Now a Grassy Field

This poem reflects upon the consequences of actions by both nature and man.  Over the years, these events have included endless examples:  earthquakes, drought, tornadoes, wild fires, hurricanes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, floods, chemical spills, wars, and many more.  Where once stood a robust village–which was full of life–now replaced by the marker of an empty, grassy field.

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Hidden corner

World’s heartache

Void’s emptiness


Time long ago

Quaint village

Breathing with life


Disaster struck

Shredding life

Snuffing out breath


Natural acts

Or man-made

Crushing spirits


Now a grassy field



Village gone

Quietness speaks


Lasting impact

Death now reigns

Changed forever


No more children

Shops shuttered

Purging future


Sun still rises

Nothing shines

Sunrise crying


Now a grassy field

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Menu of Choices

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Life comes at us every day

Today’s choices have much to say


Right now, Option A looks quite good

Wishing for luck, knocking on wood


Infinite possibilities

Some become liabilities


One choice navigates life forward

Life seems so straightforward


Another turns life upside-down

Flipping plans into dark ghost town


Daily question:  What choice to make?

Tomorrow’s answer now at stake


Opportunities from choices

Watch out for temptation’s voices


Making choices, powerful tool

Please just one, become a jewel


Life’s mistakes searching for feedback

Answers help to keep us on track


Menu of choices fills desires

Lighting up our inherent fires


Near life’s hot stove, always aware

Certain choices may burn, beware


Searching with hands, hearts, and minds

Our next choice, what will it now find?


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