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Dying In High Definition
by Regis Auffray
Friday, March 23, 2007
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Dying In High Definition


I saw a man
He was crying
Of impending unknown
But it was in high definition
On screen
So it was not real
I saw a man
Pleading for help
To free him from incessant pain
I saw his brother end his life
Injecting death in his veins
I thought I understood
Death from HIV
But it was in high definition
On screen
And not real



 © Copyright 2007 Regis Auffray


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Reviewed by lois christensen 8/21/2014
So many reviews and views on this, they each stated their own opinion, so I'm just oing to say "I Read It".
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 7/24/2008
there is so much to you, so many wonderful sides-you bloom and bloom again xx Michelle
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 11/15/2007
Well done. You've captured people's indifference to realistic situations simply because they're featured on film. Modern-day horror movies especially take advantage of this new-found indifference. ~Sheila
Reviewed by Pamela garner 4/16/2007
So many times we see thing on tv and think it's real but it is and we must except that this is a part of our world. And we need to understand that.Thanks for being the voice we all sometimes need to hear. a wonderous piece of work.
Love, Pamela
Reviewed by J. Murphy 4/4/2007
This is a poignant take on the digital age we live in. So true, so true . . . the distance of viewing via tube rather than in flesh and blood. J.
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 4/3/2007
So deep. So powerful. This is a masterpiece, Regis. Thanks for this offering
Reviewed by Art Sun 3/31/2007
Reg, sometimes it takes the view into reality to awaken the sleeping spirit and mind, it is so with your work. You write reality and show us the views into what we at times take for granted. A poetic display of emotion and reality that tends to shake and awake the very senses that become dormant with the consistent bombardment of life viewed through the screen.....

an exceptional piece.......very nice work......Art Sun...
Reviewed by Jane Wallace 3/30/2007
I believe the population of the world is becoming much to numb to the bad things happening in it and mainly because of the constant barrage of horrible things that are put in front of us in graphic detail all day and night over the TV. I can understand your motivation for this poem. Even more, I can understand how one can become numb to all the pain and death and craziness. Thank you for this poem.

Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 3/30/2007
SO good. I agree wholeheartedly with what Tom Hyland and the others have said. Some years ago, R. and I stopped watching TV. Left our set off three+ years. The shock of walking in a room and seeing someone pointing a gun in my direction almost knocked me down. As for seeing people blown up or shot or lying dead. . .so easy to let yourself numb. Become a nerveless robot! Thank you for this much-needed reminder that what we are seeing are real people really hurting. . .and worse. Bless you, my friend, for being the compassionate and highly sensitive soul that you are. Not to mention talented. Love you! 'Pea' <3
Reviewed by George Thompson 3/30/2007
Powerful tour de force for this reader. Some times "some" things are all too real.
Reviewed by K. Mulroney 3/29/2007
Very intense Regis. A slap in the face of the real world. Nice stuff!
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 3/29/2007
Outstanding and so powerful. This just stops you in your tracks, I understand all to well. How hard this hit me this morning..

Reviewed by Barbara Terry 3/28/2007
I agree with Joyce, Reg, so there is nothing more I can say, except I pray that one day, the only deaths will be of natural causes. Thanks for sharing Reg.

May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister, Barbie

"If I have to be this girl in me, Then I have the right to be."
Reviewed by Joyce Hale 3/28/2007
Reg, a treatise on the fact that, IMO, the graphic violence rampant on all kinds of screens nowadays mutes the reality and empathy of mankind. Of course that is still only one small part of what is wrong with society, but there it is.....

Powerful, excellent write, Reg.

Peace. Joyce
Reviewed by Evelyn Simon 3/26/2007
Wow, I'm speechless, but this was awesome.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 3/26/2007
Strongly written. Excellent. Liz
Reviewed by NIDA FATIMA 3/26/2007
Regis you've so finely carved the truth ,the reality of life, which is undoubtedly make us aware of the horrors of the pathetic disease,but i think this piece of poetry has its scope beyond that.
i think the disease Aids is a symbol of suffering ,of agony, of pain and it reflects the fact that happy moments are only interludes the main darma is full of humiliation and pain that is sorrows usually in high density in our lives than joy.
Reviewed by Samuel Stone 3/26/2007
A powerful write my friend, excellently executed...Wishing you well...
Reviewed by Bonnie Clarke (Reader) 3/26/2007
Very sad display of real life, and written very well I might add. Thank you for sharing your powerful voice.

Reviewed by Steve Ralph 3/25/2007
brilliant, and meaningfull Reg, it is very hard these days to know what is and what isn't real, and all too often what we see on telivision is all too real,
thanks for sharing.
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 3/25/2007
Could not agree with Suzie more, Regis.
The penetrating simplicity of this poignant write
demonstrates your mastery of the poetic form.
Well done,
Reviewed by Suzie Palmer 3/25/2007
Powerful poem on life's agony at its worst.
Thanks for raising our awareness further Regis.
Reality is before our eyes; but blindness prevails, sadly.
Love, Suzie..

Reviewed by Phyllis Du'Gas 3/25/2007
I only have one thing to say about this, "Bravo!"

Reviewed by William Bonilla 3/25/2007
excellent piece Regis
And the band played on....
A Life and death situation

Reviewed by Zahala San Simone 3/25/2007
The play 'Rent' really brought HIV home for me, and it was an education I needed. Thanks for reminding us again of the suffering...and the triumph, in this wonderful piece.

Reviewed by Monette Bebow-Reinhard (Reader) 3/25/2007
Does life reflect art or vice versa? Good ponderings here, Regis, thanks for sharing.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 3/25/2007
Since when are movies not real...they portray our good and bad sides as well as death & pain...this poem is as well real, portraying an ability of the poet that is far above average...Ed
Reviewed by Crissy Foster 3/25/2007
This is a powerful write. Wonderfully written and very inspiring. This makes people take a good hard look around to those who need our help and how much we underestimate the seriousness that goes on in this world.
Excellent~ Beautiful~ Powerful
Reviewed by Morning Star 3/25/2007
Powerful words in this write
It brought sadness to my heart and tears
to my eyes and HIV is a deadly
And scary disease this write is filled with
Insight and painfully truth
Outstanding write it left me feeling very
Sad for the people that have this killing disease!!
Love And Peace To You Always..Morning Star
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 3/25/2007
Oh my,I see this every day...please stay well and safe ..Hugsss
Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 3/24/2007

You leave your readers with an astounding impact!
O LORD, give us eyes to see and ears to hear...

Extremely well-presented.
Love&Hugs, Rhonda
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 3/24/2007
Oh my.... This piece of yours gave me chills! I do not know what else I can say as I remember a friend...and remember her words.

Reviewed by Karen Cino 3/24/2007
What a powerful write. HIV is a deadly disease that need to be taught to boys and girls as well as men and women. People need to be educated about the effects of HIV through drug abuse and unprotected sex. It is a real disease and the suffering is worse than that of the silver screen. You have apenned a beauty here Reg. Hopefully through your words you have just saved a life.

Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 3/24/2007
What a powerful write my friend...insightful and painfully honest...television programs have a way of bringing the grim truth of reality to our lives, and also a way of opening our eyes. I have witnessed those whom have died from HIV and also knew a man who thought there was nothing left to live for after being diagnosed and chose to end his own life! So sad...Great write for the cause my friend...such a sad disease!
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 3/24/2007
Perhaps the events you witnessed were "Hollywood" but the reality of it is certainly true for someone, somewhere, and more than likely for several someones, somewhere. We are moved by what we see, and our soul cannot separate the reality from the HD; we still feel it as though we had witnessed it first-hand. Powerfully touching poem, Regis.
Take care,
Reviewed by Maryvonne Chartrand 3/24/2007
Excellent write Reg! Yes, maybe it was in high density but then again your words help one realize that perhaps elsewhere in this world this may be happening; rendering it very real indeed. Thank you!
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 3/24/2007
Extremely sobering and affective poem, Regis! Bravo!
Reviewed by Regino Gonzales, Jr. 3/24/2007
A poetic artistry clearly depicting a disturbing phenomenon of our times, HIV/AIDS. Felt the pain when reading the piece, the pain of the afflicted and of those who want to help but cannot do antything about it.

Great write Reg, a wake-up call to always remind us all of the need for a collective effort to eliminate the menace of HIV/AIDS. Thank you for sharing it. Love, Peace and Tranquility, my friend.


Reviewed by Eddie Thompson 3/24/2007

Powerfully done! We are be de-programmed as human beings in this age.
Reviewed by Kathryn Collins 3/24/2007
Dear Reg:

You paint the picture of horror vividly in words less graphically than HD, but certainly with the same or more intensity of true emotion and reality.


Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 3/24/2007
Painful to contemplate, and we do become numb to it...
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 3/24/2007
After seeing the film "Philadelphia" many of my cement hard preconceptions went out of the window.
Painful dead touches all of us, even those make believe from a silver screen, compassion in other hand should be there, always, as a legitimate emotion which show that we care.
Well done!!!
Reviewed by Miss Pandora 3/24/2007
Bravo Regis, ces reflexions et ces mots sont puissant et tres astucieux mon ami. Amour et paix, toujours, Panda :)x
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 3/23/2007
This stirs the Soul REg.
Alot of honesty here, whether T.V. or not, It's there!
SAD 2 Say
Your pen is REAL!
YOu said it so clear!

WArmly, WArrior Lady Sheeeoox
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 3/23/2007
One thousand and one... 1002... one thousand and three... 1004... this is how you count as you are doing compressions on someone's chest. THIS IS REAL! THIS IS HIGH DENSITY! THIS IS HIGH INTENSITY!

As soon as you moved the heavy bed out of the way and rolled him over on his back, and saw his pale waxen skin you knew he was in no pain! You instinctly knew he was DEAD already! There was no pulse, but you tore a piece off of a plastic trash bag, punched a hole in it and used it to cover his mouth and quickly starting blowing air in. WHY?

Because his wife is moaning and chanting incessantly, as she tries to repeat the instructions being given to her on the phone by someone at 9-1-1. Compressions - Breath - check for pulse... over and over and over... It seems like an eternity, but the EMT is running into the bedroom in less than 15 minutes. SIX people rush in and take over, very quickly and professionally. One administers oxygen...another starts an injection...another takes over your compressions... another is hooking up a monitor...

Your heart is pounding like mad...the adrenalin is really's a strange high. Then somehow you find yourself out in the living room, consoling the woman...then the adult crying son try to calm them both... THIS IS REAL!

This is NOT T.V. - nor a film - nor Hollywood - you were lounging in your pajamas on a Saturday morning, when she came frantically pounding on your door. There was no time to think, or choose, you just ACTED spontaneously. In two weeks it will be exactly a year since Tony died. Just weeks ago, she also lost her Mother. Thank God I wasn't involved in that ordeal!

Whether a death is on live TV, or a documentary, or a Hollywood dramatization -- it should be regarded as REAL! Children need to be taught that DEATH, the ending of a LIFE, is serious business. It is not a cartoon, nor a game, nor a choice -- it is FINITE and FINAL!

REG --- thanks for reminding us that CARING is what is so important! Tom.

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 3/23/2007
Smooth writing Regis, is it "life mimics art, or art mimics life"??
Be safe,
Reviewed by Constance Gotsch 3/23/2007
A news cast? A movie? A news cast scary because it's real. A movie, scary because we become numb to it.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 3/23/2007
Spooky and real.
Reviewed by Barbara Sue 3/23/2007
Hi Reg..what a powerful sad and how true it is that most people live their live in high density..trying to be picture perfect and living a life of, if you don't notice how can you know or act upon it, type of sad for them..they should wake up and smell the truth of what is really happening in their world..thank you Reg
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 3/23/2007
strongly penned-great job
Reviewed by jude forese 3/23/2007
two of my friends died from HIV so the high density suffering i saw was real up close ... well done, Reg ...
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 3/23/2007
Such a powerful message you have written ! Wow. Life a drama on the screen, dying on the screen and in real life.. It goes on and on.....M
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/23/2007
Regis , how very true it is that we tend to think it isn't real but rather a fictional film of some sort when it comes across a screen.
This is heart wrenching! Hope it isn't someone you know! Thanks for sharting.

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/23/2007
Heartbreaking write, Regis; very well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, ton ami, Karen Lynn in Texas. :(
Reviewed by Ann Marquette 3/23/2007
sadly that is the problem with so many these days...watching all the violence on TV..."its not real, right?"
specially young people who think they can do the "act" of hurting, killing someone and yet deep down they think it won't be real, that at the end of it all the person will just get up and be ok...
and the rest of us become incensitive to it all because we see so much of it...

Reviewed by Aberjhani 3/23/2007
Both real-world death and film-world death have become so profuse in our time that we do indeed, I think, run the risk of becoming numb to the actuality of it as well as of losing the ability to distinguish between the two. Surely such a disconnect would explain at least part of the reason so many of our chilren outside of official war zones end up with guns in their hands taking the lives of classmates and family members.

Well,there you go Mr. Auffrey making me think out loud again. Peace,

Reviewed by Dennis Leischner 3/23/2007

Not real!! Much of life is condensed into that high density, more the loss of mankind. Wonderful write.


Reviewed by Randall Barfield 3/23/2007
right! this comment is in high density too so it isn't real. just ignore it. (great write)
Reviewed by Jean Pike 3/23/2007
This one is especially painfully honest. I enjoy your work.

Reviewed by J. Pajot 3/23/2007
Well put, my friend. The media has desensitized our society...pushing all the worst into our faces on a daily "entertainment", no less...disquised often as "news". This is a wonderful description of how empty our media is making us.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/23/2007

This one digs in and makes the reader uncomfortable. It hurts to reach each line...and that ending...shattering! It was real; it was very real. Well done, mon ami, well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 3/23/2007
poignant read
Reviewed by Tactfully Naive 3/23/2007
I spent over five years working at close proximity with men and women with acute addictions. Part of the tragedy was that most pleaded for help yet were unable - even unwilling - to help themselves. The suffering was real all right, but perpetually self - inflicted. Bottom line that I quickly learned: unless a guy initiated turning away from self - destruction, there was not much anybody else could do short of sectioning that person. With the present non - judgemental ethos governing much of the social services, there is little chance of that evasive life saving action being considered.

That is part of the distorted reality out there.

Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins 3/23/2007
Compassionate, informative and sensitive creative write for the cause.
Reviewed by Erin Woods 3/23/2007
This si so powerful eye opening write so well done...

Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/23/2007
STrong emotive write that makes a statement, too often we have a tendency to turn a blind eye to the horror and tragedy of the world around it as we watch it through the eyes of the same TV that we watch our inane comedy programs on.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/23/2007
Very sad, my friend - and death seems to be hovering all around us these days, in both High and Low Density, and it can really get one down.
Reviewed by Laura Mayer 3/23/2007
Life often mirrors what we see on T.V. and vice versa. Insightful write Regis.
Hugs, Laura
Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang 3/23/2007
Whoa! One Excellent piece of work
I must say! Reminds us of today's society!
Reviewed by CJ Heck 3/23/2007
Very powerful stuff, Reg. This is the horrifying thing about TV and video games for children. They become so immune to the terrors they see, blood and guts, killing, maiming. Is it any wonder some turn to 'the dark side' and do horrific things? Again, very real, very powerful stuff here. Well-written work Reg.
Reviewed by Richard Hiebner 3/23/2007
Define reality again?
Well penned concepts.
I like very much.
Reviewed by Helen Downey 3/23/2007
Powerful words Reg. But sometime what we see in high density is real. Thank heaven it is not live. Thanks for sharing.
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 3/23/2007
Is it Life which depicts Art or Art which depicts Life? Our reality is how we choose to create it.

Love & Light always and in all ways,
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/23/2007
Magnificent offering Regis!!

Most powerful!!

Love TinkaSweets
Reviewed by Bill Grimes Jr. 3/23/2007
Powerful pen my friend.......

Reviewed by Lynn Barry 3/23/2007
Powerful! HUGS
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 3/23/2007
We are both shielded from and introduced to the horrors of some people's deathly plight through the small and large screen, Regis. I watch so little TV that I am ALWAYS affected by everything I see visually, whether fact or "fiction". Even if fiction, sure enough the reality exists somewhere and in some way for some. Thank you for both removing the veil with this write... and for highlighting just how much we seek to keep it in place in order to preserve our own distance and comfort. All too painful. Bless you. Kate xx
Reviewed by Stan Grimes 3/23/2007
Ah, if only it was a dream. Great write, Reg!
Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 3/23/2007
You make us take a good look at ourselves, if we dare~
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 3/23/2007
This one packs a big punch Regis!
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 3/23/2007
Regis: What a magnificent write!! It is great how you bring this poem to reality eventhough it was all a figament of television. Great images, good flow and kept this reader interested.
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 3/23/2007
from my perspective, right....however, everyone has there own sense of being in the world and they choose how to perceive it.
Reviewed by Nicky Goodman 3/23/2007
Oh ~ this is clever and so very touching - well, well done - Cheers to you, teary Nicky x
Reviewed by D Johnson 3/23/2007
No, it is not right, and it is real...thanks for keeping the voice alive. Excellent pen.

Reviewed by Miranda Mayer 3/23/2007
Très bien écrit et exprimé. :)
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 3/23/2007
If only it wasn't real.

Thoughtful work, Regis.

Reviewed by Leland Waldrip 3/23/2007
Excellent write, Reg. What's on the tube is as real as the experience we derive from it. On the other hand, the odd thing about it to me is the more technology gains the capability to portray realism, the farther most content seems to get from reality. Super heroes, anyone?
Best regards,
Reviewed by Amy Sellers 3/23/2007
Reg... this is so intense... and so thought provoking. You are a true artist with words. KEEP WRITING!!!! Thanks for sharing, Amy S
Reviewed by Michelle Mills 3/23/2007
NOT right. Unfortunately in our televised culture, we have become desensitized to the world's suffering. It's only on television, right? An excellent, thought provoking piece Reg. Much love, Michelle
Reviewed by J M 3/23/2007
OH it was real................I feel and believe that death and depression all are of one place and the fear of death will preoccupy the one nearing death or determining self death the unknown of a lost soul is devasting they have no concrete place to arrive at and a fear in the judgement of where they arrive. Verses a saved soul well centered in the Gospel Salvation of Christ assured a safe keeping into the heavenly home of heaven they have no fear. you tapped into me a reminder here Regis Very powerful work..
Blessings & Peace,
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 3/23/2007
Not always right..
Fine upstanding write Regis...

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