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Dark Existence
by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie

Saturday, February 07, 2004

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Dark Existence

In darkness we were birthed,
And lived our sorry lives,
Children who walked so silently,
Daring not to make a sound,
Lest they wake the beast,
That slept underground…

She birthed us and took us home,
Kept in the dark room,
Bottled fed and thrown aside,
It was our ruin…

We never learned to love,
Never knew the word,
Do not mourn for us,
Though we lived in such gloom…

She didn’t know what she did,
Only sought to make us strong,
Stand on your own two feet she hissed,
Get out!
I need the room…

So we left,
But we were too young to survive,
The trials and tribulations of life,
And too many died,
Leaving behind those who wept,
And cried in the darkness,

The sweet darkness,
That hid our tears,
So our fears were not revealed,
And she would not think us weak…

Look how strong I am mother!
Though I bear many scars,
I do not cry nor weep-
Look at me mother!
Do you like what I’ve become?
Am I not the sum,
Of the dreams you had for me?

Strange to see you now,
To listen to what you say,
You raised warriors mother,
Don’t you think we were brave?

I stand over my sister’s grave,
And lay flowers at her feet,
And wonder how you could call her weak,
My God, how strong you had to be,
To draw your sword across your ribs,
And bleed out the pain without crying out…

Do you hear me shouting?
Are you happy now?
Have you found your peace?
God how I loved you!

Sister, Sister,
What did you do?
Wait for me!
I’m coming too…

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Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 2/9/2004
Heart shaking and breaking, powerful write from the soul.
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray 2/8/2004
a very poignant poem and account of a "Dark Existance"
It broke my heart at it's isolation and pain
Reviewed by Lynn Barry 2/8/2004
This dark tale is exceptionally well written and makes me want to reach inside the center of the poem with my hand and pull the darkness up into the light...
Reviewed by Simon Thurlow (Reader) 2/8/2004
This was a very heart rendering and intrinsic write. Well done
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 2/8/2004
Wow... this sent chills racing up and down my spine. This is so powerful and intense. A truly masterful work.
Reviewed by Trish - The Trickster 2/8/2004
A beautiful intense write. Excellent!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/7/2004
Such beautifully vivid poetry you capture the intensity of familial emotions with such keen perception. Splendid Reindeer!
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 2/7/2004
Superb intense poetry......
Reviewed by Michael Morash (Reader) 2/7/2004
Perfection. Bravo!

Reviewed by evan horetsky 2/7/2004
I enjoyed this story and the picture is just awesome
Reviewed by Handsum Hart 2/7/2004
Touching poetry, thanks for sharing this fine write.

Peace and sunshine
Reviewed by Duke LaRance 2/7/2004
Whoa! My words are inadequate to describe yours...this is powerful in the extreme...
Reviewed by Sanil nath (Reader) 2/7/2004
Ho my dear Retta,

Excellent lines from a beautiful heart. Loved each and every line in this write. Talking with a heart where the dear one lives is something so cute and highly respectable.

Thanks for sharing ok ..

Njan nine snehikunuuu ....

Huggs (Sanilnath G)
Reviewed by Andi Chrisman (Reader) 2/7/2004
You write wonderfully. My eyes are tearing up...great poem!
Reviewed by William Bonilla 2/7/2004
I find this to be an awesome write
absolutely excellent
love your art work
darkness should be so beautiful

Reviewed by Trixie Love 2/7/2004
Hi Retta,
Another masterpiece you
have written here....


Trixie :)
Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader) 2/7/2004
Very well writte, Retta!
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 2/7/2004
This is outstanding poetry, Retta.

Reviewed by Larry Rochelle 2/7/2004
A hissed goodbye, a haunting memory!
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 2/7/2004
Powerful deep write that shows the agony a family can go through. Great write!
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 2/7/2004
Powerful and well expressed in questions
and emotions.

This is a powerful one.

Reviewed by Christine Morell 2/7/2004
Powerful emotions expressed so brilliantly Reindeer.
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 2/7/2004
Oh Reindeer..this is so sad....touched my heart...I wonder if she
just passed......heartwrenching.....out of the darkness comes
strength....loved this one..a keeper....floria
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/7/2004
Outstanding poetry Retta!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/7/2004
Your warrior soul speaks loudly here, Reindeer. Powerfully penned.
Reviewed by William J. Cryer (Reader) 2/7/2004
Powerful...increidlbe interplay of emotions. Great job!
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