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Ides of November

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Ides of November

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                    A November day, washed bright and clean 
                     light rains had ceased, and skies were blue
                     But a thought, obscene, would dim the sun
                     In a deadly script, which paled Macbeth
                     One plot would darken the light with death

I was about to stretch beyond my teens
and youth was perched upon the brink
As the callow child I was back then
I would immortalize between extremes
But only acknowledged the world in distant hues
Sometimes grief would have a passive view
 
But then, upon the landscape new
I was thrown to wolves in black and white
I couldn't grasp those first words said
A true-life drama, of horrendous dread

Cascading, first with deep unrest
when cold war's threat, or deep unrest
with wars afar, I sat expecting
happy endings, with stories told
unfolding good around the bend,
where naive' dreams had always been
 
This sudden turning of the tide
had come to change my voice inside...
knocking hard upon my door
deeply shocking,...to the core
rocking how I viewed the world

     With an anchored face, yet, strangely rue
     Apparent angst, his stolen breath
     He cleared his throat, and shared the news,
     With Cronkite calm, as if a stone,
     tho' cautious, stunning words to choose

     In his eyes, the sorrow shone
     I looked to him for confidence
     The magnitude, too great to own 
     I needed guidance and a chance
     to lean into his trusted arms
     this mortal moment too immense 


I see it now, still clearly formed 
The day was bright, with amber light
The sun was out, and lingered warm

Football games, a dance that night 
Holidays had been conceived
But death came crashing down with spite

Tragedy came in as thick as thieves,
The devil's plot to interweave



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  1. Date: 8/5/2013 5:26:00 AM
    Impressive and well written poem, indeed! Carrie., congrats on your well deserved victory. G.

  1. Date: 8/3/2013 11:01:00 AM
    Carrie, What a stark reminder of an event that will become one of those we will always remember where we were when first we heard the news....Congratulations on your win... Always love ya.... Jake

  1. Date: 8/1/2013 2:05:00 PM
    Wow!This is like a melody,it sings and then it imprints a memory that is hard to describe in words.No wonder it won hands down.

  1. Date: 7/30/2013 2:50:00 AM
    WOW Carrie reads so beautifully. Always intrigued by your poetry. A big congrats on the win *smiles* Ron

  1. Date: 7/29/2013 10:16:00 PM
    Wow. you have me speechless. ~Soup Mail~

  1. Date: 7/29/2013 9:11:00 PM
    excellent piece....congrats on your win

  1. Date: 7/29/2013 8:18:00 PM
    hi Carrie and congrats on your win Shadow x smiles

  1. Date: 7/29/2013 6:31:00 PM
    Fantastic realistic writing. Congrad's on your fine verse winning! Light & Love

  1. Date: 7/19/2013 10:34:00 AM
    Almost a double terza rima, huh? Must have taken quite some time with all the extra rhymes! I thought a shorter one was hard enough. I see you have written a sad one as well. I wonder if the form is particularly suited to sad poems.

  1. Date: 7/17/2013 1:05:00 PM
    Reads like a winner to me..Good luck in the contest..I need to look this form up and see how it is done..I can't remember if I have written one of these...Thanks for the visit to my work..Your comments are uplifting.Sara

  1. Date: 7/17/2013 12:41:00 PM
    Excellent use of connotations . Enjoyed this dramatic free verse.

  1. Date: 7/17/2013 12:08:00 PM
    you are a most skillfull story teller, this piece drips with emotion.

  1. Date: 7/17/2013 12:03:00 PM
    deep emotions run through this well written Shadow x smiles

  1. Date: 7/17/2013 8:02:00 AM
    I agree with the praise Carrie but relative to the contest please double check the rules for the sonnet application of this form.

  1. Date: 7/17/2013 7:03:00 AM
    I like the imagery feel I get from this poem.Which I thought was a fine write.

  1. Date: 7/16/2013 5:38:00 PM
    Wow Carrie I belie you have a winner here. An outstanding Terza Rima. Much poetic talent is conveyed in this poem. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 7/16/2013 5:01:00 PM
    Very cool poem, my friend, enjoyed a lot. If for contest, wish you good luck. Loved always, bl

  1. Date: 7/16/2013 4:54:00 PM
    Carrie what a professional piece of writing this is....wow!!!!! ..I'm speechless

  1. Date: 7/16/2013 4:50:00 PM
    oooh, what a winning poem I see this becoming!!! GREAT job with the form, Carrie!

  1. Date: 7/16/2013 12:17:00 PM
    There is a song I love called the Ides of March- the title instantly caught my attention! Looooove this so much my lady! You rock. :) Hugs!

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