Shadows on the Page ... A Poem


I began to write this poem while listening to a song Tina Turner performed from "Thunderdome." I'm hardly a doomsday poet, but there are times when I worry about where mankind is headed. My message to the politicians of today is that we don't need another "hero"... we need each other, and a better understanding of the reality of the world.


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Shadows on the Page


Do you hear it?

Now...

It's heart, murmuring,

Beating, fleeting

Again...

Surrounding, bounding

It whispers...

We are the last of our kind.

It tells of the before,

The beyond we never see.

Our thirst, quickening,

The whisper fades.

We are creatures of the millennial desert --

Walkers of the sand,

Questing, unresting.

As words wither in the raggage,

The eye of the sun unblinding warns

Of our stories in time,

Long forsaken.

Again...

We are never turning, learning

What is left behind,

Becoming shadows on the page.



"We Don't Need Another Hero": Music Video of Tina Turner as Aunty Entity in "Thunderdome."


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Poetry written and copyrighted by Genna Eastman (Gena East) 2016

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billybuc 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

Beautifully dark...or darkly beautiful. I'm not sure which it is, but the message is powerful and unmistakable. We need to collectively pull out heads out of our.....

Blessings always, my friend.


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mckbirdbks 2 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Even when you write something a bit darker, your words seem so well chosen. You balance your work and that leaves such an impact.


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diogenes 2 months ago from UK and Mexico

Thought-provoking, enjoyable read. Most scientists seem to think we have about 100 years left. Love Tina: still scrubs up well, don't she?

Bob x


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always exploring 2 months ago from Southern Illinois

Like everyone else, this is dark but timely. Shadows are lurking, and all we can do is watch and wait, praying that the light will remind people of the past when we blindly played follow the leader. Genna I'm not sure if you follow Chris Mills, he has a piece today that will open the eye's of the blind. I love Tina. Thank you.


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randslam 2 months ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

Wonderfully written...great stuff. And for whom doth the bell toll? It tolls for we.


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Genna East 2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Billybuc: I don't know which it is either, but it's great either way. Thank you, my friend. :-)

Mcbirdbks: Hello Mike. You always leave gracious comments, written with a lot of thought and originality that make my day. Thank you!

Diogenes: Thanks, Bob. I've read the very same predictions.

Tina was my idol for years, and still is. She was in her mid-40's in the above video; she's now pushing 80...and still beautiful. We can only hope to be half as lucky when we reach her age.

AlwaysExploring: Hi Ruby. Thank you. I've always loved Tina. If you were lucky enough to see her in concert, she connected with her audiences in a way that was remarkable: Inexhaustible energy, each stylistic movement was eclectic, electric and contagious. She didn't need the gimmickry of light show videos in the background or the need to reinvent herself all of the time. You had the gift of Tina Turner...and that was more than enough.

I agree. When we will ever learn from our mistakes, our disregard for the past as a teacher for our future...

I haven't read Chris' new hub yet, but plan to very soon.

Randslam: What a great play on some very famous words. Thanks for the visit and comment. :-)


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marcoujor 2 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

A haunting and thought provoking piece ... Tina's song is the perfect accompaniment.


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AliciaC 2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a dramatic poem, Genna. It's also a powerful warning about our future. Thank you for sharing it.


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Jodah 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

Genna, this is a thought provoking and well written piece of poetry. What a wonderful song and singer to have inspired it. Well done.


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Genna East 2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Marcoujor: Hi Maria: I can't help but wonder if we will become those shadows on the page. Is this our legacy? I hope not. Thanks for the visit and comments. :-)


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Genna East 2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Aliciac: Hello Alicia. I don't know the answers -- aside from the fact that it is not in the saying but the doing that is most important. As Billybuc commented above, "pull our heads out of our ..." Thank you for that thoughtful comment.


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Genna East 2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Jodah: Hello, John. Thank you. The whisper represents our conscience and awareness. The sun does not blind but illuminates that which we refuse to see and learn. And I wanted to use words ending with -ing to denote the always present in time. Tina is terrific in performing this iconic song -- isn't she?


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FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

Excellent and foreboding, given all the things that are going on in the world. How did we get here? Your words are perfect and the selection of that song as well.


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randslam 2 months ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

How did we get here? And some of us didn't...my closest died in March...and yet we are still here and seemingly, trying to kill the whole planet, with elections like Drumphf--we might not have much time--he'll bomb the shit outta everyone...or so he claims. Damn, no time for poetry, maybe we need simile? :)


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 months ago from Riga, Latvia

An awesome poetic message. The world must wake up and soon.


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Genna East 2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Flourish: Thank you. I wonder the same thing, my friend.

Randslam: Your simile was perfect. :-)


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Genna East 2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Gypsy: I hear people say at times, "We won't do anything about it until it's too late." I hope they are wrong. Thanks for the comment. Have a good weekend. :-)


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bravewarrior 2 months ago from Central Florida

Genna, this poem is a beautiful portrayal of the path the world seems to be traveling, whether forced or chosen. It's time for a change.


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Vellur 2 months ago from Dubai

A beautiful poem with a great message.


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Genna East 2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Bravewarrior I'm so sorry I'm late, Shauna, but was away for the holidays. I hope you had a beautiful Christmas, my friend. And thank you for that lovely, perceptive comment.


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Genna East 2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Vellur: Thank you, Nithya, for the visit and comment. I try to write from the heart; sometimes it doesn't have a happy ending, but more of a warning to help us think about who we are and where we are headed.


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Nell Rose 8 weeks ago from England

Beautiful! and so very true! your message should be told out there yelled at the top of our voices! the world has gone mad! have a Happy New Year!


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Genna East 7 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks for the visit, Nell. I sometimes hear people say that the world has always been crazy. Well, not as dangerously crazy as it is now...and we seem to keep walking toward the abyss in a straight line. Happy New Year, Nell. :-)


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MartieCoetser 7 weeks ago from South Africa

I can so relate! I love your choice of words!


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Genna East 7 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you, Martie.

Happy New Year. I envy those warm temps you are experiencing in your summer months. Enjoy. :-)


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Shyron E Shenko 7 weeks ago

I love this thought provoking piece.

Hauntingly beautiful!

Happy New Year

Blessings my friend


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Genna East 7 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hi Shyron. This poem came tumbling out of while listening to Tina's song. It was bottled up inside, somehow. I don't think I've ever written poetry this quickly. It was something I just had to say. Thank you for that lovely comment. I'm grateful for your visit and encouragement.


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Peggy W 5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

What we need are politicians who think of the greater good and not just partisan politics. Just think what could be accomplished! We also need a more peaceful world. It seems so easy to wish and express and yet very far from reality in the world of today. That is sad.


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always exploring 5 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

Genna, I came to read again, your words are hauntingly true. You are so good at putting words together. I wish you would write more...


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fpherj48 5 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Genna....How profound! All that I would want to say about this piece of work, has been said by all our brilliant fellow-writers above. This makes it easy~~I'll just say, "Ditto."........Peace, Paula


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Genna East 5 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Peggy W: So true, Peggy. We have to make a greater effort to understand the reality of the world -- together -- and our need for each other which too many of our politicians don't want to acknowledge through their constant "us versus them" rhetoric. The strides we made recently concerning combating climate change is in jeopardy with this nonsensical "climate change is a hoax" gibberish. This only inflames the ignorance/character crisis we now find ourselves in.


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Genna East 5 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

AlwaysExploring: Hi Ruby. Thank you for that kind comment. I still have much work to do on my craft. If it hadn't been for supportive, special friends like you, I think I would have given up to the demands of time/life quite awhile ago. Hugs.


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Genna East 5 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

fpherj48: Hi Paula. I wasn't aiming for profound...I would have settled for, "Not bad." :-) So I am humbly grateful for your kind and generous comment. Thank you so much. Wishing you peace as well.


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fpherj48 5 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Genna...sometimes we find what we're looking for.....sometimes not. Sometimes we find more than we're looking for. Pot Luck, girlfriend. My motto: If you're handing out compliments, I'm accepting them!! :)

The older I get, I'm learning to beg for them.


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Genna East 4 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Paula...you are such a gem! Thank you. :-)

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