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The Shadow of Tragedy

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Ron
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0 posted 09-11-2002 07:09 PM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

Night descends,
as the shadow of tragedy
creeps again across the world.

There are no stars, no moon,
no beacons set to guide my steps,
and even the breeze
refuses to move
in the darkness of this night.

The Precipice feels near.

I can sense its breath,
not as I sense a stirring wind,
but rather in the expansiveness
of the unknown depths
beyond its unseen edge.

One step. Two.
How many dare I blindly take?

Whispers float on stagnant currents,
a cacophony of dire Warnings,
without direction, without surcease.
"Too near," strains their aria,
"You move too near the edge."

They fear the precipice, and rightly so.
I risk not death,
which will come this night
whether I step or stay,
but gamble instead much more.

One step. Two.
Which step will be my last?

"Caution!" whispers the strident voices,
"Lest Liberties be lost
within the maw of preservation,
and Freedom be sacrificed
as we foolishly defeat ourselves."

They are right, I concede,
taking another step to unseen edge.
Yesterday, I listened,
tomorrow, I'll listen again,
but, this night, I don't care.

"Beware!" drums the dissonance,
"Lest tragedy be counted
in dollars and ratings,
with marketing madness
the only memories we keep."

Yesterday, I listened,
tomorrow, I'll listen again,
but this night,  they use the night
to decry what they themselves partake,
and I refuse to care.

"Take heed!" urges wisdom,
"Lest Justice be lost
in the stink of retribution,
and righteous outrage confused
with the cancer of empty hate."

I grit my teeth, silently insisting,
I don't care, I don't care, I don't care,
Yesterday, I did,
tomorrow, I will again,
but this night I no longer do.

One step. Two.
If I fall, will the Warnings follow into Hell?

Another step becomes a half-step,
as I feel the jagged edge of Armageddon
prickle the sole of my foot.
Five bare toes dangle helplessly
over the outstretched hand of eternity.

The darkness is no less, the foreboding no more,
but still I lower myself to the ground.
The precipice caresses the back of my knees,
and my feet dangle into an abyss
I can sense but never see.

I remember to breath again.
The sound of my lungs seems deafening,
the Warnings finally fade into silence,
and sitting here makes me feel like
a flitting speck in the eye of God.

All my certainties have long since
faded with the acrid smoke of tragedy,
like the illusions they always were.
There is too little justice, far too much hate,
and a thousand more Warnings every day of the year.

But not tonight.
Tonight, I will not care, will not fret,
will not plan, and I'll be damned if I'll listen
to cries of alarm and disquiet
that refuse to honor my quiet.

Yesterday, I listened.
Tomorrow, I will add my voice to theirs.
Tonight, the shadow of tragedy covers my world,
and I just want to sit on the edge of eternity
and dangle my feet into its void.

The shadow masquerading as night enfolds me,
and in her reflective embrace
I will find what comfort I can.
Yesterday, I cared,
tomorrow I will care again,
but tonight I will simply remember.

© Copyright 2002 Ron Carnell - All Rights Reserved
the_loner_23
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Very sad day indeed. Good write.

Cold hands means a warm heart

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...Yesterday, I listened.
Tomorrow, I will add my voice to theirs.
Tonight, the shadow of tragedy covers my world,
and I just want to sit on the edge of eternity
and dangle my feet into its void...

How rare it is we get to see your words...
how heartfelt they truly are...

Thank you, Ron...


[This message has been edited by Sunshine (09-11-2002 07:12 PM).]

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3 posted 09-11-2002 07:17 PM       View Profile for Mistletoe Angel   Email Mistletoe Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Mistletoe Angel's Home Page   View IP for Mistletoe Angel

"Yesterday, I listened.
Tomorrow, I will add my voice to theirs.
Tonight, the shadow of tragedy covers my world,
and I just want to sit on the edge of eternity
and dangle my feet into its void.

The shadow masquerading as night enfolds me,
and in her reflective embrace
I will find what comfort I can.
Yesterday, I cared,
tomorrow I will care again,
but tonight I will simply remember."




(tears fall down my cheeks) God Bless You, sweet friend, somehow I knew you were going to post something so remarkable and so rememberable today and I was right, for I am blessed to read your lovely words whenever you do and it is rare! (big hugggggsssss) I still can't believe this ever happened and that day feels just like a few hours ago to me, where now I just cry to myself and remember, praying tonight for all the children and the victims families across America! God Bless You, sweet friend, God Bless all of America and our friends reaching out to us across the world, we all love you so much I am adding this to my library as this is one of he most powerfully compassionate dedications I have ever read! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet Ron, thank you for sharing!



May love and light always shine upon you!

Love,
Noah Eaton

(God Bless America)


"Underneath your clothes there's an endless story..."

Shakira

[This message has been edited by Mistletoe Angel (09-11-2002 07:18 PM).]

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4 posted 09-11-2002 07:22 PM       View Profile for WhileIWasGone   Email WhileIWasGone   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for WhileIWasGone

Great work....enjoyed.

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Ron,  only once in a great while do we get
to share....right now,  I feel I truly am
sharing...  and you have given us a feel
that many of us have felt as well...

Thank You,

Barry
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Ron

Yes, exactly....me too.

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7 posted 09-11-2002 07:25 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

How very true and expertly articulated these words are...

Yes, along with the screams of shock, the cries of revenge, the call to action, the recriminations.....there also needs to be a moment of silence where nothing exists but the emptiness of mind and the surrealistic feeling of not feeling, the "foot-dangling" over the edge of eternity...

Excellent work, Ron.....
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8 posted 09-11-2002 07:27 PM       View Profile for catalinamoon   Email catalinamoon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit catalinamoon's Home Page   View IP for catalinamoon

Ron, how nice to see some writings of yours here in your home. You captured the essence of this day well, I think.
Sandra
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This is at once scary and sad and hopeful. Bravo sir.
Duncan
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Yesterday, I listened.
Tomorrow, I will add my voice to theirs.
Tonight, the shadow of tragedy covers my world,
and I just want to sit on the edge of eternity
and dangle my feet into its void.

The shadow masquerading as night enfolds me,
and in her reflective embrace
I will find what comfort I can.
Yesterday, I cared,
tomorrow I will care again,
but tonight I will simply remember.

I've been in the forums off and on all day.  I haven't responded, only read.  Your poem said perfectly what I have been feeling.
Thank you Ron.
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11 posted 09-11-2002 07:53 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

"Another step becomes a half-step,
as I feel the jagged edge of Armageddon
prickle the sole of my foot
Five bare toes dangle helplessly
over the outstretched hand of eternity."

"Yesterday, I listened.
Tomorrow, I will add my voice to theirs.
Tonight, the shadow of tragedy covers my world,
and I just want to sit on the edge of eternity
and dangle my feet into its void."

"Yesterday, I cared,
tomorrow I will care again,
but tonight I will simply remember."

Ron, I've been sitting here after work, watching some of the media coverage ... and very often, "muting" the television, so my own thoughts could filter through. You captured, with amazing clarity, what I was trying so very hard to understand regarding my own emotions on this day ... but was not comprehending.  

Thank you for that ... and thank you ... for just being "you".

Best wishes and hugs to you,
/Kit
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12 posted 09-11-2002 07:57 PM       View Profile for Madame Chipmunk   Email Madame Chipmunk   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Madame Chipmunk's Home Page   View IP for Madame Chipmunk

This is awesomely written, Ron...
It conveys our sense of foreboding and fright very well...
A beautiful piece on a sad subject.
~ hugs from a sad Michigan Chipmunk

Lyra

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"poetry is life distilled"  Gwendolyn Brooks

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From my heart I say to you sir, how honored I am to read your words. It is so seldom that you grace us and come out from behind these sacred blue pages.

'...Yesterday, I listened.
Tomorrow, I will add my voice to theirs.
Tonight, the shadow of tragedy covers my world,
and I just want to sit on the edge of eternity
and dangle my feet into its void..."

Thank you. You are an amazing writer....Hugs, Marti

Every now and then take a good look at something not made
with hands -- a mountain, a star, the power of the ocean.
There will come to you wisdom,

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14 posted 09-11-2002 08:23 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Ron~

'All my certainties have long since
faded with the acrid smoke of tragedy,
like the illusions they always were.


Yesterday, I listened.
Tomorrow, I will add my voice to theirs.
Tonight, the shadow of tragedy covers my world,
and I just want to sit on the edge of eternity
and dangle my feet into its void.


Yesterday, I cared,
tomorrow I will care again,
but tonight I will simply remember.'


I can't express it any better than this ...
Thank you, Ron~
*Hugs*
~*Marge*~

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Remembering - is really what it's all about, isn't it?...  A silent tear upon a reflective eyelid is mirrored by a beaming smile in my heart - Just to see you write anew - You ARE my Inspiration, after all...
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Excellent write here Ron!
So pleased you came home to join us.
Your words are pure magic.
~Hugs & Smiles, Nancy~
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17 posted 09-11-2002 11:01 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Ron,
You don't post often but when you do I wouldn't miss it for the world. An excellent write and I have felt those feelings. You expressed it with your own elegance and style. And did it very well, thank you.
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Thank you.
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*sigh* methinks you penned it well!! I must agree with everyone else..sad isn't it..that we all seem to unite under such circumstances...

Kristen


If at first you don't succeed destroy all the evidence that you tried.

[This message has been edited by Ceinwyn (09-12-2002 01:24 AM).]

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Ron,
How sad that we are in the shadow of this tragedy. Much appreciated your reflective words. Well done indeed. Thanks. I wish you had more time to write.

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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You always say it better than I...and I thank you. You make me think, yanno that?
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All my certainties have long since
faded with the acrid smoke of tragedy,
like the illusions they always were.
There is too little justice, far too much hate,
and a thousand more Warnings every day of the year.


So very well said Ron.  We only get to see the words of the one who gives us this home so rarely, but when we do we are in for such a treat.  Thank you for sharing with your Passions family today and for this very insightful write.  Peace to all.

If I have touched one heart through my words, then I have acheived my dream...

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well said - have we all shared these concernes with the country's leadership?  Paul
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Ron,
You got it all down.

Mike
 
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