Sandford Lyne (on Ralph Waldo Emerson)
|The Triumph of Death|
Pieter Bruegel, the Elder (1562)
And now I will tell you the truth.
Everything in the world comes.
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It is a ravaging, this winter of incremental death.
A garden hosepipe stirs only dust the colour of ashes,
the bombings wounded 200 worshippers
injured for lifefragments of grass like shards of bone and the water
will not drain away into ground too arid to drink.
midday Friday prayers
deadly shooting during Bible study
Moving soil from here to there seemed an act
her death will lead to change
the bodies were borne my mournersof utmost futility, but two robins watched me at work
hopping close to my feet for the chance of a worm.
the presence of strange men
on the same day as the massacre
that some green things still live in my garden.
the victims were innocent holidaymakers
hundreds of people running and screamingPerhaps they count on sacred promises
far more than humanly possible, at least for me.
it was deafening
was the victim first killed before decapitated?
as a breeze stirs the leafless branches.
fatally shot as she sunbathed
we are at warThe sky is clear, the forecast was sunny
which means no rain, no kindly blanket of snow.
pulled an assault rifle out of his umbrella
cut (off) the evil hand
love to be found in unexpected places; peace, even,
the objectives of the criminal act have failed
the toll will likely risehere where this is only mud in the culverts, not flesh
nor blood. Yet my tears will not cease their flow.
a young girl serving icecream
a suspect has confessed to the grisly crime
On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, Ellen Wilson posted a challenge Writing Poetry from the Inside Out, based on the work of author, Sandford Lyne. I have taken much inspiration from her post in the writing of this piece, despite not exactly following the instructions - or laying bare the messages the world sent to me today on both the left and right hand side of the page. All texts in italics are taken from news reports at News24.com, printed on Sunday, June 28, 2015. They reference acts of terror in Kuwait, France, USA, Tunisia and Mali.