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Prism of Endearment
by Karen Palumbo
Monday, September 20, 2010
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              Prism of endearment.....


A man of years stood on a worn wooden deck,
of a war torn ship that has seen it all.
Sails fill and flap accepting trade wind breezes,
thoughts of life a long time ago begin to call.

Remembering his family, Victorian home,
all those years ago when garden was plush.
Children were many and all very young,
sitting under a shade tree, no reason to rush.

Been many years since last pulling into port,
will his family remember the man who departed?
Leaving with promise, a dream, a mission,
returning with honor, but a spirit broken hearted.

The life envisioned was a prism of endearment,
a mother, a father, observing their children grow.
A promise made once, unable to fulfill,
now much older with virtually nothing to show.

Many medals and undying respect from peers,
shiny gold buttons, a new sword at his side.
Commandeering and sinking others at sea,
but the blessing of home life was forced to slide.

Ocean mist continuously kisses his face,
as he clearly remembers the life left behind.
Will she be waiting on the widow's walk,
where women before came and went in kind.

Slowly rubbing his moist unkempt beard,
as if to comfort and soothe internal fears.
Bright blue sky peppered with white clouds,
as he tries to hold back and hide his tears.

Through his looking glass he sees a woman,
surrounded by men, women, children at her side.
As his ship comes closer, closer into port,
images grow clearer and his eyes open wide.

She has grown older the same as he,
yet, her beauty, makes his heart pound.
All these years, she never lost hope,
now he is anxious to set foot on ground.

The family he long ago left behind,
has tripled in size as his children grew.
They too have families all their own,
another chance at the family he hardly knew.

 A man of years stood on a worn wooden deck,
of a war torn ship that has seen it all.
Sails fill and flap accepting trade wind breezes,
thoughts of life a long time ago begin to call.


Written by:
Karen Palumbo
Photography by:
Robert Palumbo
9/20/2010 © All rights reserved 


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Reviewed by Barbara Terry 10/7/2010
I really love happy endings. There was a story I read a long time ago about a man who had left his family behind to go and explore the world, and went back the family 15 years later. I forgot the name of the book, but it was very good. Who said we can't go home again?

May the Lord Bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and walk by your side. With love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister Barbie.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/5/2010
Thank you for sharing this story in verse, Karen. It is filled with emotion and meaning. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 10/5/2010
Oh my.. this is Excellent writing sweet lady also your hunny took a wonderful photo well done to both of you..stay safe and well..Hugss
Reviewed by Inspire Hope 10/4/2010
What an excellent poetic story! Much appreciated Karen. May the Lord continue to inspire you each day! Well...Robert has done it again...beautiful picture! Please tell him to keep up the good work! Hug my darlings too!!( those adorable two..hope they are well! )

Much Love,
Reviewed by Emile Tubiana 10/3/2010
Dear Karen,This is not only a nice poem but a great story. It reminds me of stories of WWI and WWII. God Bless, Love emile
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 9/29/2010
Wonderful, vivid and emotional story-telling within your poem, Karen. Beautifully done! ~Hugs, Elizabeth
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 9/27/2010
Riveting poem, Karen. I like how it comes full circle with the repeated verse. Makes this seem more epic. Love and Hugs,
Reviewed by Douglas Bentley 9/27/2010

What a saga!!
The captain of a ship at sea
When on land didn't know what to be

Outstanding Poetic Journey
Reviewed by David Maclellan 9/25/2010
Karen, what an insightful and historical look into the life of our ancient mariners. They were hard and enduring days that are often portrayed as adventurous and gung-ho, but your poem reveals the humanistic side of the loneliness and hardships that they endured. A truly enjoyable read.
Best regards
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 9/24/2010
You brought him to life Karen. Rich in characterization and descriptives. Very emotive and well penned.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 9/24/2010
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 9/24/2010
very good poetic story telling Karen, rhymed and timed, cheers
Reviewed by Rebecca McKeehan 9/23/2010
Ah, Karen, a beautiful tale for sure! Rebecca
Reviewed by JMS Bell 9/22/2010
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 9/22/2010
So beautifully painted, like a dream~
Reviewed by Mary Coe 9/22/2010
An awesome story you told in with poem.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 9/22/2010
Karen this is truly beautiful as an old sailor from my youth I felt every line...
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 9/21/2010
A 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle story! Beautifully framed, Karen...Blessed Be.

Reviewed by Paul Drouillard 9/21/2010


Reviewed by E T Waldron 9/21/2010
Such beautifully written, poignant reminiscence,Karen!
Superb poem!
Reviewed by Donna Chandler 9/21/2010
A beautiful story well told with beautiful words. True love never dies.

Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 9/21/2010
This is a wonderful story poem Karen
and really reaches out with the value
and unexplainable worth of family ties
and just how important our lives are
shared with each other...
Always A Blessing To Read Your Work
Love & Inspiration
Reviewed by D Johnson 9/21/2010
Wonderful story, Karen...well told.

Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 9/21/2010
a very kind tribute and so nicely written. The widow's walk, very romantic image. -Morgan
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 9/21/2010
Your writing is absolutely stunning! I could almost feel that misty air and the gloom that he was feeling about the unknown. Elation found my heart when he saw his beautiful wife still waiting..This is absolutely a wonderful epic poem!

Peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/21/2010
So beautiful, Karen -- well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 9/21/2010

Wonderful write. I'm sure when people leave their families, they often wonder what could have been.

Reviewed by Jon Willey 9/21/2010
Karen, such a moving "Prism of Endearment". The emotions of love, pride and uncertainty are ringed within a circle of joy and understanding. A work worthy as a monument for the personal retrospects of many. Sailors or no. May this day be filled with love and joy for you my dear friend. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 9/21/2010
Beautiful poetry and image, Karen; very well penned/illustrated! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Burleson, Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 9/21/2010
This poem, to me, is one huge metaphor. It reminds me of my Uncle Mac who served in World War II and barely survived the Bataan Death March and Japanese prison camps. He came home weighing less than one hundred pounds to a wife who didn't know him and nightmare which consumed him. He died a broken man in a nursing home in Ft. Worth, Texas, a decorated, beaten man.
Reviewed by George Carroll 9/21/2010
Wonderful sea tale and I have such a picture of a sea captain as you described. Great poetry

Reviewed by Paul Berube 9/21/2010
Beautiful poetic story telling, Karen. God bless.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 9/21/2010
An excellent poem Karen,perfection in each word you penned.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 9/21/2010
Karen, this is beautiful and such a lovely tribute.
Reviewed by Paul Judges 9/20/2010
Delightfully achieved poem, Karen
Reviewed by John Flanagan 9/20/2010
Thoughtful, tender writing, Karen,
understanding and wisdom in each verse
and, characteristically of you, fine worthwhile detail.

Reviewed by TONY NERONE 9/20/2010
As a teen I was a sailor I was to young to have anybody waiting on me but my Mom was. I love this vivid tale of a sailors life.

Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 9/20/2010
Great poem. Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak deck. It's been so many years, so grateful for respect. Patrick
Reviewed by Susan Smith 9/20/2010
Wonderful poem to honor the sacrifices of sailors and their families to defend us.
Reviewed by John Coppolella 9/20/2010
The ocean mist kissed your pen with this winsome tale!
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