That Fateful Night (poem)

The church bells tolled that fateful night

And no one came and no one came

To call for aid in time of plight

All hid in shame they hid in shame


The cries for help went everywhere

They acted as if they weren’t there

But at their windows they did stare

Who’s to blame who’s to blame


The flames soon made the sky ignite

Made spirits lame set spirits lame

As unknown frenzy heightened fright

Courage maim humans maim


Confusion’s clouds then filled the air

As victims met and knelt in prayer

For neighbors such a shame they share

Tears they tame shame they tame


Then in the morning of their light

Conscience reclaim their pride reclaim

They did their best to set things right

Each for his name each for His Name

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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Whew!!! MH This one is stunningly profound on many levels . . . and the video is as well - one that just has blown me away totally beyond all words I can even express or all other writings and videos, in my mind . . .

Voted Way up and beyond . . . This is a must share.

God bless you dear one for writnig this brilliant piece. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Sins of men...Men of sins...Fearless to fearing God's power...and in God's power Man is cast down to his knees, then, Fear God again.

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lovedoctor926 4 years ago

Many people choose to act as bystanders. so inhumane!

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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Wow! What a mastery of words. The phrasing in this is incredible.

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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Nice change of pace. The guilt, the shame, and then all is well. Or, is it? Great Job!

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Ghaelach 4 years ago

Morning Martin.

A wonderful poem .

The truths in your poem is I'm sad to say a part of our modern day lives.

LOL Ghaelach

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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

The truth in this this poem, what Ghaelach wrote of, I agree so much.

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arb 4 years ago from oregon

This entire piece, especially with the video, took me to "crystal night" 1938. Beautifully writen and worthy of sharing. Really nice job hatter!

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eHealer 4 years ago from Las Vegas

Perfect for a Halloween themed night! Great MH and love the video. the photo is excellent for the theme!

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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

The words reminded me of 9-11.

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I was not sure of the time sequence, was it the bombing of Japan or the concentration camps? Which ever was a time of shame. Thank you my gifted poet...

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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Story of the human race. We like to watch and to tell the story over and over but so few of us actually act, get involved. beautiful poem! Beautiful music!

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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Man - what a moving piece of work this is. Although everyone has their own interpretation, I associate this to moments such as the holocaust.

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teaches12345 4 years ago

This I felt deeply! The Gregorian song is also a beautiful add to the poem's meaning. When others need us, we cannot simply stand and watch. Powerful words here, Mhatter. Voted way up!

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