And they did come

And they did come
By AJ O’Brien.

So empty the shadows
that danced within her eyes,
how sad the children
at the birth of her demise.

Came the lonely
clutching their goodbyes,
dragging hearts of sorrow
beneath cast iron skies.

Came the fools with gold
and so too the wise,
along with her inner demons
wearing a sad disguise.

And so her people wept
until the sun did rise,
and one and all forgave
her unforgivable lies.




44 thoughts on “And they did come”

  1. I was spellbound from start to finish, darkling Alan! A heart filled with darkness remains so in life and in death. Redemption isnโ€™t for everyone. Exquisite work! Iโ€™m left breathless. ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’ž

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  2. This powerful poem does raise the question, do we grieve for what someone really was, or what we wanted them to be? Can we forgive those unforgivable lies? All your poems make me think (and not just because I tend to be a bit slow on the uptake), but this one seems to operate on so many levels…. Good job, Alan!!!

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      1. I have a funeral today and elderly parents and it just made me reflect on how once our loved ones go I expect forgiveness for whatever (if needed at all) comes flooding in. Maybe not all the time but I expect a lot of it.

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  3. I have read and re-read this poem several times and each time it suggests something slightly different and gives a little more: perhaps the death of one whose faults are now dismissed; perhaps the failings of a deity; or the fact that we never truly see what lies behind those we have known.
    Whichever may be the case this is a remarkable poem. Excellent work.

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  4. Oh this is so solemn. Everyone weps her pain for lying. But the forgive. I love how this story is told. It’s actually upbeat though it doesn’t sound like it. I see the outcast being included back into community. Nice one! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ–ค

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  5. Iโ€™ve always found it strange that when someone dies, they suddenly sprout a halo. All their wrongs are immediately forgivenโ€”or ignored as if the misery they sowed never happened.
    Your excellent choice of words set just the right mood for your poem. Great work!

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  6. how sad the children
    at the birth of her demise.

    along with her inner demons
    wearing a sad disguise.

    and one and all forgave
    her unforgivable lies.

    I like the words you put next to each other birth/demise; And you hide meaning until after I have read it: inner demons/sad disguise (to cover their happiness of evil); and you communicate intensity: all forgave/unforgiveable
    Great poem!

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