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Rise from Darkness

Updated on September 26, 2013
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Marching women

expecting mothers

In flowing white gowns

walking over cemetery graves

plots in a row like

marching raised mounds

in flowing gray mists

like fingers crawling over

headstone epitaphs

of birth and passing

more amassing

in the mother’s mound

the sound of infants kicking

to be free of the darkness

like the dead

rising from the ground

to come full circle

and rest their weary head.


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    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Cris.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Deb.

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      CrisSp 

      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      And, that is the beauty of life, haunting as it may seem-- you said it well here. Exquisitely creative coming from a beautiful mind-YOU!

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is truly an important message for us all. Native Americans believed in this simple truth, and it has survived through many years.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Rasma.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up. Remembrances of quiet walks through cemeteries and being full of thought. Nicely done.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Sorry, Valleypoet. Corresponding with too many people on several sites at once, and yes, I mixed you up with someone else!

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      Valleypoet 

      4 years ago

      Hey Wayne, you confusing me with someone else.....as far as I know I'm not called Rick!...but you can call me Rick if you like! :-))

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Rick.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Great to see you, Jamie. thanks for the kind words.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Nellieanna, I am sure that this is an experience that no mother would ever forget. I heard it said one time that according to medical studies, no person ever comes closer to death than a woman when she is giving birth.

      Thank you so much for the visit.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks for the visit, Sha.

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      Valleypoet 

      4 years ago

      Quite a haunting and atmospheric piece...you have captured the mood of this picture....nicely done Wayne:-))

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you so much, James.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hi, annart. Thank you for the compliment.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      4 years ago from Reno NV

      A great poem about the cycle of life.. I use to work in hospitals, for many years, and it always seemed that when a patient passed on in the ER or OR or ICU a newborn was brought into the world in OB/GYN. Jamie

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      4 years ago from TEXAS

      That's an answer to "Room With A View"! Absolutely no view from there, or so I hear! But being on the time clock to get one when it becomes available is good compensation! ;-)

      It is a beautiful piece, Wayne. Surprising in many ways.

      I think the scenario could describe a maternity ward's labor room rather well, as much as a graveyard, too. It's something of a brush with life and death for both individuals involved. Just not sure which head is the most weary when it's come full circle, - the newborn's or the new mother's, but I remember the one more vividly than the other in my personal experience! (Having 'been there', it's hard to not relate personally to it, - and I had very easy deliveries!)

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      And such is the circle of life.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Billy, I appreciate the kind words.

      I have read your article and shared it. Sometimes a spotlight of awareness is much more appropriate than a whimsical ditty by a poet.

      I hope you have a great weekend! ~Wayne

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      Tijani Achamlal 

      4 years ago from Morocco

      EXCELLENT WORK here.You have a beautiful style!

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Yes, the new-borns complete the circle but your poem is a more beautiful expression of it. I've noticed that when a family member dies, a baby is often on the way. Your poem brings up more thoughts than that though - great job!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well we both wrote about graveyards today...odd but it's nice to have company in the darkness. Yours is much more beautiful than mine. :)

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks for the visit, Kari.

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      Kari Shinal 

      4 years ago from AZ

      Enjoyed this vision you have depicted. Thought provoking!

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