Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Stones Will Remember

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Alone on a hill
a young boy stood
deep in the Appalachians
looking out
at the lakes and valleys below
the land his father and grandfather
roamed to fish and hunt.
They were gone now
and all that remained
were their dreams and stories.
The simple life, the good life
of the poor folk and their kin
soon to be a memory
kept only by the stones
that might survive.

Across the ocean
it was coming without a sound
carried by the sad wind
and the dark rain.
He could hear the echoes.

In a far off city
in a dim room lit only by flickers of neon
a woman dreamt of the babe
that would never leave her womb.
Too late she waited, too long to say yes
and now that life would never be.

The sunlight had been gone for weeks
covered by the somber grey dust
left to blanket the earth.

We all knew it would come one day.
Yet, we continued to live as enemies
stealing each other's land and food
wiping the sky with dead promises
building the Tower of Babel
once again without a ladder to climb
killing for the right God to worship~
while the Only One wept.

We grew tired of trying
tired of the machines and computers
we'd built to make life easy.
Now they laughed at us
with garbled voices
closing down to punish us
for handing them the burden,
holding our children for ransom
our children . . .
who couldn't live without them anymore.

And when all the lights went out
and it was finished
the earth was silent
dark and silent
no green fields, no sunlight
just the lonely stones
that still remained
still remembered
the sounds of the creature called man
who once had walked the earth.


Joanne Cucinello 2008

10 comments:

  1. great picture and wonderful poem .

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  2. This is brilliant, Joanne.

    I love the style you used in this poem. Really good.

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  3. Excellent Joanne. Enjoyed this very much. It flows nicely and carried he theme extremely well throughout.

    On a different note, there is a poll being displayed at the MW Site. Could you please take the time to visit and vote if you haven't done so already? It would be greatly appreciated.
    Take care.
    ~JD

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  4. Thank you brainteaser. So nice of you to leave your kind comment!

    And thanks also, JD. Happy to hear from you. (Yes, I did vote!)
    Cheers!

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  5. admin@penmeapoem.comSeptember 25, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    A fascinating poem that read extremely well. I like it a lot.

    By the way, I have a weekly poetry prompt at my website if you're interested in joining in.

    http://www.penmeapoem.com/category/weekly-poetry-prompt/

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  6. Thank you so much, beakman! I will check out your weekly poetry prompts . . . I love to be prompted!

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  7. Hi Joanne

    I was disappointed to see that you no longer display the MW Society emblem on your blog. If you are no longer interested in being part of this community could you please email me at mwsmagazine@gmail.com so I can reflect the changes on our membership list?
    Thanks.
    ~JD www.mwsociety.wordpress.com

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  8. hey hope you enjoy my stories too, not for kids!!

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  9. Dear admin@penmeapoem,
    How did I miss your comment!? I don't know, but this is the first time I saw it. Forgive my dislocated brain these days. Thank you so much for your kind words. I will definitely check out your site.
    Happy Holidays!

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  10. Thanks for your kind and encouraging comment Joanne. I read the works you recommended and more. Just couldn't stop saying "beautiful" cos they really are.

    "And when all the lights went out
    and it was finished
    the earth was silent
    dark and silent
    no green fields, no sunlight
    just the lonely stones
    that still remained
    still remembered
    the sounds of the creature called man
    who once had walked the earth."

    I really, really liked this stanza. Keep up the good work Joanne. You are an inspiration!

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