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Joyce Johnson
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0 posted 04-01-2014 03:17 PM       View Profile for Joyce Johnson   Email Joyce Johnson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Joyce Johnson


We too have waited for the spring
with great anticipation.
Looking for each growing thing
with eager expectation
and without trepidation.

Our normal spring is filled with glory
and fields of luscious green,
an outdoor conservatory
in no other season seen.
Rains have washed it bright and clean.

I love the days of springtime
when butterflies take wing.
The vines with early flowers climb
and songbirds stop to sing.
But all is changed this spring.

In our adjacent county
a mile and a half wide slide
took homes and lives as bounty.
So many good folks died
and many more have cried.

It was early in the morning,
two hundred folks in bed,
the slide came without a warning.
They're buried and they're dead.
The mountain has been fed.

By: Joyce Johnson

(Our whole state of Washington is in mourning and many have put their own lives on hold in order to help try to save lives or find bodies.)
© Copyright 2014 Joyce I Johnson - All Rights Reserved
DaysofView
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1 posted 04-01-2014 11:44 PM       View Profile for DaysofView   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for DaysofView

Terrible to think of a mountain as eating people. An unfortunate end to an otherwise seasonally pleasing poem.

To call oneself a poet is a vain remark indeed. After you're dead, let others eulogize you as such if they feel you are worthy.

wordancer
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2 posted 04-02-2014 04:12 PM       View Profile for wordancer   Email wordancer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wordancer

A sad contrast. It is hard to critique such a difficult write. Perhaps as time goes by, there could be a rewrite with the interweaving of the dark event with the beauty and promise of spring?  A suggestion for when/if you are ready, start with your emotions of the event first and work in spring in between.  Take care.

Beverly
Joyce Johnson
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3 posted 04-05-2014 08:03 PM       View Profile for Joyce Johnson   Email Joyce Johnson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Joyce Johnson

Beverly that will be a long time.  They are picking our friends up in pieces if they find tehm at all.  Joyce
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4 posted 05-15-2014 10:50 AM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

Joyce, Beautifully worded for such a sad happening. It needs be said so we will remember those who lost so much. jo perry
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Hello Joyce

It is sad, but yet still so beautiful..


Love, Mich

Margherita
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Spring is rebirth and though there is deep mourning for those whose lives were taken, there is also the consciousness of continuation ... when you see the lovely butterflies in your garden you will say a heartfelt prayer for the souls who passed on. Your words are beautiful and very touching, dear Joyce, though they were inspired by a very sad event.

Love and peace.
Margherita
jwesley
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7 posted 08-10-2014 07:17 PM       View Profile for jwesley   Email jwesley   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jwesley

It has never been said that living in the mountains doesn't have its dangers - but one never thinks about the whole side of the mountain falling off.

Sad event, my friend.  Good write.

j.
 
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