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,
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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

  • (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

  • 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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  • Robert Murray Smith (6/27/2017 6:11:00 PM)

    A thoughtful poignant write. I am very privileged to have read your beautiful poem. Thank you.+++++10

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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Kim Barney (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

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