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You wake up to commotion, throw on some clothes.
Outside you see some bloody bodies piled on the street.
People are screaming, running in all directions
away from oncoming military trucks and tanks.
Your heart is pounding; your mind shouts
what should I do? Where should I go?

You can't head back home because now 
soldiers have headed there,
collecting folks and dividing them into groups:
Men separated from women, the elderly from the young, boys from girls.
Trucks are filling fast with the different groups of people.
You look all around and see only confused and mortified faces.
The fact that all these others share your emotions is your only comfort.

A woman breaks loose from a line crying out for her son.
A shot rings out; she collapses to the ground.

You can see one small group of people have escaped -
perhaps unnoticed - beyond a fence in the near distance.
Another group have all scattered, and easily seen,
they  scramble toward a store.
They fall randomly when intermittent shots from the soldiers' guns fire out.
You stand motionless, knowing soon you will be tagged
by soldiers herding people into trucks.
Will you try to sneak toward the fence or will you remain as you are
to face your frighteningly unknown fate?

Are there more tanks beyond the fence of which everyone is unaware?
Won't those racing for their freedom eventually be caught?
you must make the decision while no one seems to have noticed you yet:

Freeze or flee?

April 2, 2019 now used for Laura Loo's
'Favorite Poem From Last Week (March 31-April 6, 2019)' Poetry Contest

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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Date: 4/25/2019 10:35:00 PM
Congratulations on being at the top of the best new Poems list Andrea. xxoo
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Date: 4/23/2019 12:46:00 AM
Congratulations!your poem painted the scary picture.loved reading it.Have a good day :)
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Date: 4/22/2019 12:27:00 PM
Back again with congrats on your top spot on the best poem chart.
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Date: 4/18/2019 10:03:00 PM
Back again with congratulations on your wonderful win in Laura's contest. Have a great Easter. Hugs Eve ~`*
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Date: 4/17/2019 10:18:00 PM
Congrats on your win Andrea! xxoo
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Date: 4/17/2019 5:14:00 AM
Hi Andrea, Your verse sends a chill, your description is vivid and meaningful,a great write, enjoyed the read, Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Kev.
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Date: 4/15/2019 1:55:00 PM
Congrats on having this wonderful poem at the top of the best new poems list! This is your year Andrea! Hugs, Connie
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Date: 4/15/2019 8:29:00 AM
Andrea, congratulations on POTD, what an emotional write !
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Date: 4/13/2019 11:31:00 AM
Hi Andrea, Way to go my friend - congratulations on POTD - such an honor. Poetry hugs, Jennifer
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Date: 4/13/2019 9:30:00 AM
Congrats my dear friend on the well served honor and placement of this immensely creative and very inspiring free verse poem! A most well deserved recognition..'Truly another one of your fine gems..
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Date: 4/13/2019 3:38:00 AM
I see you made the top 100 Best New Poems too. Congratulations, Andrea. It is a fabulous write for sure.
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Date: 4/13/2019 1:56:00 AM
Congratulations on being the second in the best 100 poems of the month.well deserved one and congratulations on your POTD.
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Date: 4/12/2019 6:52:00 PM
A haunting and compelling poem, Andrea, rich in imagery and emotion. A potent piece. Congratulations on your wonderful and well deserved recognition with POTD honors. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
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Date: 4/12/2019 2:38:00 PM
Congrats on being #3 in the top 100 poems for the month.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 4/12/2019 6:04:00 PM
wow, Richard. I had no idea!! Thanks for letting me know that.
Date: 4/12/2019 7:08:00 AM
A cruel decision to make, knowing the outcome of most situations running seems the only logical course. Terrible, terrible. Congratulations for POTD honors Andrea...
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Date: 4/9/2019 2:23:00 PM
Sadly true. I remember the Kent State ugliness. Something you never forget. Congratulations on it being POTD, Andrea. A winner!
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Date: 4/9/2019 2:07:00 PM
Congrats on POTD Andrea…A good one.
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Date: 4/5/2019 4:52:00 PM
Oh I adore this one, Buddy - I hardly ever get to the POTD page, (just don't think of it sadly), but I must start making it a habit. Fav-ing this one! Congratulations!! :-) <3
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Date: 4/5/2019 11:44:00 AM
This is a sad scenario that has take place in the past, is taking place now and undoubtedly will be played out in the future. You have captured the emotional trauma of it all so well, Andrea. Congratulations on your POTD!
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Date: 4/5/2019 5:30:00 AM
I knew this was special...Congratulations Andrea...
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Date: 4/4/2019 11:17:00 PM
Best solution is to play dead. Congrats for the POTD.
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Date: 4/4/2019 7:31:00 PM
As these words unfold and the story is told. Truth tugs at the heart so deeply. This is very emotional. We are surrounded by these moments, as the world falls apart. I wish it were not so, but sadly- it is. Congratulations Andrea, on Poem of the Day. ~ Brandy
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Date: 4/4/2019 4:47:00 PM
Sounds like Har-Magedon to me!
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Date: 4/4/2019 4:08:00 PM
Freeze or flee... This is a wonder land poem, it puts one in a state of dilemma, choosing to follow evil, an undefined one for that matter. This poem is full of stress for the mind to pound and ponder around with it. Congratulations Andrea, I love the poetic mind you used here.
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Date: 4/4/2019 3:25:00 PM
Wonderful...and disturbing. But, I don't know if you are talking about when the Jews were persecuted by the Nazis or now when the Jews are persecuting the Palestinians. Horrible either way and very very sad that humans can be so cruel to other humans who just want to live their lives in peace and love for each other. And, it happens in other countries too...genocide must be stopped! Congrats on POTD, dear friend. Bravo for your courageous write. So well-deserved.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 4/4/2019 4:15:00 PM
it is whatever you want it to be, Carole, and I think any of the situations you described qualify. It's simply freedom being stolen from innocent people.