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Wednesday 1 May 2013

Rapacity (Greed)

The day began with birds singing.
Children played beneath an awning.
Laughter rippled through the spring air.
Then all ceased without warning.

Bolts of light in the distance.
Violent quakes shook the earth.
Rolling waves of dark clouds came crashing,
engulfing everything in its broadened girth.

Terrifying screams go unheard,
muted by the tempestuous blasts.
Where laid a beautiful city
now lay mere remains of their pasts.

The small child, was too frightened to run.
Her quivering lips called for her mother.
There was no response.
Frozen in her place, nowhere to take cover.

Tears stained her delicate rosy cheeks,
as her nose began to bleed.
Clueless of what was happening,
she witnessed the world fall to its knees.

Fires consume the ill-fated city
below the mountain where she’s born.
Screams were heard from burning victims.
Doubtless then, she had been forlorn.

Planes flew furiously overhead
dropping more terror onto the people below.
In the vast distance, defense armies were gathering
They too, find it hard to swallow.

The poisons had spread into their lungs.
Every living thing soon perished.
Subdued without prejudice or favoritism.
Inconceivable for life to flourish.

Ashes fell upon her golden lashes,
tainting the life she just began,
and forever demolishing her memories
with the day rapacity conquered man.

---A. Joleigh


  1. Beautiful and haunting. I would love for you to write a poem about bullying. I can feature it on my blog, FB Fan Page, twitter, reddit, StumbleUpon, tumblr...it would spread like wildfire. :D

  2. Once again, you hit one out of the park. I will keep pushing you and pushing you. So...what's next for the contests?

  3. Adrianna, the sense of sadness and impending doom, the horror of the images of wars effect on children and innocence all merge into poetic splendor. Thanks for sharing!

  4. So very, very tragic. You write so expressively and with depth. Very goodl.

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  5. Thank you, you guys. :) It's much more fulfilling having someone who enjoys reading what I'm writing. :)