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August 16

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August 16

Ignition...on
and in perhaps an hour,  it was over.
One slash of time made ridicule
of caution, for the silence that he chose
was not enough; he hated it,
chose death instead, 
and that without regret.

I wonder just how long it was
the engine poured its fumes
into his ambience,
and he beyond a care...
how many passed just yards away,
how many chronicles raced  with them, 
 past the brute unconsciousness
of the undead, as they sped by.

It was a double silence that prevailed
upon the darkening day--
a double irony as that frail candle
smoldered when its destiny
was light.
        ~

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  1. Date: 8/22/2012 4:52:00 AM
    just read your reply to michelle's comment, soup mailing you...

  1. Date: 8/21/2012 3:39:00 PM
    been there, plumbed those depths of darkness..."our poetic thoughts are so similar" (so are our not-so-poetic thoughts hehe)

    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 8/21/2012 5:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hmmmmm Why, whatever could you mean?
  1. Date: 8/21/2012 9:15:00 AM
    A sad event, Dean. Those cars rushing past and not a soul was conscious of what was happening "yards away".:( Something that probably happens too often. It's difficut to determine the deciding point but it can leave others with countless questions and sorrow. Keep well!! Love, Mikki

    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 8/21/2012 5:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Just another in a series of pieces on my son's very untimely passing.