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What remains unsaid is haunting.  You are repulsed by your train of thought,
yet realize that the truth may be worse than your strangled imagination.
   reactions telling
   the unspoken - ominous
   ...they have been touched


tears flowing
face contorted, body tensed...
i'm startled by his silence


The playground's edge;
sun-dress and sunshine
playfully splayed.
   Childhood fading, she
   caresses her baby bump.


begging bus fare -
clutching at hems
somber faces


Their marriage confounds;
her best friend,
his lover.
The CLACK gives a reprieve
...old ammunition


diaper sores
no comfort found
in sour milk


Six, no words still -
plucked hair and suckled thumb.
She grafts him in, our new family member
...one day he's gone.


derelict sedan
a parking lot eyesore
sleeps six
Significant edit 11/26/2012
A series of short works, some in Eastern forms, exploring modern pathos and the pressing need for compassion. A trail of tears from my life's experiences.
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:iconvertigoart:
Stanza 1: This could mean so many things to so many different people. it is the first of many powerful remarks made in this piece and a nearly perfect opener for it. It draws the reader to to want to know more while still giving a sense as to what the piece is about (loss and a need for understanding and compassion)

Stanza 2: Here I picture a young boy silently crying while a male figure in his life looks on with disdain or with no care at all. I could be wrong but that is how I see it.

Stanza 3: Again I picture the little boy whose mother is trying, but she is more worried about what is to come than what is already there in front of her.

Stanza 4 - 8: I see the little boy grown, almost, and experiencing life for himself and realizing that it is not all flowers and sunshine and that sometimes life really does just suck, but we get through it in the end even if we only have ourselves.
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:iconhalcyonshores:
halcyonshores Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Deeply touched and greatly moved, I stand.
Thank you for sharing this. :heart:
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:iconrlkirkland:
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I've been witness to much sadness in my life.
Thank you for taking time to read, comment and collecting so much of what I do.
All greatly appreciated. :heart:
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:iconhalcyonshores:
halcyonshores Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As are you. :heart:
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Writer
A poignant cluster of memories, treated with poetic sobriety.
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:iconrlkirkland:
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, a deeply personal series.
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012   Writer
Those are the only kind worth reading, IMHO :)
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:iconsammur-amat:
Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012   General Artist
This piece is pure brilliance, yes it is. :heart:
Excellent job, good sir! :clap:
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:iconrlkirkland:
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm happy to have been able to strike a responsive chord.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read and favor it. :heart:
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012   General Artist
The pleasure is all mine, dear sir :heart:
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:iconbrassteeth:
brassteeth Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
It's simply a masterpiece.

I would say it is your Magnus opus but for the fact I believe there are greater things in you yet.

All suffering is churned to words. All human experience made articulate.

A worthy, worthy piece.
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:iconrlkirkland:
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You continue to be a patron in the most positive and affirming ways.
Yor words are, as always, deeply appreciated. :sun:
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:iconvertigoart:
VertigoArt Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Writer
This is quite beautiful sir. Separately the stanzas stand on their own, but collectively they form something geniously wondrous.
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:iconrlkirkland:
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I honored by the great attention this has received from you.
Thank you.
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:iconsneds:
Sneds Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
A plethora of journeys thoroughly enjoyed.

Bravo, Sir.
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:iconrlkirkland:
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for taking the time to comment, and for favoring them as well.
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:iconsneds:
Sneds Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
As always, it was a great pleasure for me to do so, Ron.

I particularly appreciated the rhythmic imagery of this fine piece.
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:iconlancelotprice:
LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Oh, those trails. Somehow they start from many places and yet seem to arrive at the same destination.
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:iconrlkirkland:
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Too true.
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:icondeinktvis:
deinktvis Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student Writer
requiem for america.
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:iconrlkirkland:
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Sadly... :tears:
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numbskulled00 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's sad how something like this is right outside our back doors,going on all the time and alot of people don't even stop long enough to pay attention. This is like a puzzle,just fit the pieces together and it falls into place. Now if only Life was like that. Great Job!!!!
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:iconrlkirkland:
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Awareness is a prerequisite to compassionate action.
Thank you. :)
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:iconnumbskulled00:
numbskulled00 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just sad that seems like we don't have enough of it anymore.
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Horsecricket Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, nice imagery... well composed :D Rather sad, but just goes to show how much a good writer can grab a hold of those emotions and pull them out.
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:iconrlkirkland:
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, :heart:
...and for adding it to your favorites. :)
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:iconhorsecricket:
Horsecricket Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
of course :D
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timeraider Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oddly enough, #1 kindled some warmth and hope for me. I just had a sense that even at rock bottom, surrounded by the [cold, hard] parking lot and [worn, ugly] sedan, there were people still finding strength in togetherness.
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:iconrlkirkland:
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
A wonderful reading. Thank you. :)
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:iconchadwood:
chadwood Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011   Writer
I can't begin to describe the amount of images, and emotions this created for me. It was a very heavy read (in so few words)

outstanding.
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:iconrlkirkland:
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
One sees many distressing things over the course of 60+ years.
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:iconchristianonfire7:
Christianonfire7 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:hugs you:

Deep.
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:iconrlkirkland:
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
One runs into many sad events over the course of a lifetime. :hug:
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:iconchristianonfire7:
Christianonfire7 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That we do, and sometimes the only thing that gets us through it is the strength within ourselves.
Well, for me, it;s God that gets me through it.
:hug:
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Economic and stark, Ron. Excellent piece!
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:iconrlkirkland:
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you Alec. :)
Means a lot :heart:
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
I loved it!
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onyxabrasion Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
You said so much in so few words, a talent I mostly lack.
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:iconrlkirkland:
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, an attribute that is desired in these forms. :heart:
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:iconheather713:
Heather713 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
This brought me to so many places with so few words. Very nicely done.
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:iconrlkirkland:
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:) Mission accomplished. :sun:
This is day one of a 'series' of like topic.
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:iconheather713:
Heather713 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Look forward to reading the rest!
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:iconrlkirkland:
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:rose::rose::rose:
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