Poignantly Calm

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Poignantly Calm

I thought I saw Elvis Presley today,
Sunglasses, raised collar, a coal black toupee.
He drove a pink cadi with ornate trim,
A convertible polished from end to end.
His upper lip curled as he looked over at me,
A voice on the radio sang Tenderly.

And then there was this calm...

I thought I saw Abraham Lincoln today,
At a mall in the food court, carrying a tray,
A fine black suit and stovepipe hat,
Groomed grey beard and the way that he sat...
Raised visions of a statue in Washington, D.C.,
As I stared at him, he then stared at me.

And again, there was a calm...

I thought I saw Jesus in the clouds today,
His head was bowed, in a spiritual way,
There was pain in his eyes, a sympathetic tear,
And I heard a voice whisper softly and clear.
My son I am coming, it's time you see,
The world has neglected what's important to me.

And all was desperately calm...

Two score and 9 died in a flash,
As a plane bound for Buffalo suddenly crashed,
A man on the ground was killed as well,
The victim of the plane's fiery hell,
A plane left Brazil, got lost in a storm,
Eleven score eight from their seats were torn,
A man walked into a crowded museum,
Hoping his intended victims not see him,
A father decided to do things his way,
He killed his whole family, then walked away.

The world was deafeningly calm...

What could the meaning of these prophesies be?
They all seem so vivdly real to me,
I looked to the sky and began to pray,
Lord, how'd the world get this way?
Are these the signs of an apocalyptic storm?
Subtle reminders? Revelation's faint horn?
Give me the strength, the fervor of psalm,
To decipher illusions so poignantly calm.

And then it began to rain...

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Charlie23 commented on Poignantly Calm

04-15-2010

I know I've commented before on your extreme talent! You never fail to blow my mind. I can't get over how vivid the images are in my mind when I read your work. While at the same time you never go overboard with adjectives. Love this poem, another great peace of yours!

mamasan commented on Poignantly Calm

11-14-2009

Are these signs of an apocalyptic storm; I think not though they would seem to be at first glance. The difference is that they are manmade and not by the hand of God. That is the hell-blinding pain I feel as we all witness these atrocities seemingly with no rhyme or reason. The poignantly calm which seems to follow is the same calm I'm feeling because I have no answer. However, I do not think these storms are god-made; rather man-made because of his insatiable greed and having dispensed with the advice Moses brought us on a tablet given to him from on high. Ah, this poetry, grand knight, definitely provokes my thought juices to flow. Yes, it began to rain and there is no sign of the bluebird of happiness on the horizon.

lucky62 commented on Poignantly Calm

08-31-2009

very deep a disturbing reminder of the shape of things great imagery and concise work thanks for sharing this.......

tortured commented on Poignantly Calm

08-21-2009

um, yeah... brilliant my friend. surprised by your talent, in a good way. keep writing!

PhantomPoet commented on Poignantly Calm

08-14-2009

You speak my thought well, might it be we have a kindred spirit?

kmooney

08/14/2009

Maybe?

Poetry is either something that lives like fire inside you or else it is nothing, an empty formalized bore around which pedants can endlessly drone their notes and explanations.

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