Comments : Absence

  • 4 years ago

    by Ben Pickard

    I was going to pick out parts from this poem that I loved, but decided that there were too many. Not a wasted word here, in my opinion; the imagery is outstanding throughout.
    I know you don't frequent the site quite as much as you used to and your posting of poetry is sparse to say the least but when I read verse like this, I am genuinely saddened that you don't write more. Nominated.

    All the very best,


  • 4 years ago

    by mistake

    I’m sure there are many people with whom this poem would resound. It all comes together and really gives a sense of feeling. Thank you for the letting us read

  • 4 years ago

    by Skyfire

    Such strong images without very many words. Beautiful and striking.

  • 4 years ago

    by Poet on the Piano

    Mel, I cannot express how good it is to see a new poem. I gasped and kind of did a double-take because I was that excited.

    You always are so eloquent in your poetry, and the ending lines especially were striking in emotion. It made me think of when we say farewell to something, burying the memories and the hardship, it's hard to come back and revisit. To become vulnerable again.

    Hope you're doing alright <3

  • 4 years ago

    by Saerelune

    I've missed your writing, and I can very much relate to this poem if my interpretation is correct.

    I feel like poetry has become such an integral part of my coping mechanism throughout life that when I don't write, everything else I'm doing feels like I'm simply putting plasters on my symptoms (e.g. How you beautifully and relatably referred to strepsils).

    Once you've done such a deep soul search through writing it's hard to accept it's just gone and part of you will always visit its tombstone, perhaps hoping to reconnect somehow with something that's long gone.

    Congrats on your win and thanks for sharing.

  • 4 years ago

    by Darren

    Congrats, great to see you writing again.

  • 4 years ago

    by D.

    I don't know how I missed this! It's so good to see new poetry from you. I've missed your writing dearly Mel. :) I stopped writing for almost a year, and I remembered the feeling of revisiting old poems - remembering exactly how I felt but feeling so disconnected at the same time. This piece stirs up a lot of thoughts in me, and I hope we see something else from you soon.