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Not A Poet
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0 posted 2000-06-22 11:23 AM

For the official dedication of the memorial
on the fifth anniversary of the bomb.  

             April 19, 1995

The lone Survivor Tree stands quiet guard,
A chain link fence defends the sacred ground,
Mementos left to lives forever scarred,
Foreboding sense of death looms all around.
Our fundamental hopes and dreams were shaken,
The innocent, the babes, the frail, the strong,
The hundred sixty-eight whose lives were taken,
Extinguished by a zealot's deed so wrong.
But Oklahoma City stood with pride,
Example fit for all to emulate,
We'll not succumb to terror, run or hide
Subdued by such a senseless act of hate.
We cover not with shame our solemn face
But pride to consecrate this hallowed place.


What terms shall I find sufficiently simple in their sublimity --
sufficiently sublime in their simplicity --
for the mere enunciation of my theme?
Edgar Allan Poe

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1 posted 2000-06-22 11:46 AM

This is a beautiful tribute to the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing. Thank you for sharing it with us.

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -Oscar Wilde
"The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief" -Shakespea

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2 posted 2000-06-22 01:51 PM

twas a good'un indeed!


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3 posted 2000-06-22 02:16 PM

very nice tribute
well done

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4 posted 2000-06-23 12:13 PM

this is excellent and should be part of the book
thanks for sharing this

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5 posted 2000-06-23 11:39 PM


I thought this one was excellent...a great choice!


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A local habitation and a name ~ Shakespeare

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6 posted 2000-06-24 12:35 PM

There's no way to critique mourning and rememberance, so I'll just say, good poem.


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7 posted 2000-06-24 06:20 AM

I think it's really nice that you wrote one for those who lost their lives in the boming
and for all in the city
and it's so well written...

If all was light...then I would have never learnt the dark...from which such truth evolves
from which evolves the light...
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8 posted 2000-06-25 01:37 PM

Pete, all I will say is thank you...*vote*
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9 posted 2000-06-26 01:30 AM


All my love,

Not A Poet
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10 posted 2000-06-26 10:03 AM

Many thanks to all of you who have responded. The bombing and the recent dedication of the memorial were both truly emotional events. I only hope that we have all learned a little from this senseless tragedy.

Thanks all,

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11 posted 2000-06-27 08:13 AM

Beautiful tribute to all in Oklahoma City.  Bonnie
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12 posted 2000-06-27 08:11 PM

This brought me to tears, Pete. What a wonderful tribute to those who died and to the heartbroken survivors...and to our nation. This should definitely go into the book. It's a wonderfully done sonnet that says it all. Love it.


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13 posted 2000-06-27 10:09 PM

This one is one of my favorites, mi amigo.  
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14 posted 2000-06-27 10:12 PM

You have a beautiful way with words for something so painful and tragic. Thank you for sharing this~
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15 posted 2000-08-03 04:46 PM

Bonnie, Denise, Jim and Butterflies,

Thank you all for your kind comments. It was indeed a tragic event and a sorry comment on the times.

Thanks all,

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