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The Message

It was a disembodied voice
I did not recognize.
I heard the words and the alarm. 
Time for me to arise.

He spoke with no emotion,
Those words shattering to hear.
All day I kept remembering them
And shuttering my ear.

“Your son is dead”, four little words,
I couldn’t bear the sound.
Each time the phone rang on that day,
My heart began to pound.

A week went by and then a month.
My fears began to slow.
And then one night awakened
By a voice this time I know. 

“Mama, Mama , wake up.
I hate to tell you this.”
Some how those words were easier
Delivered with a kiss.

Time has moved on, I’ve healed a bit, 
But I still wonder why
That unknown voice called to warn me 
That my beloved son would die.


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  1. Date: 12/13/2012 2:04:00 PM
    Too sad Joyce BIG HUGS Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/13/2012 11:52:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Leonora's "Waking Up" contest Joyce. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/13/2012 3:06:00 AM
    Joyce congrats on your big win...David

  1. Date: 12/13/2012 12:49:00 AM
    Big congratulations on your winning spot Joyce love xx

  1. Date: 12/12/2012 11:50:00 PM
    Whoa Joyce! That is a nightmare. Well penned! Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 12/12/2012 10:37:00 PM
    So sad, so well written....Seren

  1. Date: 12/12/2012 8:04:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win my dear friend, Joyce! Thank you so much for your full support! love and hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 12/7/2012 7:57:00 AM
    Joyce; This is beautiful, but sad. People try to comfort us , by saying, I know how you feel, but they really don't. They mean well. The message you got was God warning you you of what was ahead. Sometimes we get messages in dreams and sometimes we ignore the messages. many blessings to you always. Lucilla

  1. Date: 12/4/2012 12:31:00 PM
    heart wrenching is right.

  1. Date: 12/4/2012 11:13:00 AM
    A heart wrenching thing to happen to anyone Joyce I am sorry for your loss. Maybe the unknown voice was your own deepest fear talking to you in deep sleep xx

  1. Date: 12/4/2012 8:39:00 AM
    Joyce, your poem is so emotional, filled with the pain of losing your son, my heart breaks for you, it is a memory that will never fade I am sure. Constance

  1. Date: 11/30/2012 10:21:00 AM
    Very emotive and expressive work..I can not imagine the pain that you must have gone through..My adoptive parents lived to bury all three of their natural born children..They always said that I kept them young so I must have added years to their life also..Thanks for stopping by..Your comments on my work are always uplifting..Sara

  1. Date: 11/30/2012 7:45:00 AM
    Absolutely the most tragic news anyone could ever hear! So very sorry, Joyce... love Jack

  1. Date: 11/30/2012 5:59:00 AM
    A touching and very poignant write. its heartbreaking to say the least Joyce. But always a pleasure reading your poems.

  1. Date: 11/29/2012 6:12:00 PM
    Sorry for your loss. It is heartfelt write. Thanks Joyce for sharing. Connie

  1. Date: 11/20/2012 1:51:00 PM
    excellent poem on such a terribly sad subject, Joyce x

  1. Date: 11/19/2012 10:37:00 PM
    oh MY this is really GOOD writing, Joyce. So strong and personally told. What a story!

  1. Date: 11/19/2012 8:46:00 PM
    So sad, Joyce, but a wonderful write! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 11/19/2012 3:35:00 PM
    very sad and a bit spooky...

  1. Date: 11/19/2012 3:12:00 PM
    Nice to read a happy love poem! Light and Love

    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi
    Date: 11/19/2012 3:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Joyce I didn't put this on this poem grrr soup pushed it forward of COURSE this is NOT a happy write sorry dear..the gremlins are at it again