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POETRY- IN AN INSTANT

Updated on November 13, 2011
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The sudden calm in the air


Is quiet at this time


But the silence is broken


As she crosses the line


She drops her phone


Trying to regain control


Her efforts go unnoticed


Over the cliff she now goes


Smashing glass and plastic


Litters the mountain side


No tracks are found above


To find her clinging to life


It is dark, it is late


Her car parked against a tree


She is sliced, cut, and broken


Watching herself bleed


As she begins to fade in and out


From the injuries and bitter cold


She reflects on her life


Remembering all that she knows



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She quietly says a prayer


She makes it come from the heart


Her life has been in turmoil


Right from the very start


Her mom left her at birth


She really never fit in


Picked on her whole life


As she recalls where she's been


Pregnant at fourteen


Not sure who daddy is


So use to losing


So afraid to win


She is mad and angry at the world


Walking in her mom's steps


A life she said she wouldn't


How we sometimes learn to forget


Her cold breath stalls for a moment


As she begins to beat her chest


I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry


She repeats inside her head


My little boy she cries


As she endures a final breath


Please watch over him at times


With warmth and tenderness


As the headlights begin to dim


Snowflakes begin to fall


She lies there hunkered over


With no movement at all



ABOUT THE POEM...

I wrote this poem just recently and it expresses how we can be here one minute and be gone in an instant. We should live everyday as if it was our last. I use to question this saying myself. I figured there is no way to do so because you still have to live your general life, such as bills, work. If it was my last day, I wouldn't be at work and worrying about bills. But truth be told, that saying means so much more. It is about appreciation of everything you have in your life, your friends, your partner, and your children. We never know when we will meet the day where we may never see a certain person again. Don't miss out on the chance to tell someone their beautiful or tell someone thanks. On every occasion, say everything you need too. God Bless.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Good message. And you're right in your explanation that we do have to balance enjoying life in the moment but also being realistic to pay bills. Nice work!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow! This poem packs a powerful wallop. So much covered in so few words and in such a lyrical way. And the photos also set the mood.

      I am a big believer in living each day as if it were our last. Yes, it can sound trite until we experience the sudden loss of someone dear to us, then we truly get its profound meaning. As you expressed it so perfectly in this last paragraph: "We never know when we will meet the day where we may never see a certain person again. Don't miss out on the chance to tell someone their beautiful or tell someone thanks. On every occasion, say everything you need too. God Bless."

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Victoria, thanks for your time and comment. I tried to be clear on the message, although the poem's intent was obvious. That unique balance is a must. Best wishes and thanks.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      HBN, you are such the diagnostician! Probably not spelled right, but the right word.lol You hit it out the ball park and I am tickled that you hit it out the park. This message is very important and it is a way of life that we must try our best to live. How many of us are left here today wishing we would of said what we wanted too say? I know I have. I appreciate your time and votes HBN. Great expertise.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      A marvelous message, in your poem. How clever you are. I also loved the images you added. Just great! Voted up.

      vocalcoach~

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Great writing...and am glad that it is just a reminder and not a real event in your life...for too many people this is/was real life...hope people read and listen to your message!

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      Manoj Kumar Srivastava 5 years ago from India

      thelyricwriter, You have made a very good effort and I like it very much. Take a break. Appreciate the good things of life and be realistic. The definition of success is, 'If you go to sleep and wake up comfortably, and in between do what you like most, then you are a success'. Sometimes down the road we forget to enjoy life. For example there is difference between reckless driving and joyful driving. Don't be reckless but enjoy your drive. Thanks for this hub.

      With warm wishes,

      MAKUSR

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Vocalcoach, thanks for coming by and for your consideration. It is always a plesure to have your visit. Thanks for your time, comment, and vote. Best wishes:)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Justateacher, thanks for coming by and for your comment. I believe it is a message that is taken for granted on many different levels. The next minute can't be taken for granted. We just never know. Death is not a subject that people want to talk about, but it is part of life.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Makusr, you are such the talent. Your wisdom and ability to relate your message to the author's work blows me out the water. Your expertise is always welcome my friend. Hope all is well in India. Your visits are always a joy.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      I'll say it in one word - awesome!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      good work. powerful reminder. have you read my poem "Two Seconds"? Same idea, only less personal! Voted ^

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A powerful poem and such an important message.

      We can't predict where we what will happen next week, tomorrow, or even in the next few minutes.

      Thank you for the reminder

      Voted up all the way except funny

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I came back to say that my sister's partner died 3 weeks ago, he had a stroke and his car ran off the road. So we never know do we.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      When a loved one goes off to school, work, the market or whatever, it may be the last time we see them or they us. Tim McGraw had a hit song called Live Like You Were Dying. That is how we all should live. Your poem is sad but inspirational.

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      Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      As life is taken,

      At moment's end,

      From just surviving she awakens...

      A very real and important message Ricky.;)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I feel terribly sad!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your poetry is beautiful but sad. I love poetry when it's told in a story fashion, going back in time, ie, Mother's life. Your commentary is true. To lose someone without saying goodby must hurt terribly..Thank you...

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ricky, Powerful stuff, an awesome message beautifully written, voting up, thank you.

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      Hear Me 5 years ago from Somewhere in Florida

      This is such a sobering and powerful piece. Good job.

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      skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      bro, I say beautiful and I truly mean beautiful. One of the most awesome poems I have ever read. The power that flows to touch the lives of others for His Glory is amazing love that only the power of the Spirit can spell on your heart. I pray that each that read get what they need from the Lord God Almighty. You are so right lyricwriter we do not know when we are called home.

      Many are lost I pray they find the truth in Christ Jesus. Praise GOD. You keep on and keep on your dreams will come true. Love in Jesus Christ

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Gypsy, thank you so much for taking the time to read it. I am glad you thought it was AWESOME:) Best wishes.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks for coming by PDX. I don't think I have read that one, but I will check it out. I thank you for your time, comment, and vote. Take care.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Rosemay, first, so sorry about your sister's partner. My blessing to him, your sister, and their families. Such a tragic way to go. My deepest sympathy. I thank you for coming by and sharing this. Our lives can change in an instant, here and gone within seconds. We never know what the future holds in any situation, nothing is given. ALWAYS say everything you need to say before you lay down at night. Rosemay, my heart goes out to your families. God Bless.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Hyphenbird, thanks for coming by and that song tells it all. We never know when things will happen in most cases. Sudden loss can be tragic and it can leave you wishing you said a lot of things. Now is the perfect time to get it all out:) Best to you Hyphen.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Mentalist, you always have the perfect words to say my friend:) As always, I appreciate your time and comment and expertise on the matter. Best wishes.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Vinaya, thanks for coming by my friend and for the comment. It is a very sad poem, but the message speaks louder volume. Be good and catch you later:)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      AE, thanks for coming by and sharing your feelings in this manner. I learned very young what it feels like to lose someone dear and not say what I needed to say. Never again. I contact family and friends, talk to my wife and children, just to let them know I love them and what they mean to me. I don't want that heavy burden again.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      MM, thank you so much for coming by and checking it out. The message does hold ties to my past. It is great to hear from you and be good:) See you soon.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Hear me, thanks for coming by and checking it out. Your time and comments are always appreciated:)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Skye, your such an amazing person and a loyal servant to the Lord. I commend you on the work that you do and it is an honor to have a visit from you.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Sweet, but oh, so sad. I try never to go to bed at night unless I have asked forgiveness of anyone I thought I may have unknowingly hurt. You may never see that person again. Very moving. Thanks.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Mary, thanks again for your visit, comment, and time. We never know in most cases. Say today what you mean tomorrow.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is a powerful poem filled with real meaning. A good reminder that what we know and take for granted today can be snatched away from us (and those around us) in an instant. Great message! Voted up and useful.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      lyricwriter, thank u and I look forward to your read and your comment!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Very moving, thelyricwriter. The cold, pain, and distress is palpable. Voted up.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      @Peggy, thank you for the comment and your time and vote. It is greatly appreciated. You said it perfectly.

      @PDX, Anytime friend. Thanks for the visit.

      @Will, thanks for coming by pal. I appreciate you reading it there Will. Take care.

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear thelyricwriter,

      Having been about one minute from certain death in 1999, I am chilled by this poem. I will always remember its message, as it just hits too close to home.

      I am forever amazed at the cruelty and callous way loved ones can behave without even realizing it may indeed be the last encounter. It is almost as if people feel they have an unlimited pass to behave in any manner they choose, without regard to others' feelings. I think this poem is a wonderful awareness raiser to treat each other with kindness, take the time to listen and I thank you for your sensitive expression. UP & UABI, mar.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi lyricwriter

      You have written a beautiful poem that delivers a very important and heartfelt message.

      We should appreciate every day we have with friends and loved ones because today may be our last.

      Voted up up and away!

      Hope you are enjoying your day.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Mar, thank you so much for your kind words and your relative expertise on this matter. I am glad to see you never gave up in your time of need. You are right. It is that "pass" per say, the way people act out in tragedy and death. This happened when my grandma passed. Everyone was straight after values. It is sad to see and even worse being part of it all as a witness. Thanks for sharing your story Mar and I wish you nothing less then the best.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Sueswan, my dear:) I am off work so I am enjoying the rain! You are right, we all should be appreciative to have good family and friends. We just never know what tomorrow will bring. Hope all is well with you and have a good one:)

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      sminut13 5 years ago from singapore

      this gives me such a sad and poignant feeling, so realistic. you definitely got your point across. we never know when anything might happen to us.

      the girl must have been so afraid too. it's just so sad. thanks for sharing such a wonderful poem with us. you're amazing how you can manage to create such wonderful poems. have a good day.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Sminut13, I appreciate your time and your comment my friend. I wanted to show a different perspective of losing everything. It all relates back to the title. All it takes is an instant and it is gone. It goes with the old saying, "Never leave a stone unturned". Always say what you need to.

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      femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

      Goodness Lyric,

      This was incredible! How very sad and sobering, especially in that it's often true that for many people, every day, life ends in a smiliar fashion; believing no one cared and they were born to loose.

      What's even more disheartening is ... it's just not true about no one caring.

      Your lines, "so used to loosing, so afraid to win" we might be amazed to know how many people around us think exactly that.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Femme, thanks for coming by and for your comment. I believe there is many people that feel this way, like you said, so use to losing. I believe at this age and time, we tend to want to depend on others instead of depending on ourself. When we do this, it is easy to feel misplaced or unwanted when we are alone if that makes sense at all. Giving up should never be an option. Life is as beautiful as you want it to be.

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      Senoritaa 5 years ago

      Heart wrenching poem! Your message here is strong, even though told with a sad story. You paint a vivid picture of the accident, and the photos you picked seem to relate well. All votes.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Senoritaa, thanks for coming by and taking the time to read this poem. I had never wrote a poem with such a strong message before. Have a great day.

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      What a glorious contradiction I found here. The poem was heart wrenching and yet the follow up so uplifting but both somehow meld into truth. Thank you and God bless!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Poetvix, thanks for taking the time to drop by. Coming from a poet as yourself, it is very encouraging. Take care and see you around.

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      Mystique1957 5 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      thelyricwriter...

      Deep, heartfelt, sad and drowned into

      oblivion´s depths; yet, makes you ponder, cogitate, really feel what the true value of life is.

      Excellent piece!

      Glad to be your fan as well,

      Al

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      Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      It's a sad poem, written very Excellently and it's powerful with great message! Thank you for sharing.

      Voted Up & Awesome.

      Best Wishes, Kamalesh

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Kamalesh, thanks for taking the time to read it. Glad you thought so highly of it. Much appreciated and take care.

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