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Staring at the Dark

by Dave Fitzgerald

The rough of a distant
stray dogs bark
brings memories of
staring at the dark
of a far away corner
of an Armagh year
and the sound
of a thousand mothers' tears.

Of sneers
and jeers
of Belfast nights,
of names
and flames
and bloody sights,
of guns
and knives,
wasted lives,
fatherless kids
and widowed wives.

Of all the years
of fear
and hate,
of soldiers lost
and friendships great.
Of scorn
and spit
and spite raw.
Of a small
but long and
bloody war.

The rough of a distant
stray dogs bark...

I'm aware.

I'm staring at the dark.


Posted on 05/18/2008
Copyright © 2022 Dave Fitzgerald

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Mary Frances Spencer on 05/19/08 at 04:37 AM

And so it continues...how can we shine some light into the faces of war? MFS

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 05/19/08 at 04:56 PM

...dave, man, something sent me to read this, it is a righteous write, what a bunker full of feelings and sights...touche, meman, touche! charlie

Posted by Rhiannon Jones on 05/23/08 at 01:59 PM

Beautifully written, and memorable I predict.

Posted by D. James McKee on 08/22/08 at 12:22 PM

A powerful, powerful, piece of writing. Congrats on POTD, well deserved!

Posted by George Hoerner on 08/22/08 at 03:27 PM

Congratulatons on a well deserved POTD. A very strong and well done piece.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 08/22/08 at 03:53 PM

Can't believe I missed this when it came out. A fine POTD! Very grim and powerful. The short lines give the reader quick punches - most effective. The title with its several meanings is brilliant.

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 08/22/08 at 04:24 PM

Dave, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! on POTD! This one is a graphic reminder that peace on earth doesn't reign in all of its "corners." The subtle emotion in your words are actually extremely powerful.

Posted by Sandy M. Humphrey on 08/24/08 at 12:27 AM

Congrats of POTD, very descriptive and haunting. smh

Posted by Shirin Swift on 08/26/08 at 01:05 AM

lilting and nightmarish, well written

Posted by Angela Nuzzo on 08/26/08 at 05:48 AM

This is beautiful, Dave. The power of a single sound/smell/sight to trigger a flood of memories. As Daniel said, your rhyme & meter work wonderfully. I think it's because you varied each stanza, so the poem didn't become sing-songy. Nice job.

Posted by Sophia Grace on 08/26/08 at 04:16 PM

Beautiful job. I love being trapped in this nightmare-world.

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