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Silent Stares

The rattling clamor of empty beds,
beautiful echoes in memories of those who tamed
the shrieking iron steeds coaxed
along the rails of time, now sit in silence -
out to pasture rusting, and like the bones of life
            return to dust

The hiking trails that fill the void
through quiet country forests - 
along the beds where the mute trod and trip,
peripheral attention more easily managed
than on the rocky root strewn trails.
There is no space for flora and fauna 
beyond their phones intoxicating glare,
and the silence that consumes all thought
            within its purview -

no memories of value in their wake,
just faces lost within the texts
as the rattling clamor sits void and still...

inspired by the Sounds of Silence contest - not entered

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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Date: 7/31/2019 8:28:00 AM
I agree you should have entered it Craig, it's a great write for that song, one of the best i have come across yet! That last stanza sums it up nicely! Glad i stopped by to read this gem :) hugs
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Sandra Adams
Date: 8/5/2019 4:25:00 PM
Always loved that song too and wow....lucky you! I am sure it was a wonderful concert!
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craig cornish
Date: 8/1/2019 7:18:00 AM
Always loved/love that song - I saw Simon & Garfunkel perform at UNH (late 60's)
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craig cornish
Date: 7/31/2019 9:01:00 AM
Thank you Sandy
Date: 7/30/2019 4:42:00 PM
Sad this was not entered it would have done well, glad you were inspired by my contest!
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craig cornish
Date: 7/30/2019 5:05:00 PM
Thank you John for the compliment & the muse
Date: 7/30/2019 3:38:00 PM
I love the creative descriptions and contrasts you used, Craig. A relative picture of today's culture.
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craig cornish
Date: 7/30/2019 3:54:00 PM
Dear Kim, thank you and welcome back home
Date: 7/30/2019 3:34:00 PM
A compelling poem mixing worlds of what was and what is, Craig. My imagination was completely captured by this riveting piece. Your last stanza is especially impactful. Beautiful contrasts drawn. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
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craig cornish
Date: 7/30/2019 3:59:00 PM
Very Kind Susan, thank you