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Black And White (Emmy's Challenge 8-8)

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Michael
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BLACK AND WHITE

Draining the color out of black and white
I watch life slip to shades of gray.
Those clearly drawn lines of wrong and right
Growing more obscure everyday.

I walk in the shadows of truth,
Taking my stand on misguided belief.
Weaned off the tears of innocent youth,
And polished in my own grief.

I look to the sky and want to cry,
"God, what's happened to our ideals?"
But wasted tears don't replace the years
When the heart, itself, forgets it feels.

I used to watch the news at night,
Horrified at just what I might see.
Rampant crime in the spotlight,
Glorified in other's misery.

But, now, hardly noticing at all
When someone's raped, or shot, or dies,
I stare at the screen like a blank wall,
Mute button pressed to silence the cries.

Somewhat entranced, somewhat paralyzed,
Somewhat preternaturally numb.
Per chance, in glance, I've realized
The monster I've passively become.

No laurels, no morals, no reason to fight
For what once seemed so cut and dry.
Draining the color out of black and white,
I face tomorrow with a sigh.
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i love your wordplay michael your wit is your greatest asset and you have used it well here.. sad topic but too true love the poem
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2 posted 08-26-99 09:59 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Great poem... words to ponder. *S*
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very nicely written!!!

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
Craig
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4 posted 08-26-99 12:41 PM       View Profile for Craig   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Craig


Superb poem!!
I had a go at this challenge myself, but my effort failed miserably in comparison to yours, well done!!
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5 posted 08-26-99 12:56 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Michael - great poem... a terrific exit, too. Sometimes, the close is the hardest part. You made this poem close cleanly.
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6 posted 08-26-99 12:58 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Michael - great poem... a terrific exit, too. Sometimes, the close is the hardest part. You made this poem close cleanly.
Michael
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7 posted 08-27-99 01:52 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Thanks LngJhnAg
I'm glad you liked the exit - I wasn't sure if it was strong enough to carry out the point of the poem.

Michael
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Your way with words is masterful. Each poem is perfectly written.
 
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