beneath the ground many
thousands of souls lay
they had their lives
songs of the requiem
play in remembrance
never shall the world forget
the disease's marring scar
that which dimmed a human's
light of existence
Tell me where is the path
To that which I once had
To that deep rich boundless love
That I, the reader, can only dream of...
Tell me, where lies my heart
Damaged, splintered in shards.
As his, pierced by the arrow of death
Which in turn took captive his last breath
Tell me, where has he gone
When the night sheds to dawn
When his light, his aura fades
Into a darkness, a tunnel of grey
Tell me, when will I breathe again
Without a pain that can paralyze
Without the river
drowning my heart
from all those tears that I've cried.
Please stop them from tearing me apart because
I've promised to keep them all inside.
Until that one morning, when I awaken
and know that each step taken
will be for you, my friend.
Because you showed me so much, even up to the end..
For you my friend, where ever you are...
old telegraph road
births, deaths and marriages
did you hear the news?
it is my duty to inform you...
the pleasure of your company is requested...
at 2:03pm (AEST) Monday, weighing 6lbs 7oz...
old telegraph road
eighty miles of cable
biographies dotted and dashed
- .... . -. / -.-. .- -- . / - .... . / -.-. .... ..- .-. -.-. .... . ... --..-- / - .... . -. / -.-. .- -- . / - .... . / ... -.-. .... --- --- .-.. ... / - .... . -. / -.-. .- -- . / - .... . / .-.. .- .-- -.-- . .-. ... --..-- / - .... . -. / -.-. .- -- . / - .... . / .-. ..- .-.. . ... / - .... . -. / -.-. .- -- . / - .... . / - .-. .- .. -. ... / .- -. -.. / - .... . / - .-. ..- -.-. -.- ... / .-- .. - .... / - .... . .. .-. / .-.. --- .- -.. / .- -. -.. / - .... . / -.. .. .-. - -.-- / --- .-.. -.. / - .-. .- -.-. -.- / .-- .- ... / - .... . / - . .-.. . --. .-. .- .--. .... / .-. --- .- -.. .-.-.- / -- .- .-. -.- / -.- -. --- .--. ..-. .-.. . .-. .-.-.-
considering all the people
we have lost throughout the years
grandparents parents lovers uncles aunts
if lucky no children
we know that our time to leave this world
will come to pass eventually
as long as we feel full of life
we prefer not to think of this too often
borne by the vague conviction
that the survivors of our family
will bear the pain of loss
as we did years ago
and live on
one cannot help start wondering
about some leaders' meandering
rather than take decisive measures
they pander to their selfish pleasures
claiming they are in full control
and never mind the rising toll
of deaths, infections, unemployed
during the crisis
acknowledgment of actual danger
instead fan hate, divisiveness and anger
ignore all human suffering
but only aim at buffering
their own political survival
it seems high time for the arrival
of real statesmen who can stall
that deadly downward spiral
and save their nations
from being driven
full speed into the wall
driving home to you
unfortunately I died
~ text said I love you
driving and texting
new car for graduation
~ hi guys guess what I'm
busy city streets
need to text spouse I'll be late
~ pedestrian hit
can't wait to see you
didn't see car stopped ahead
~ text never sent
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7/4/2020 - Poetry form: Senryu - stoptextsstopwrecks.org - © 2020 Mark Toney. All rights reserved.
avoid military service
due to a bone spur
for which there is no evidence
have managed to tell
an average of 16.5 lies per day
since elected into office
slander possible opponents
and everybody else who
has a different opinion
divide their country
at a time when unity
were most desirable
sets police on peaceful protesters
just so they can pose for a photo-op
before a church flaunting a bible
but only for self-aggrandizement
for those who suffer most
the victims of racist violence
the thousands of deaths from the pandemic
caused by his delayed actions
the 20 millions of unemployed
people there are who
are simply too incompetent
to lead a country
The world is on fire,
Where is the water?
Screams, screeches, groans and wails,
Brutalities, agonies, torture, and blood,
Tear Gases, pallet guns, bullets and bombs
Humanity sobs, world is falling apart
Kids are blinded
Men are jailed
Women are molested
The old are tortured
Luckily, you have food
Billions are starving
You have a warm blanket
Trillions live under the frigid sky
Dreams are murdered
Voices are unheard
Wishes are being blurred
Every heart has become graveyard
Sweet melodies step down as Sighs take over the throne
Rainbow of Joy is washed by the deluge of tears
Soul of humanity becomes a pray of endless wild Forest of Wars
Even the Sun refuses to rise above the Plumb, snowy mountains
Yet you say world is beautiful??
For you are at peace….
Come out of your palace
You will see….
Sky painting itself red!
Butterflies renouncing their dreams
Birds with trimmed wings
Blood oceans, barren trees, burnt houses,
Teared eyes, and shattered bodies
Earth is ugly
Earth is savage
Earth is a cage
Earth is a jinxed place
I think I am going to go crazy .
Being isolated for weeks on end.
I hate being indoors .
I like being outside for a walk especially when it's a lovely day with my camera .
Well I am going to break the rules
and out for a walk .
After all the UK isn't on lock down.