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  The Terminal Rain
by J. Allen Wilson
Friday, October 24, 2003

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This was written during the shock and awe campaign. Seven months later the battle continues and people on both sides continue to die. Oh Lord, put a stop to The Terminal Rain.


Bereavement embraced the ancient ground, as fear tore at the heart of man. Suffer not the children to lie bleeding in the street, weeping for their dead mothers who shall never again smile, nor speak. Silence as if a thief has taken their sound, as choking rancid smoke encases the bodies that lay strewn around. Bitter visions cloud their tear-swollen eyes, as tiny rivers of misery roll down their cheeks, as another one dies.

Large metal birds in attack formation blacken out the sun, dropping silver cylinders of death on those too weary to run. As the city crumbles, and the ground rumbles, life vanishes beneath their running feet, and another child begins to weep.

Pity the children, and see their pain…feel what they fear and try to explain. Victory has it price and it is a debt that can never be paid, for more was lost than could ever be gained.  The outcome is certain, death an absolute, as the night sky spills forth its Terminal Rain.

J. Allen Wilson 2003

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Reviewed by Sandy Knauer 1/16/2004
Your writing shocks and awes me, as did the event.

I'll never be able to watch fireworks after that day. Terminal Rain is all I see now, and there's nothing pretty about it.
Reviewed by Al Swanson (Reader) 10/25/2003
very touching JA , powerful and quite overwhelig, Al
Reviewed by L M (Reader) 10/25/2003
Very powerful.
Reviewed by Taylor Trenton (Reader) 10/25/2003
Engraves powerful memory for the reader.
Reviewed by Tami Ryan 10/25/2003
Pain expressed so well - wonderfully descriptive. Well done!
Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang 10/24/2003
Moving write! So sad too!
Excellent poem! Bravo for Allen and
Brava for Jenni too!
Reviewed by Jenni Kalicharan 10/24/2003
This is really very touching...such a sad situation.
Thank you for your lovely comment on my poem.
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