Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Who Stands?


Blasting through the batwing doors
A young gun in a whiskey fit
Aces and eights and eighty-eight notes
Virtue bleeds black as wicked redeems

Young and dumb and dead is done
a blaze of bloody glory gone
But who stands and bravely pays? 
Silent is the widow's cry

There's glory there for fallen men
But ne'er does a dead man dance  
No songs sung for the standing brave
The silent stings after the wake

Raised 'em right and buried ripe
a blaze of bloody glory gone
But who stands when dead is done?
Silent is the widow's cry



Kerry and the Toads are inspired by silent movies today (eighty-eight are the notes on a standard piano)

9 comments:

  1. This reminds me a little bit of Kerry's poem about the juggernaut. Have you ever seen the Twilight Zone episode about the movie cowboy hero who is really a wimp? It's pretty good.

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  2. This really did give me flashback memories to some of those silent movies. It somehow has the same, slightly speeded, rhythm and the imagery is amazing. Well done!

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  3. I think this is an excellent response to the challenge, Sam. The aces (spades, of course) and the inclusion of the word black in the amazing opening stanza really connects to the black and white world and the scene you have portrayed plays out in front of my eyes like a silent movie. The silent widows cry really reverberates throughout.

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  4. this one's a great take on the prompt...

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  5. "Silent is the widow's cry" Death, even acted in silence brings such pain. There is glory given to those who died, but the widow is left with silent cries.

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  6. It is very dramatic and bold - just like the old silent movies! Perfect

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  7. Your closing is poignant and perfect, Sam...great poem!

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