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Poetry Pleases: Saturday, March 15 - On The Eve Of War

“In the evening
A rabbit threw its life at the wheels of my car
And was gone in a quick bump of tire…’’

Tony Ellis’s sombre words match a grim day in human affairs.

In the morning
As I sat in silence
A dead man came beside me
His form cold and gray
And I wondered if the Angel of Death
Had come for my soul

Weird spirits roamed the edge of my vision
Gasping sobs of exhaled air
As the war in men’s minds
Stirred the ghouls of decay

In the evening
A rabbit threw its life at the wheels of my car
And was gone in a quick bump of tire
And a young boy named Jeffrey
Died a pointless death
Naked and alone
In the cold morning light
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From There is Wisdom in Walnuts; 27 Poems by Tony Ellis and a Couple by his Dad. ©2004 tony ellis / www.tonyellis.com

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