Bring back thoughts of you
as sun comes shining—

grain, golden,
hair, gilted as well,
the sound of a step
different from all others.

My heart— ready to greet you.
Only with the heart can one see.
But I shall cry.
(I shall cry.)

An Erasure Poem
Taken from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry with some adaptation for the quadrille of 44 words.

Revised and linked for Grace’s Quadrille prompt at dVerse Poets. Join us!


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29 thoughts on “Requiem

  1. My favorite line: Only with the heart can one see.


  2. M says:

    one of my favorite books, and an excellent erasure ~

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  3. merrildsmith says:

    Lovely, touching poem. I would never know it’s an erasure poem, but somehow there is sense of The Little Prince in there, too.
    Sorry about your wrists. I hope you are healing well.

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  4. Lovely poem. I recently re-read The Little Prince. It’s a favorite. I first read it in French while taking said language in college. It is a grand source of words for an erasure poem and perfectly on prompt.

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  5. A beautiful erasure poem Victoria, I’ve always loved ‘The Little Prince’ – hope you’re mending well too xxx

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  6. Xan says:

    That’s just so lovely. Thank you.

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  7. I think I may have a little cry after reading this. That last stanza especially.

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  8. SMiLes like Sun that Never ever really goes away
    in an Eclipse of Visit i’m back again to say Hello
    Victoria.. there are those who do not fear
    A Hello For/From someone returning
    From a Darkest Place
    No Doubt what
    A Hospice
    Best as Well on
    A Journey Long in
    Light as Journey Now
    Even Shorter Long in Dark…
    i watched my Mother go to ‘that place’
    8 Days in February of 2017 her wish no
    Food or Drink.. a ‘Surprise’ for us on Valentine’s
    Day Her Death Bed from Stage Four Cancer undetected
    Before then as yes even with Bleeding from Cancer in her
    Brain she managed to Defeat my Sister with a Couple of
    Master’s Degrees in Scrabble as my Mother was never
    one to go
    any other
    way but her own
    Smiles my Friend
    there are days when
    Hard Headed Beats Fearless
    Hands up or down for Will in Darkest Light
    i am so Sorry to Hear that you Broke both Your
    Wrists i had a bit of a scare last Week Slamming
    my Right Ring Finger Between two 100 LB Iron
    Plates as sure after i got out of living Hell i decided
    i too would never go Quietly in any way at all..
    Smiles.. 1340 LBS Later Leg Pressing 18
    Reps.. now a 7.1 MiLLioN Word Long
    Form Free Verse Poem in 71 Months
    And 11,626 Miles of Public Dance
    too Along that path hehe.. i went
    Video Viral through Smart Phone
    Video Voyeurs and Famous and
    Even Folk Legend without even
    making a Penny of of
    any of it but Free to
    Give and Share
    Just Free to
    Give and
    share returning
    from DArK into Light
    to Staycation my FriEnd..
    as i am Celebrating my 6th Year
    of Heaven within True the Story of
    Jesus surely does not lie about that
    Human Autotelic Potential in Flow Eternally Now
    but You See i still remember who supported me with
    Just Common Decency of the Human Species You
    And a Man Named Brian not afraid to reach out a
    Hello my Friend..
    to one who is outlier
    as they come and go…
    Truly That Visit to this place
    6 years ago to Meet You and Brian
    Set my Whole UniVerse in Motion to another
    Entirely Different Destination from where i came
    Before never discount as i know you do not the Value
    of Hello and Good Bye and Most Importantly See You later..:)

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    • Freddie, so good to “see” you. The story about your mother touched me deeply and I’m sorry for that hole in your heart that must abide. I cringed at your encounter with the weights…just when I was thinking of returning to some endurance work (with 2 lb free wts-ha). Don’t think my husband will buy the excuse though. Spiritual peace is such a treasure (to be worked for, of course) Blessings to you, friend.

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      • SMiLes.. Friend Victoria Blessings to You as Well Wishing You
        A Best Recovery to your Injured Wrists too.. Again with
        SMiLes i Feel Very Fortunate that i am Blessed
        With A Mother who Saw Nothing But Love
        As THE Ultimate Reward unto Love
        As A Force of Being Human..
        That Unique Soul
        of Love of my
        Lives in me Eternally
        Still Now both Born and Bred..
        True there are days i see the Reflection
        of my Father in the Mirror but Never do
        i miss the Love of my Mother as My Living
        Soul now Seamless she Never Leaves who i am my Friend..:)

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  9. Ayala Zarf says:

    Beautifully done. I have missed you.

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  10. Sabio Lantz says:

    Fine erasure — seems self-written

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  11. Truedessa says:

    I think we see clearer with the heart. So sorry to read about you injuries. Wishing you healing and strength in the days to come.

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  12. gillena cox says:

    Lovely poem, the beautiful sun at the foreground of sadness


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  13. rothpoetry says:

    Interesting how sunshine comes in many forms!

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  14. Beverly Crawford says:

    A gentle, touching poem. Good write! Heal quickly.

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  15. Lovely Victoria. I hope you are mending well.

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  16. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like the part about only seeing with the heart.

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  17. your erasure fits so neatly together – “the sound of a step
    different from all others.” – perfect!
    p.s. I broke my wrist a couple of years ago so I understand the frustration. Sunshine brings vit D which brings healing. Good to see you back

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  18. robtkistner says:

    This is really wonderful Victoria, very touching!

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  19. Your poem is wonderful Really missed you. Getting old is such a treat..I fell last month and broke my left hand. But, like you, I’m healing up.

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  20. Lovely erasure, so delicate and touching.

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  21. kim881 says:

    Hi Victoria! A sunny poem and a heart full of longing – I love the echo at the end.

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  22. Grace says:

    Beautifully touching Victoria. I specially admire that sound of step that is different from others.

    Thanks for being part of our team and community. Hope you are well.

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  23. kanzensakura says:

    Hi Victoria! It is SO good to see you again! and with such an outstanding poem. Yes, I shall cry too.

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