Voices So Near

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Voices So Near

By Tony DeLorger © 2013


The voices echo in my mind,

the desperate pleas of discontent,

far from life, yet strong, enduring,

and I bend with the weight of their burden,

unable to respond,

unwilling to be open to their pain,

and convinced madness has taken hold.


In the darkness of sleep, I hear them,

begging to be recognised,

and I wince, trying to rediscover oblivion,

in the silence of numb, ignorant bliss,

yet they sit at my periphery,

like dim lights at the end of a vast sea,

and I, keep looking at them,

drawn over and over,

to their helplessness,

their never-ending suffering.


How I wish they could find peace,

find rest in their demise,

and the stillness of heart in contentment,

rather than the pain of unresolved life,

the yearning of physical action,

and deeds undone.


And in my restless heart,

I pray for a peaceful end,

knowing that when life ends,

I have done what I can,

loved and been loved,

and made it known to the world,

so I can rest in the knowledge,

that at least I tried.



Always tell those you love how you feel, because too often we can be taken from this life to regret having not told them how much they're loved.

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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks Leni; much appreciated. Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment.


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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

My pleasure Jamie; yes there are no taboo topics for a writer and we all need to address these kinds of issues creatively. Thanks for dropping by.


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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

Thank you for this poem, sometimes we need to take a little step away from life to talk about death. Jamie


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leni sands 3 years ago from UK

As 'Dad' reaches the end of his life we try to ensure that he knows how much we love and care for him. Hopefully there will be no regrets for we know that we did all we could by looking after him to the end. Taking care of 'Dad' has opened our eyes to just how short life is and how we must always take care of and love each other. The words of your poem are a lesson to us all and I will bookmark this page, vote it up as useful and beautiful and share it with my followers...thanks for sharing...


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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

It can be a great regret, Martin. Thanks for your comment. Take care.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

I use to do the masonic funeral. The saddest thing people said to me was, "I wish I had said something."

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