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In Empty Fields - Part 1 of 2 - [In Flanders Field Re-Write] - (Rhyme) In empty fields the flowers flow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the woe below. We are the Dead. Short days ago?We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In lonely fields. Broken dreams of the status quo: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. Build your dreams but us who die Shall never sleep, though others glow In fertile fields. ........................................................................................... we the remnants - part 2 of 2 - (Free Verse) we are the remnants of what could have been ideas blowing through frondescence that never grows voices with our distinct cadence - never heard sounds expired in the beats of their own continuances clusters of cyclonic brume lost in the spent chambers of time we are the lost we who watched - broken hearted as roses (never offered) wilted roses christened with loving words never tendered to an allusive heart we treasured we are the souls whose brilliance was never afforded the luxury to shine rather we lived as switchless bulbs - stringless guitars gathering dust on keyless pianos - unique splendiferous singing voices trapped in soundproofed rooms underneath the framework of the facial structure of hope we are the hidden and the marked alike the dead buried in abandoned boneyards in the weed infested badlands in pristine manicured burial grounds strewed with stone pillars concrete plants dwarfed and nary a blossom blooms we lay among the crypts the coat of arms the weeping angels we the decomposed few of us of 'important' professions of 'social status' of nobility many of us though - now deceased are those of great potential never realized artists whose genius never found an open door not even a crack inventors would of advanced the worlds potential had we had a different outcome of a thousand die rolled leaders pure who never played the lying game lost because of our integrity maybe it's true maybe 'only the good die young' in graveyards worldwide with us lay dead our dreams dreams never realized would have changed our world us who would have influenced, effected, conjured a smile on the face of earth ashes to ashes among us - are also those who achieved their worth some honest brokers some silver spooned at birth in positions never earned others who preyed on the fear of the masses took advantage of their blind hope now too much potential dead with not even one accomplishment realized lived in a world inhabited by too many groups of 'three backward monkeys' saw - heard - spoke evil monkeys in the presence of love and light blind - deaf - mute this my friends is the failure we share too many bodies ignored now dead their potential never tapped 'dust in the wind' armand mar 7 2017

Copyright © Maurice Yvonne | Year Posted 2017


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  1. Date: 3/20/2017 11:03:00 AM

    Amazing write Armand! It really shows how so many perish without the world seeing/hearing their talent. You don't have to worry your voice is being heard loud and clear in this piece! Congrats on POTW! Soupmail.
  1. Date: 3/20/2017 10:06:00 AM

    The first compressed poem in rhyme and the second elaborate one in free verse are both excellent in their own way, Armand. Both deliver messages which must not fall on deaf ears if we truly aim to have a better world. #7+ Regards // paul
  1. Date: 3/19/2017 9:28:00 PM

    Brilliant my friend....Seren ... fav rated 7
  1. Date: 3/17/2017 6:27:00 PM

    MEGA CONGRATS ON POTW, my friend! I agree, truly a brilliant write..
  1. Date: 3/17/2017 2:30:00 AM

    A truly brilliant write. Congratulations on POTW. This is a definite 7
  1. Date: 3/16/2017 11:44:00 PM

    An incredible write, Armand, and even better hearing you read it! You bring honor to the fallen with your words! Congrats on TPOW and thank you for your always appreciated visits and kindness. Hugs, Rhonda
  1. Date: 3/16/2017 4:58:00 PM

    Congrats, Armand!
  1. Date: 3/16/2017 4:51:00 AM

    Armand, what an epic masterpiece! I am so happy you recited it for us. Your words speak brilliantly for the dead whose dreams will never be realized. I am in awe! Congratulations on a well deserved POTW! 7+ : )
  1. Date: 3/14/2017 7:37:00 PM

    Wow! Much said! That's why we honor the fallen and live the "best" for them for they deserve our best!
  1. Date: 3/14/2017 2:38:00 PM

    So happy to see that you received poem of the week. This piece is so deserving :). Loved it!!
  1. Date: 3/14/2017 7:10:00 AM

    Remarkable work.... congrats on being chosen for the week....
  1. Date: 3/14/2017 2:46:00 AM

    Maurice, what an excellent and emotional write, outstanding and CONGRATULATIONS on Poem of the Week ~
  1. Date: 3/13/2017 6:13:00 AM

    Exceptional write. Profound thoughts written in flowing beautiful words. The "If Onlys" of the world lost to obscurity. What a different world it would be if their potential had been realized.
  1. Date: 3/12/2017 6:24:00 PM

    My comment is not showing, so I'll say again, I think this poem should be read aloud at every Veteran's Day celebration - especially in schools.
  1. Date: 3/11/2017 10:06:00 AM

    Wow ..So eloquently put my friend..and yet so sad..excellent write..fav
  1. Date: 3/11/2017 4:51:00 AM

    I have tears reading the re write of the original poem Maurice and then your free verse in your own unique style - oh the futility of war I wish the world leaders could read this epic poem:-) hugs Jan xx
  1. Date: 3/10/2017 6:23:00 PM

    wowowowow, my friend. NEVER say you can't write poetry. This really shows your talent profoundly. Where do you come up with all this? You are such a good man whose integrity and compassion for humankind shine forth in poetry like this. FAVE . Best written and most beautiful poem I've seen today.
  1. Date: 3/8/2017 9:21:00 PM

    So very sad and without hope - but with such a lovely language and wonderful haunting images. A 7 and fave.
  1. Date: 3/8/2017 10:54:00 AM

    A sad requiem, Maurice. I especially love the first one. It has the wonderful power to put the listener at the scene, to draw a tear. As for the second - "Switchless bulbs, stringless guitars, keyless pianos many fine lines I marvel. You have done the dead a much needed service. I think of Mozart - dead at 34 - what might have been. Love, daver
  1. Date: 3/7/2017 11:45:00 PM

    A great write with deep meaning, Maurice. Well penned. T.J
  1. Date: 3/7/2017 5:17:00 PM

    Wow!! This is a very profound piece. So sad that so many talented people never had a chance to showcase their talent. A brilliant poem and subject. Loved this piece!
  1. Date: 3/7/2017 1:02:00 PM

    Wow Armand the first part was awesome and the second blew me away...epic and brilliant...a total fave