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Incinerated Dreams

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DreamEvil
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0 posted 10-16-1999 04:33 AM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Urgent phone calls come at the end of night.
Frantic words wash away the dregs of sleep.
The sky glows with flame in the pre-dawn light.
Into the heart despair does quickly creep.

I arrive to see a smouldering shell.
Broken windows pour forth dark smoke and steam.
The house seems a blackened horror from hell.
I've entered a nightmarish, waking dream.

My sister's family stands huddled next door.
Their faces hold the crushing weight of shock.
They escaped with only the clothes they wore.
Of what they had left I would now take stock.

By the back door do I enter the wreck.
The overpowering smoke makes me gag.
For anything left untouched I do check.
Against the twisted doorframe do I sag.

The smoke has killed the cat in the back hall.
Unburned, she had tried to escape the heat.
Flame stripped paper and paint from each wall.
The immolation was nearly complete.

Fire had ate holes in the floor clean through.
The refrigerator, still it does work.
Nintendo and stereo were fused too.
Sifting from the walls is a sooty murk.

Hamsters and cage are melted together.
The iguana is a carbonized hulk.
The walls are smelling of rancid leather.
Memories of what it once was do skulk.

Living room is where the flashpoint did peak.
Each piece of furniture immolated.
Of what I saw, to the kids will not speak.
Their life before has incinerated.

I tell my sister of all that I saw.
All we can salvage is some of her clothes.
At her I can see grief begin to gnaw.
Haunted eyes tell of the loss she knows.

Walls were covered with each child's success.
There was artwork and awards from their school.
Every photo of theirs she did possess.
After losing it all she feels a fool.

Once again though she is back on her feet.
The fire was set by her youngest son.
His attention disorder she will beat.
Her most incessant battles have been won.


©1999 DreamEvil


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Nothing is worse than sorrow,
except perhaps disdain.
I'll be myself tomorrow,
tonight I'll feel the pain.

DreamEvil©


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Systematic Decay
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That place with padded walls a


1 posted 10-16-1999 04:40 AM       View Profile for Systematic Decay   Email Systematic Decay   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Systematic Decay

A terrible tale....how much it must hurt to lose everything, and especially when your own child sets the blaze....

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"Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage."
-Billy Corgan-
Watcher666
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2 posted 10-16-1999 06:58 AM       View Profile for Watcher666   Email Watcher666   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Watcher666's Home Page   View IP for Watcher666

What a painful memory for you to carry.A sad and moving tale,you have told it well.

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Illusion...what we see and what we do...it's all up to you.
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3 posted 10-16-1999 08:12 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Sad story well told!
RainbowGirl
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4 posted 10-16-1999 08:21 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Unforunately, for me you told this too well, I can't get the images out of my head..

HUGS

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You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

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5 posted 10-16-1999 01:44 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Very very painful and skillfully rendered. When people go through tragedies like this the biggest heartache I believe must be the loss of the irreplaceable things like photos, drawings and things like that. Not to mention the poor pets. How sad.

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Denise
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6 posted 10-17-1999 03:00 AM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

'Twas a unique experience indeed and one I have no wish to repeat again.

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Now and forever, my heart hears ~one voice~.
DreamEvil©

Julie Jordan Scott
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7 posted 10-17-1999 03:00 AM       View Profile for Julie Jordan Scott   Email Julie Jordan Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Julie Jordan Scott's Home Page   View IP for Julie Jordan Scott

Intense, intriguing, heartbreaking, emotional.....what a nightmare to live....what grief, what emptiness, what a memory.

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8 posted 10-17-1999 10:06 AM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

How heartbreaking...an excellent telling of this story, Dream. My worst fear is to go through this nightmare. My heart goes out to your sister and her family. Such loss...

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"Tread softly, for I have spread my dreams under your feet"~~William Butler Yeats

Lucie
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9 posted 10-17-1999 10:20 AM       View Profile for Lucie   Email Lucie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lucie

Such a sad poem I feel for sorry for your sister, but also the writer, having to bring such memories back to the surface is difficult.
JennyLee
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10 posted 10-17-1999 12:03 PM       View Profile for JennyLee   Email JennyLee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JennyLee

You describe so well such a horrific event!
Bless You !

Jenny
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11 posted 10-17-1999 02:08 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

WOw, Dream, this was so vivd I could see it all, you told this well.
Christopher
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Purgatorial Incarceration


12 posted 10-17-1999 06:24 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Wow brother...of all the dark poetry you've written, I fear this is the one that touched me heart the most.
Mind you, I feel for your sister's loss, but the sad story of those helpless animals grips my heart and begs tears from my eyes.
Well told tale of sorrow my friend.
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