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All I had to Say was No

by James Zealy

At eleven
He swayed back and forth
In an upside down stool
And dared to brattily ask is this safe

When not 60 seconds later
It fell and through
The french glass doors
His arm dashed
Blood gushing a river

My inattentive reverie was smashed
As I watched stunned and frozen

I the "Eagle Scout" did not act
While his brother
Whipped off his white tee
And did what I could not

Stopped the crimson river
Consoled a brother not of his blood
While I cleaned the bright red residue
As the ambulance whisked him to safety

Where all I had to say was no


Posted on 02/23/2006
Copyright © 2021 James Zealy

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Michelle Angelini on 04/27/06 at 01:27 AM

James, not sure how I missed this one. The emotions go so much deeper than the words. Regret is so evident, plus a small sense of guilt.

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