Clutching Future’s Past

This poem embarks on an emotional journey, and I hope that my words have been respectful to all.  For some readers, these verses may bring back painful memories.  For others, a greater awareness of war’s images may come about.  

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Forceful, overnight tears

Halting rhythm to dreams

Shrouded in darkness

Dreading war’s extremes


Night’s stillness collapsing

Watching another scene

Filled with emotion

Fighting war . . . obscene!


Memories burst apart

Reliving fateful night

Cherished love taken

Losing precious knight


Distant battle breathes

Recalling sacrifice

Honored for courage

Paying supreme price


Sorrows of rain salute

Weeping nation holds fast

Gathered now as one

Clutching future’s past


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Marie Lu Quotes

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Each day means a anew twenty-four hours.  Each day means everything’s possible again.

Without emotion, what’s the point of being human.

Marie Lu (born 1984) is a Chinese-born author.  Many of her novels appeal to young adult readers.  She has lived in the United States since 1989 when her family left China during the Tiananmen Square Protest.

Toni Morrison Quotes

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Books are a form of political action.  Books are knowledge.  Books are reflection.  Books change your mind.

Let your face speak what’s in your heart.

Ohio-born Toni Morrison (1931-2019) experienced the ultimate tributes given any novelist when she received the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for her ground-breaking novel BELOVED and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.  Her many awards and published works were a testament to her gifts as a writer.

Jim Valvano Quotes

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Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.

If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day.  That’s a heck of a day.  You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.

Jim Valvano (1946-1993) was an American college basketball coach.  Born in Queens, New York, he brought his indefatigable spirit wherever he went.  

Elizabeth Gilbert Quotes

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Some days are meant to be counted, others are meant to be weighed.

Do not apologize for crying.  Without this emotion, we are only robots.

Elizabeth Gilbert (born 1969) is an American journalist and author.

Judith Wright Quotes

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Feelings and Emotions are the universal language and are to be honored.  They are the authentic expression of who you are in your deepest place.

When we are most, then we are least alone; for are these faces not identical?

Judith Wright (1915-2000) was a renowned poet, environmentalist, and champion of aboriginal rights in Australia.  She was the 1998 recipient of the Australian National Living Treasure Award.