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Peal of the Dead (with explanation)

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RobertB
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0 posted 12-03-1999 06:52 PM       View Profile for RobertB   Email RobertB   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for RobertB

I really feel I have to explain this one and if I may, I ask the moderators to perhaps on some poems, that I be allowed to give a background on where and why I wrote them.

This one came to me a day or two after a bonfire and weiner roast. Some of the young boys decided it would be fun to jump over the fire. In fact, being a child inside, I had thought of it long before they even did!

Anyway, as the adults here know, that can be dangerous and it was. Two boys hit together above the fire and the smaller fell in. He was burned badly on his hands and arms.

At the hospital, his mother and I were in the emergency room and he was sedated. She asked the doctor when they would peel off the dead. I said, "What did you say??" She explained that she was asking when they would peel off the dead skin. I thought wow...and this poem came to me the next day, only it had changed in my mind. It had become a poem about the Bubonic plague of Europe.

Peal of the Dead

When at last the call came forth,
the Jesters, Jugglers and Fire Jumpers
abandoned their preoccupations
to lend a hand to the wagoner
as he sang a song to the living
and chanted a dirge for those not....
The Peal of the Dead.


Robert
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Ohme
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1 posted 12-03-1999 06:59 PM       View Profile for Ohme   Email Ohme   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ohme

Nice poem Robert. Sorry about the tragedy that inspired it.
Elizabeth Santos
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2 posted 12-03-1999 07:50 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Events of the past so well brought to light
Liz
RobertB
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3 posted 12-03-1999 07:56 PM       View Profile for RobertB   Email RobertB   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RobertB

everything turned out OK in the end!

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if you can dream; you can fly...if you are flying; you are dreaming.
 
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