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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Once in a Blue Moon (01/06/11)

TITLE: The day 'Universal Goodness' died
By vincent lyons
01/13/11


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On occasion an occurrence
Shapes our thinking evermore
And changes the prevailing point of view—
An event without precedence
Rocks convention to the core—
I recall from my lifetime only two.

First was downtown Dallas, Texas,
Late November, sixty three—
When President John Kennedy was killed—
I sat silent, stunned, perplexed
In the school refectory—
The emptiness, our brash young voices stilled.

While I live I’ll not forget it—
Something sinister was born—
I saw a dark I never wished to know;
All my youthful hopes affected,
Aspirations ripped and torn—
I’d never thought humanity so low?

Almost forty years went past
‘Till a blue Manhattan morn—
Commercial planes became the tools of war;
Stood dumbfounded, watched aghast—
Everything we value scorned—
Fanatics brought their terror from afar.

Thousands killed by callous fiends,
While the world’s sad millions cry,
Much more than just two towers came crashing down;
We saw live on TV screens
‘Universal goodness’ die—
Left shattered grand illusions on the ground.

Both events made such an impact,
Deeply influenced my thoughts,
Indelibly imprinted on my mind—
For these stark and awful acts
And the brutal truth they taught
Will not fade with the fleeting feet of time.

Two frozen days beyond compare
When the hands of time stood still
When life itself seemed hanging in suspense;
Some part of me still lingers there
And while I live it always will—
Recollecting is perhaps recompense.


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Linda Wright01/13/11
This wonderful poem is right on topic. I am sure that there will be many readers like me who remember these two events and agree that they changed everything... not just in the US. The rhyme pattern is so good as well. I hope this places in the challenge. Good luck.
Carol Penhorwood 01/13/11
You said much of what was in my heart, but said it so much better than I ever could.
Beth Muehlhausen01/15/11
I definitely identify! Very well stated. Also, your word choices and rhyme scheme are awesome!!
Mariane Holbrook01/17/11
Very, very nice job. You deserve big time kudos for this one! Wow!
Henry Clemmons01/20/11
Excellnt job, Vincent. Congrats on EC. And a great entry.
Kim Hamlin01/21/11
Congratulations Vincent, great job!