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By Sananne Wartabetian October 1, 2013

At last

Illustrated by MARC-ANDRÉ BRIÈRE


Walking briskly, he looks down,
A conversation still in mind.
But a light in his eyes appear,
For a tender thought has sailed through.

She looks up, lets out a sigh.
So much to do, she tells herself.
But there is a stir deep inside
Causing a longing in her heart.

And as they finally collide,
They feel safe in their embrace.
Lost in their world during late nights,
They barely notice the sunrise.

From full of love to full of angst.
Their eyes express what they both know.
The sweet moments don’t feel the same,
And with sad glances they both part.

A voice inside that now is heard
says: the heart has its capricious ways!
But a bonding of souls
Can never be taken away.

So, forever, the thought of her
Will light up his soft brown eyes.
And, forever, the thought of him
Will fill her with well-known longing.

About the author

Sananne Wartabetian is a Liberal Arts student attending Dawson College who loves writing and reading. Her favorite author right now is Paul Auster, though J K Rowling will always be her number 1. She wants to publish something important one day. She writes her column in The Plant, which she absolutely adores doing. She likes to play piano in her free times, and to watch TV shows during midterm period.

About the illustrator

Marc-André Brière believes in telling a story; with every piece he makes, he tries to hide a lot of meaning. His preferred mediums are graphite or inks, but he has grown fond of the practicality of digital and often mixes the two. The major influences in his style are Ralph Steadman, Alex Ross, Todd MacFarlane and Richard Corbin but its music that truly inspires him. His main goal is to break into the comic book industry as a writer or artist, but he also hopes to venture in cinema. He is a published poet, and is eager to establish his place in the world of illustration.


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    October 29, 2013

    I think this poem is beautifully raw. You have managed to capture an accurate portrayal of a type of relationship that everyone will experience at some point in their lives, which makes this piece easy to relate to. The fourth stanza is heartbreaking, but it is real. It is an incredibly painful moment in a relationship, but you have written it as a factual part of reality that cannot be ignored and I really think that works well. Your poem is genuine and I really think you have created something that is worth showcasing to the world. Keep writing and presenting these raw moments in your real way.

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    October 31, 2013

    This poem is stunning. It captures the emotions of two people on a collision course towards a relationship that will ultimately break them. However, there is still a sense of hope and bittersweetness as the poem comes to its close. This is love at its most powerful. You obviously have a talent for the raw and fervent, so continue to write!

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    November 2, 2013

    This poem is a beautiful expression of something that so many people have probably experienced at some point in life. At the beginning I can really feel the will they both have to be together but at the same time the angst about their impending parting. My favourite lines are “But a light in his eyes appear,for a tender thought has sailed through.” and “But a bonding of souls.Can never be taken away”. The end of the poem perfectly encompasses the reality of love and how we never truly forget someone that was once so important in our lives. Great poem!

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    Bianca Frattasi

    November 5, 2013

    I thought this poem was very beautiful. The way you captured this fleeting interaction between two people and the lasting impression they’ve made on one is so lovely. This poem has an energy to it. It seems to flow from one stanza to another seamlessly, creating a cohesion between these two individuals as they collide into each other’s life. Great job.

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    Claudia P.

    November 6, 2013

    This is an excellent poem! It was moving, without being corny or cheesy. It impeccably portrays that eternal impact of having someone touch you in profound ways. I personally have never been in love, but I think this poem remarkably illustrates the “collision” of two souls, as if these individuals blended harmoniously. Even when broken up, the two have been changed so irrevocably, a mere thought of the other can re-ignite the passion they once felt for each other.

    The line “the heart has its capricious ways!” could not be any truer. What a thought-provoking phrase.

    Authentically and beautifully written! I will definitely read your column in The Plant!

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    November 6, 2013

    What a beautiful poem. You have definitely captured the essence of diving into a body of teenage emotions, and expressing what it is to feel for one another. It brings into play the emotions in a relationship that play forth as a repetitive circle, continuously “colliding” the two souls.
    I found this poem very relatable because most of us are at a point in our lives where we have experienced something along the lines of what is expressed in this poem. It is such a powerful poem because it is very sad yet very real. The truest things in life are sometimes not the happiest things.

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    November 10, 2013

    I really enjoyed this poem. It is beautifully written and really captured what it’s like to live through a relationship. Another reason as to why I highly enjoyed this written piece, is because I can easily relate to it. This poem reminds of my first love. I think everyone will eventually go through this “type"of relationship in their lives. Overall, this poem is deep, relatable and beautiful without being too overdone! Good job and keep writing; I’ll be reading smile

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