Some Endings…

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Some endings seem to be more difficult than others…

Pulling on heartstrings trying to sew the broken

Crying tears of sorrow for a love turned cold

Graduation brings a mixed bag of joy and apprehension

Knowing challenges // struggles // and hard work lay in store

On the only path to their growth and success

Friend separation leaves empty space // but never in our heart

True friendship never ends// no matter how far they roam

Reunions always seem like it was only yesterday

 

But // losing a loved one is the most difficult of all endings

A child before parent // an unimaginable ending

A parent who passes early leaves a giant hole in one’s heart

Cruel dementia is very difficult to accept

Living on without memory is an ending none of us desire

Living till we die is what we all hope and pray for

Some endings are more difficult than others

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

While commenting on Robert Okaji’s post “Forgotten” I wrote the statement in the opening line of this poem. I decided to use it as today’s prompt. Check out his post:

Forgotten

 

The Unanswered Questions of War

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I was saddened to hear today that the Assiad regime is gassing those who opposed his rule. I cannot imagine the horrors of having houses and towns destroyed by bombs and guns. How inhumane to stoop to the level of gassing other human beings in hopes of retaining power. Why do the neighboring countries not rise up in protest and help protect the innocent. No one in the Middle East seems to care about what is happening in Syria.  No one is taking a stand against these atrocities.  War is such a destructive and devastating event. I wrote this poem as a song that simply asks “How do you justify war to those who lose the one they love most?”

The Unanswered Questions of War

       (Written just prior to the second Iraq war)

 What do you say to the little girl’s mom

When all she has left is the child in her arms?

And the girl is there, and the girl is dead…

What do you say to the little girl’s mom?

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What do you say when no answers come

When the battle is over and the war is won?

How can you say it was worth the cost

When the one you loved most is lost?

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What do you say to the mother whose son

Was killed in the war so that freedom is won?

And the boy is there and the boy is dead…

What do you say to the mother at home?

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What do you say to the young wife at home

When all she has left is the flag in her palms?

And her husband is there, and her husband is dead

What do you say to the young wife at home?

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What do you say when no answers come

When the battle is over and the war is won?

How can you say it was worth the cost

When the one you loved most is lost?

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        What do you say to the little girl’s Mom?

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth