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Sudden damage

Updated on April 22, 2017

I have seen velvet skies

blue moons on lonely nights

I have heard of

black sails on red seas

dream butterflies in forgotten rainbows

but fear to remember a sudden damage

that left a soul in death....

She came from mountains of eagles

searching for the love of child

tired careless feet searching

the long and winding black road.

a flash in midday sun

sudden damage to her body

the torturing of death has begun.

Her head on my knee trembling

my tears soaking her old age skin

no angels song in the wake of death

her soul searching the heavens

as it flutters into the lillies

towards the mountains of no return

trembling I felt the coming of the cry...


Years ago I had to go to a meeting in Ficksburg a little town on the border of Lesotho the great mountain Kingdom. An old lady wandered over the border and after a day of walking along the road she walked in front of my car. I waited three hours for help. It was said she was looking for her child when madness came to her.

She died softly on my knee.


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      Barendus 12 months ago from Velddrif, Western Cape

      Thank so much DzyMsLizzy!

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      Liz Elias 12 months ago from Oakley, CA

      !!WOW!! Very powerful imagery; the scene is clear. What a trauma to endure. Bravo for putting into such a strong poem.