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Behold, I saw the vision of the world
Smoldering in the ashes of hate
utterly consumed with terrors
Beaten, ragged and worn
blood touching blood
The gleam of liberty’s lamp dimmed
by the smoke of her burning
wail over her; wail and mourn 
For the smoke of her torment 
hath reached to heaven

 I turned and looked again, 
I saw the vision of the world
Hope birthed in the heart of man
Strength of an indomitable will
Faith’s torch glowing bright 
Freedoms light burning warm

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  1. Date: 7/10/2012 4:19:00 PM
    Lori, this vision is accorded with ovation less trust for birth of its second half. I luv the power behind the vision. Cheers.

  1. Date: 7/8/2012 5:27:00 PM
    That second vision is much more preferable! Let us hope the first one is simply in hindsight. I like the contrasting nature you set up in the poem and the imagery was very poignant. Thanks for sharing.

  1. Date: 7/6/2012 1:11:00 PM
    Almoist seems like armaggedeon A very good insight into what alredy seems like is but maybe perhaps could be when I read I think of all the wras past and present nice x david scott

  1. Date: 6/29/2012 1:31:00 PM
    wonderful imaginative piece, Lori

  1. Date: 6/29/2012 9:26:00 AM
    a great depiction of the end times .. last day of life.. grandd descriptions and written with feeling and emotion Lori.. thankxx for sharing your thoughts.. luv..

  1. Date: 6/29/2012 1:31:00 AM
    Lori, destruction then hope, I like a lot, thanks for your comments...David

  1. Date: 6/28/2012 7:41:00 PM
    wow, two contrasting views and both very well written. this is really good poetry!

  1. Date: 6/28/2012 5:36:00 PM
    I sure like the second vision much better...may faith of freedom always burn warm and true !! Enjoyed this really good poem.

  1. Date: 6/28/2012 10:38:00 AM
    I feel the power here.Well constructed and strong.Good to read your work

  1. Date: 6/28/2012 10:28:00 AM
    This grabbed me and sucked me in as soon as I started reading, Lori! Love the biblical language (very appropriate!) I'm on my 3rd read as I write. What a knock-out hope filled ending too - Tim

  1. Date: 6/28/2012 10:03:00 AM
    Very positive ending in this beautiful poem.Enjoyed reading it.Thanks for visiting my poem page.

  1. Date: 6/24/2012 11:25:00 PM
    Beautiful poem. Well penned. tfs

  1. Date: 6/24/2012 6:15:00 PM
    beautiful poem Lori..hugs...Joseph

  1. Date: 6/24/2012 3:59:00 PM
    Lori, wow... this vision has reason, and i love the strength behind it... Thank you for sharing your vision with us.. I love the positive sight.. God bless...pd

  1. Date: 6/24/2012 2:47:00 PM
    enjoyed reading today!!

  1. Date: 6/24/2012 11:52:00 AM
    Inspiring, truly beautiful.

  1. Date: 6/24/2012 10:08:00 AM
    Capturing the vision and aiding in perception for new action and values. Sometimes the new paradigm arises on the ashes of the old. The old paradigm must die so that its power no longer holds, and people can be free and whole. Very well spoken in this piece!

  1. Date: 6/24/2012 8:20:00 AM
    and we will overcome and rise !!!!! really enjoyed this one .. kept me engrossed.... every word with the flow.......~sashi

  1. Date: 6/24/2012 7:15:00 AM
    And from the Ashes the strong will arise and Gods glory will once again shine. This is the thought that this inspired in me. Thank you for sharing sincely Bobb

  1. Date: 6/24/2012 7:02:00 AM
    A spark has been lite. Pray the flame rises Peace and blessing to you my friend