I guess the roller coaster you describe is more exciting than the merry go round of most relationships. You have expressed your angst with originality and skill in this bitter/sweet poem. Your last stanza sums it up very well and provides a satisfying cadence to the whole. love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Report) Reply

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