By Charles Robert Lindholm 

I cannot write in cursive
when I write poetry,
when I write about you
and the life we had 

I have to print slowly
and steadily
as the feelings
and emotions
roll over my soul again,
like a new tsunami
every time I write about us
in a new and different poem 

I have to hold my hand steady
through the wave of tears
and the aftershocks
of a life changing earthquake
in my heart
and life
that ended us 

my hand shakes
and wavers
when I try to write
about you
and us 

my words end up
looking like the scribbled lines
of a child
with no meaning
to anyone but me
if I attempt
to write in cursive

so I have to print
each letter
and each word
in order for a reader
to feel my feelings
and understand
what my heart
wants to say 

I cannot write
in cursive
when I write

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Inspired by Vyen’s poem “She Is The Poem” on Poetsalbum on WordPress.com  Thank you for your little seed of inspiration to me.


  1. Greatly penned, dear Chuck with deep feelings of what has happened to you in your life.
    The ripple effect still continues in your words, like stormy waves. Those feelings come up and erupt like a volcano that is sleeping every now and then and time and again opens its wounds with a bleeding heart, like hot lava running down from the mountain of our being.

    Just let your tears flow they will help to wash away the deep pain.
    May sunshine fill your heart

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    • Didi, your comments were so right on!! I’m so happy you enjoy this. Loved your volcano image! Stays dormant for so long and then unexpectedly and for no apparent reason it erupts for awhile. Memories are like that and the most emotional and powerful ones can be like lava, for sure! I am so happy now and wouldn’t change a thing, but still, some of those recorded memories still have powerful and painful emotions tied to them! I so enjoy your comments, Dear Friend!!!
      Blessings to you, Didi. Hope you have a great week!

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      • Welcome, my friend 🙂
        Yes, memories are like bubbles – they rise every now and then from the depth of our sub-conscious ocean of being as bursting bubbles carrying old emotions with them. I am happy that you have overcome old wounds 🙂
        All good wishes to you

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    • Ohhh, My Dear E!!! You have made my Month!!!! Wow, to have something I wrote compared to eating a piece of chocolate is a Super honor!! And you, Dear E, are as sweet as chocolate too! It is such a joy to know my words have reached out and touched You! Hope you have a great week!!


    • I am so deeply moved that you felt this way! A poet’s highest reward is to know that something they wrote reached out and touched the heart and soul of a reader!! You have given that to me! Thank you so very much! That second stanza got a couple of tear drops on it when writing. It seems if the 2nd stanza has captured you it is most likely because you too have been there?? I am so honored by your sweet comment and view!!!

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    • Thank you, Dear Yonnie for your kind and sweet comment!! This was written from memories of the past. Luckily for me, it was just a rogue memories that slipped into my consciousness! Life is wonderful now!!
      Thank you so very much for your tender care and concern for this Little Ol’ Poet! You just made my day, My Dear!!!

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      • You are indeed welcome. 🙏
        I am so thankful to know that your fine. There are some memories of past of love ones, a dear friend…whatever the case maybe that take us back for a moment. I call those Treasured Sentimental Memories…💜

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