Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Mid Week Motif/ A Phenomenon

A Phenomenon
it was a phenomenon      what happened at times square that day      a criminal act

without provocation        an ambush                                                    quiet unexpected

it is said                           they came out of nowhere                            hurling bullets

rocks                                arrows...                                          and other hurting things

no reason could be given       it seemed they had been waiting           for just such an


wanted to say                   exactly what was on their minds                 held nothing back

there was a storm on the horizon        the flood came                          swept cars away

wild fires scorched the earth               people had to flee                     there is change

                                                                                                                   on the land

unrest among the people                     some say                                   it is climate change

some say                            a change of the heart                                  love lost

repent                                 the end draws nigh                                     no safe place to

September 16, 2015

Note:  Phenomenon

Phenomenon: something (such as an interesting fact or event) that can be observed and studied and that typically is unusual or difficult to understand or explain fully.

Crime: an act that is foolish or wrong

Offense: something that causes a person to be hurt, angry, or upset

2 : something that outrages the moral or physical senses

3 a: the act of attacking: Assault

4 a: the act of displeasing or affronting

b: the state of being insulted or morally outraged

5 a: a breach of moral or social code: sin, misdeed


X said...

I was just telling some of my kids my 9-11 story today. Most of them were less than a year old at the time, so they have no frame of reference - of course they have seen the Baltimore riots, the shootings in movie theatres and such so they understand - it is a crazy world out there.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

I sometimes wonder whether the end is nearer than we think..?
Thought provoking piece.

Lots of love,

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I can feel the unrest of society reflected in this poem. Everywhere such horrifying things are happening, it is hard to hold onto balance. Well expressed, my friend. And deeply felt.

Susan said...


"...there is change on the land

unrest among the people / some say / it is climate change
some say / a change of the heart ..."

And it is most likely both and more. Such a powerful piece. In this poem the fragmentation is more than form. Love it.

Mary said...

It does seem that so many things are happening in this world that there are fewer and fewer places where one is safe. Makes me wonder what is next....

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

'No safe place to hide' has always been true, I think. We live, for the most part, under an illusion. (And yet, there are other truths also.) I always admire the way you write, and sometimes the harsh truths need to be told.

Myrna R. said...

Who could ignore your words? Powerful, frightening. I wish they described a movie. Sadly, they don't. Great write Annell.

Sumana Roy said...

Truth is hard, harsh and unpalatable and scary...well brought out....

Jae Rose said...

i wonder if things are truly unexpected if as we all may know there is never an absolutely safe place to hide..a delicately powerful poem Annell... xo

Hannah said...

What caught my attention was the portion about the change in the land and in hearts...causes me to think about how the land and hearts of humankind are interconnected...powerful poetry, annell.

X said...

Guess I am not worthy.

G L Meisner said...

A very deep look into humanity.