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The Death of ~Life~

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Poet deVine
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After May 2000, Life magazine will no longer be printed. The death of Life will bring an end to one of the most incredible photographic records of our time. Time Inc.  hopes to develop a Website for Life to showcase photography and articles that are unique to the Life magazine style. I for one will miss it…

~The Death of Life~

The power of the lens reveals
Everyman’s Life on the pages
From dictator to farmer, it was
A pictorial history of the ages

Who could forget the images
Captured for our delight
A sailor kisses in victory
An old man loses his last fight

A kidnapped child, a teacher of men,
A King of ancient domain,
Each graced the cover here
In Life’s paper windowpane

Our life will go on of course
But a chronicle will cease to be
Pages replaced in time
By Internet and TV.

The death of Life will cause
No great outcry of sorrow
But I, for one, will miss
Life’s chronicle of tomorrow.

**If you've never seen the images of Life magazine, may I suggest you find old copies in used bookstores or your local library. These are some of the greatest photographs of our time.....no one does it better.

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Marilyn
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I agree with you Sharon. I too will miss the pages and photo's. Though we are poets and use words to transport poeple, a picture truely says a thousand words. I am saddened that we are losing such a chonical of life. Thankyou for sharing this.  
Danny Holloway
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2 posted 03-18-2000 12:08 PM       View Profile for Danny Holloway   Email Danny Holloway   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Danny Holloway

Well written.  
Too bad this publication is being discontinued.

 A life isn't significant except for its impact on other lives.
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Poet D this is perfect...you pay a true tribute to this event and end of an era...one of my most heartfelt memories is laying on the floor with my grandparents looking at this awesome reflection of our world...later as I grew up...I remember being haunted by the images of the Vietnam war...the picutures in those pages always effected the reader.
great poem.
take care jm
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What a shame. It will be a loss that's for sure. Good poem, Sharon!

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Sharon, I heard something on this, but I didn't know it was going out of print!  That's a shame for sure. Those have to be the most excellent photographs of all time. They did speak, and more than a thousand words.  Excellent poem and tribute to Life my friend!
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Speaking of no one does it better, that also applies to you, deVine one, and your ability to create poems that others never think of, from Barbie to Life....to snores. Another one well done!
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I've known "Life" all of my life... I shall miss it for sure... Nice tribute, PdV..
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I know that the peak of "Life"'s... well, life, was before my time, but I was still affected by it greatly. Although TV and the internet are both great things, it will be a sad day when books and magazenes are replaced. A great tribute... keep up the good work.

 "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -Oscar Wilde
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PoetdeVine~
Thank you for giving me reason
to search the confines of the
cedar chest for the
edition of Life that touched me most.

Covers of Life
that covered life
in photos of the day
shall be missed
by this miss
when they are
gone away

Always I'll remember
the cover that most touched my heart
a little boy's salute
to the daddy taken away
by the bullets of a madman in Texas
one dreary November day

Chronicle's of life
in pictures of life
missed more than I can say
an epitaph of Life
as Life ebbs away

~*Marge*~




 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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[This message has been edited by Marge Tindal (edited 03-18-2000).]
Dark Angel
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It will definatley be a loss, Great poem Sharon.  

 What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


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Poet D, you've written about most of our lives with this wonderful poem about "Life," and I thank you. When I was very young, I married a photojournalist who considered his greatest pieces the ones he did for Life. I can't imagine my "life" without it.

Marge, wonderful poem also. Yes, what a cover, what a statement.

~ Claire
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Thats too bad. Life was a great magazine. Great poem PdV
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Thank you all for your kind words. It's interesting to see how "Life" has affected us all. I read about this yesterday and it touched me. I have several old magazines saved and a few 'collections'..on of "Life" covers. A piece of Americana is on the way out... sad.
 
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