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

  • Mahtab Bangalee (6/24/2019 5:06:00 AM)

    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,

    ...../// beautiful poem penned

    you were
    into the veins
    as the love,
    now every bud
    seeing the rising sun
    for your scarcity of a bit smiling
    ............//// yeah touching
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  • Prabir Gayen (12/15/2018 12:35:00 PM)

    Heart touching poem dear poetess...... (Report)Reply

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  • Luz Hanaii (11/19/2018 9:16:00 AM)

    So sad to hear about this situation, about Fiona and the others. After reading your comment I found out this was your first poem posted in this site, funny how I picked this very poem to read from your list. Whatever the forces that may have been involved here cannot destroy their essence, eternal energy and the love others have for these women. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you. (Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/17/2018 1:35:00 AM)

    This is a shocking news, a profound poem dedicated to all missing persons is the generosity of the poetess who feel the pain and the agony of near and dear ones. Great gesture and a nice poem 100++ (Report)Reply

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  • Robert Murray Smith (7/3/2018 2:05:00 AM)

    An imaginative poignant poem of loss.++10 (Report)Reply

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  • Narayanan Kutty Pozhath (5/1/2018 12:13:00 AM)

    A very good expression of the situation. Good poem. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/15/2018 3:40:00 AM)

    An amazing tribute to Fiona! And all missing women. Only someone with great compassion and empathy could write such a heart-rending poem. Hazel, you have done her, and them, a great service. I wish that Prime Minister Trudeau would read this profound poem. Belated Congratulations on Poem Of The Day! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Binayakumar Mohanty (10/31/2017 1:39:00 AM)

    Your choice was love, as your soul ran free.Nicely crafted.Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Norah Tunney (8/22/2017 11:07:00 AM)

    Magnificently penned, in these short lines we feel Fiona's essence.What a beautiful tribute.
    I travelled on a bus to Moore , Co Kildare, the same night Jo Jo Dullard disappeared many years ago.
    Another beautiful young lover of life. No trace remains..........heartbreaking
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  • Hazel Durham (6/18/2017 10:41:00 PM)

    This was the first poem I posted to Poemhunter years ago at that time there was no option to reply, it is only in the last year or so they have introduced this option. I think at this stage it would be very unfair to reply to only a few comments as they are all wonderful comments. I'm humbled and delighted with the amazing response to my poem!
    Thank you all so much!
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  • The Poet Poet (6/18/2017 9:15:00 PM)

    you have drawn so many comments
    sad u haven't replied even one
    lady in PH
    it's not done
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  • 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

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  • Dev Anand (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

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  • 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

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  • (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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 7, 2012

Poem Edited: Saturday, September 22, 2012


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