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The Jawbone Lane Incident

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Jon Mewett
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0 posted 07-16-2000 12:43 AM       View Profile for Jon Mewett   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Jon Mewett

As I walked home down Jawbone lane
And pondering quietly on that name
The virgin snow was lapping at my feet
The sermon which I’d talked and told
Delivered in a church so cold
Not many souls had come to take their seat

I’d talked about life and death
Sin and forgiveness in one breathe
But I knew the seeds were falling on dry loam
We’d sang the songs drank the wine
Gave thanks’ for a friend of mine
I’d bid them peace and sent the small flock home

I’d slammed closed shut the huge oak door
I’d turned into the lane once more
And here I was trudging on my round
The air was sharp and icy clear
As narrow path I tried to steer
Then I saw a shape crumpled on the ground

The shape just lay there stony still
As I approached from down the hill
What it was the Lord Himself could only guess
Just by the hedge now to the right
There lay another awful sight
A motorcycle crumpled in a mess

I approached the shape the fallen man
I thought I’d do just what I can
And oh so gently…I lifted up his head
He was quite still….just lying there
With blood now seeping through his hair
It was now clear …this man was nearly dead

And then his eyes flicked open wide
I quickly left the vanquished side
And rushed to get some water from the beck
He looked as though his soul was bared
As now with flicking lids he stared
At the crucifix hanging around my neck

It seemed to lift his spirit so
His breathing now was soft and slow
And then he gave a long and lonely cry
‘Forgive me father with that jewel
I’ve been so vile I’ve been so cruel
Forgive me now this night before I die’

I lay the cross upon his head
‘You are forgiven friend’ I said
I said the things that fathers often say
He held my hand clutched my arm
And then I felt his turmoil calm
His eyes fell closed and his spirit slipped away

The scene returned to silence then
I was about to leave so sudden …when
The next thing there it made my mind unfurl
As I raised my eyes from him
In gossamer..,gaunt and thin
I saw the outline of a. ………Little girl

‘It’s over now’ she sweetly said
With golden curls around her head
In her small hand she held a cherished cup
And then outlined in frosty air
The next event I witnessed there
The spectre of the broken man….stood up

My heart stopped dead in disbelief
It wasn’t joy it wasn’t grief
As the ghost the Childs’ hand… he kissed
And then a burst lit up the sky
And before I asked the question…why?
The two dissolved into the winters’ mist

The next day after troubled sleep
I wondered back to tend my sheep
I bought my usual paper on the way
I find it hard to write this tale
For when I read my skin runs pale
But in brief I’ll tell you what the papers say

As to my face the papers hold
And reading there in words so bold
The words so big they make my being lurch
In my belief it strengthens me
For forgiveness reigned that night you see
It read
A LIITLE GIRL MURDERD NEAR A CHURCH


Jon Mewett

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Jamie
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1 posted 07-16-2000 01:09 AM       View Profile for Jamie   Email Jamie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Jamie's Home Page   View IP for Jamie

A story I wish were longer.
Amazing
AVANTI
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2 posted 07-16-2000 01:11 AM       View Profile for AVANTI   Email AVANTI   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for AVANTI

Jon...I don;t think I've read you before...butI'm glad I did (better late than never)
this is very good work...
thi one has hit me...
it's very well captured and written
great!

If all was light...then I would have never learnt the dark...from which such truth evolves
from which evolves the light...
Avanti Rao

MagnoliaBlue
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3 posted 07-16-2000 02:19 AM       View Profile for MagnoliaBlue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for MagnoliaBlue

This is wonderful.A great read!
I like the way you set this up
and I want to read more.  

MagnoliaBlue


~My Skipper Jim
I love you!
Your Lady June~

Poet deVine
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4 posted 07-16-2000 11:09 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Very good story!  
Jon Mewett
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5 posted 07-17-2000 02:55 AM       View Profile for Jon Mewett   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jon Mewett

Thanx everyone,the trouble with narrative verse is they tend to be long,so chances of making the book seem distant,but your kindness inspires more.

Jon  (so here goes........)
Romy
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6 posted 07-17-2000 09:28 AM       View Profile for Romy   Email Romy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Romy

Wow!  I'm glad I found this one!
Great surprise ending!
Debbie
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7 posted 07-18-2000 02:57 AM       View Profile for Jon Mewett   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jon Mewett

Thanx Debbie

Jon
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8 posted 07-18-2000 03:28 AM       View Profile for Gossamerwings   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gossamerwings


GW

[This message has been edited by Gossamerwings (edited 07-18-2000).]
Corazon
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9 posted 07-18-2000 11:23 AM       View Profile for Corazon   Email Corazon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corazon

this gave me goosebumps, really great poem wtih a great message

[This message has been edited by Corazon (edited 07-18-2000).]
Jon Mewett
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10 posted 07-18-2000 02:31 PM       View Profile for Jon Mewett   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jon Mewett

Thanx for reading......you are most kind.

Jon
ethome
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11 posted 07-18-2000 03:56 PM       View Profile for ethome   Email ethome   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit ethome's Home Page   View IP for ethome

Great story, lots of the mystique in it. I enjoyed the read from beginning to end. I'd have to say it's a winner.
Yu Lan
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12 posted 07-19-2000 04:43 AM       View Profile for Yu Lan   Email Yu Lan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Yu Lan

wow.. this is amazing Jon.. enjoyed this greatly..
(votevotevote!!)  


Lynne

"He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened." Lao-tsu


Jon Mewett
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13 posted 07-23-2000 01:48 PM       View Profile for Jon Mewett   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jon Mewett

Thanx Yu Lan

Your kind words are appreciated.

Jon
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14 posted 08-06-2000 09:48 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Definitely one of your best, Jon!

Denise
Jon Mewett
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15 posted 08-07-2000 03:13 AM       View Profile for Jon Mewett   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jon Mewett

Thanx Denise.
Alle'cram
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16 posted 08-08-2000 01:00 AM       View Profile for Alle'cram   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alle'cram

Jon, The best!! I'm lost for words.  marcy
Broken_Winged_Angel
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17 posted 01-15-2005 11:53 PM       View Profile for Broken_Winged_Angel   Email Broken_Winged_Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Broken_Winged_Angel's Home Page   View IP for Broken_Winged_Angel

A very very late reply, but I hadn't ever seen this one before.

I have to say I love it Jon.  I'm glad I tripped over it.

BWA
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