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the Reaper has more Clients now

by Michele Schottelkorb

did you ever hear (not listen)

a One scream in silent pain?


{the pendulum was swinging

   out of tune

   out of sync

   out of time

  when the One stepped softly off the edge}


society chisels at the shell

of human existence

breeding a generation of

sad geniuses and plastic people


to hide away for moments

would be bliss, don’t you think?


{the clock ticked slowly

   each chime

   each break

   each slice

  brought the One closer to reality}


if “man” knows so much~

why do children bleed

and money is a weapon?


the Reaper has more clients now

thanks to our “perfection”


March 13, 2004


Author's Note: inspired... (i'm an idiot... i went to move this poem and deleted it... so, if you think you've read this poem before, you probably have... thanks to those who commented on the first one, who are now gone forever... LOL)

Posted on 03/18/2004
Copyright © 2022 Michele Schottelkorb

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Mara Meade on 03/18/04 at 03:40 PM

Pointed and eloquent. I appreciated this one as it made me THINK!

Posted by Max Bouillet on 01/30/05 at 05:00 PM

Does the abundance of life make it less precious? Stunning imagery in this little verse. Thanks for sharing.

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