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Divorce Bard

Divorce Bard
pretty how town, USA
February 13
While the ashes of marriage #2 were cooling, I began a journal here in verse, to keep myself out of trouble. So far so good, and one day at a time. I took a hiatus this past January, and I missed it terribly. Writing daily had changed the way I think - not my opinions, but the process of thinking itself. So here I am back again, and hungry. I began with three rules: (1) Iambic pentameter, (2) Perfect rhyme, and (3) It had to be true (no hyperbole). I hereby amend rule number 3: If I'm writing about myself, yes, it has to be true. But it doesn't, if I want to tell a story.


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FEBRUARY 26, 2012 5:13PM

An Incident.

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A car went off the road, and hit a tree.
An ambulance was summoned to the scene.
Two kids were fine, as far as all could see.
And one, a girl, is dead at seventeen.

I knew her just a bit, when she was small.
At seven, she was headstrong. Pretty. Bright.
Now ten years on, she isn't there at all.
She died, one uneventful weekend night.

I've always liked her mom.  Sometimes we talk,
Of homework, girls, and things we've learned, or tried.
The mourners filled the church, and steps, and walk,
With grief too great to be contained inside.

Tomorrow, all of us will carry on.
One hopeful life is over.  She is gone.

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I'm so sorry for the family, the community and the young lady gone to soon...
" ... grief too great to be contained inside." gulp. so very sorry, db.
A deft tribute, and comprises the feeling of "why" when a young person dies and life goes on.
DB, I am so sorry.
Very tragic but well written. My heart aches for those involved.
sorry for it all, DB. you've done a lovely job with this heavy task ~
Very powerful piece, DB. Thank god you have words. Thanks for this.
My sincerest condolences, life so young, how sad.
Thanks everyone. Thank you.
So nice. And so sad.
"One hopeful life ..."
For all of us who have known such a hopeful life ... now gone ...
thank you, Bard ... for you and for your words.
So sorry to read this, DB, it's tougher when a young one dies...especially by a crash. My heart goes out to those parents, to you who knew her just a bit when she was a girl.
We've had too many of those early deaths around here as well....
Sending my heartfelt condolences, and my admiration of your gentle words of sadness and loss. R
Such a well written sad sentiment. Bless her young soul.
I'm so terribly sorry.
How sad.

Your title both collapses and expands my sense of this.
This is so sad. We just went through this with a couple of my kids acquaintences. Its just not fair that hopeful lives have to end so soon.
I like that you brought in the girl's mom. The narrative is still an outsider's perspective, but it reminds you that the poor soul had 'insiders' too- family, friends.
Oh Bard, this is so sad. I hope it helped to write it. I agree adding her mother made it all the more real to those of us who did not know her.r
17? Oh dear.

DB, I am sorry I am late here but more I am so very sorry for the loss of one so young.