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Topic: Soul (07/13/06)
TITLE: The Forgotten
By Kenn Allan
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Through freshly-shoveled earth,
A grim reminder of my name,
And days allowed since birth.
I rise above the icy stone,
In phantom shades of white;
Encircled by unearthly mists,
I cry into the night ...
<i>"Who forgot to call my name?
Please make your presence known;
I do not wish to linger here,
Afraid and all alone."</i>
The thunder rumbles east to west,
In lieu of a reply,
And clouds blot out my final hope,
Held captive in the sky.
Straining upward through the storm,
With dark unblinking gaze,
I shake my fist against the gale,
And lightning’s brilliant blaze ...
<i>“Who forgot to take my hand,
And walk me through the rain?
Because I thought nobody cared,
I sheathed my heart with pain.”</i>
The tempest howling through the trees,
Bequeaths a mournful song,
Composed of grief and broken dreams,
And prayers which don’t belong.
Rebuking stones and monuments,
Of those who share my fate,
I turn to flee but cannot move,
Beyond the rusted gate ...
<i>“Who forgot to speak the truth,
When God incurred my wrath?
By drinking deep of bitter tears,
I wove a twisted path.”</i>
The muffled crunch of grinding rock,
As earth reveals a gaping wound,
With hellish fires aglow.
Unholy legions swarm my grave,
And strip me of my choice,
Their horrid screaming fills my ears,
And drowns my pleading voice ...
<i>"Who forgot to save my soul,
Before my time to die?
Without my cloak of sinful flesh,
The chance has passed me by."</i>
Hands of darkness drag me down,
For sins I can't atone;
Resisting more than in my life,
I clutch at polished stone.
Before me stands the marble slab,
Which bears my graven name,
A grim reminder who forgot,
And who deserves the blame ...
Exhausted, I release my grip,
And slip into the flame.
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