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  1.  Life on Earth





CRY WITH ME...BUT FOR A WHILE
by JMS Bell
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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How can one remain silent when travesties ignite and draw the attention of the whole country...even the world? One cannot ignore...they must respond. But one must 'wait' for inspiration to flow from celestial shores. It has come...


Can we...for a moment...leave the 'big' picture behind?

Can we get 'personal'...peeling away the media's rind?

Can we 'dig' down thru the tainted 'fruit' to the 'heart' of this thing

That there be none who cannot emphathize with this 'tragic' sting?   -

For I am a mother myself and I imagine...at the day's end...

When all of the 'voices' have dwindled... there comes that quiet moment

That the real issue...devoid of vengence but full of pain... descends  -

Consider; A black teenage boy, not perfect...not bad, on a particular night

Threw on a hoodie and headed for a neighborhood store...

With absolutely no thoughts of a fight  -

However, on his return path...there sat in a car

A 'watch' man full of zeal...with his eye on obtaining a 'star'  -

'Don't follow'...the man was told, but deciding to ignore

He began a pursuit which would lead to murder's door  -

There's a white man following me, the boy spoke into his cell with fright

Run...!  Responded the voice from the phone! I'll not run, he answered...

I'll walk fast...the youngster's choice that fateful night -

In a matter of moments the scene escalated to that of hunter...& prey

The threatened boy turned, with a cunning defensive art

He took his 'stand' against this unprovoked oppress... not with a gun

But with fists...to survive a wrest he did not understand... nor start -

He fought for his life...!

The blast of the bullet filled the earth's mournful air

When it tore through his young body...

He was dead, at the scene...on the spot...no longer here -

And a mother begs; Cry with me...but for a while!

Please...! I need to know you understand the 'wound' you have inflicted...

I need to know...you're sorry...you took the life of my child! -

How can you even conclude that the good deeds you've supposedly done...

Can ever ease my torment...for my lost  son?! -

Spare me the rhetoric of the 'lament'...you and your legal team have spent

Your words sounded rehearsed...they did not soothe!

They only 'festered'...the intent! -

Cry with me...but for a while!

Oh...I beg you...please!! Put on my shoes...walk in them! How does it feel?!

I want to know you are repentent for taking the life of my child! -

I am not a person who cannot forgive...

But you claim to be right...when you know you're wrong

I admit...in this world we all come short..'if'...we live

But you 'grab at straws'  to declare your 'warp' reasoning strong! -

You have the audacity to mention my boy's size...

You...a grown man, I ask you...where was your brain?!!

How can you not see...the aggressive approach you took...

Given the circumstances...'provoked' an aggressive refrain?! -

Please...put the blunt force of your righteous indignation away...

I know you don't want to go to jail...but at least...you get to live 

I am not a mean person, but you see...there's these 'things' that 'ache' ...

There are 'keepsake' memories of him...my life will never sieve-

There will be no prom pictures or a college graduation attend

No tender smiles from a 'womb's' relation...that mend

No joy at my son's marriage...or the delight of pushing a grand's carriage

These things from him I will never savor...or know

For this hope...a golden seed...is now a mausoleum's glow -

Trayvon should not have died because of his choice of clothes...or

The color or his skin...

Factors you mentioned...for they rode within -

If you pray, God will forgive...I know. But I hope there will never be a day

When your actions...you  completely forget

Not as a torment...but as your 'testimonial' object -

To warn others of these 'racist demons'...

That hide so well inside...

And when we least expect...they rise -

My Child is Gone...!

Trayvon...my child...my son..he's gone his last mile!

And you...who sent him...cannot restore him to me!

Come...! Please...come!

Cry with me...! Cry with me...! But...for a while!

 

Jam 4:9-10

Eccl; 3: 1&4, 4:1

copyright; jmsbell 4/25/2012  (edited5/20/12)  

JMS Bell/author, poet
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Reviewed by Ed J. 5/19/2012
The use of the term "racist Demons" is one I have sen many time and in many ways. Too many carry this anger within them without any regards for knowing anything about the person. This is a truly touching write.

Eddy
Reviewed by Barbara Henry 5/2/2012
So moving and painfully touching in its truth.
This, I believe, speaks for many, Joyce.
Continued success-
Barbara J. Henry
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/1/2012
Truly a captivating, apt, timely, and most meaningful sharing, Joyce. Love and blessings to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 4/30/2012
I hate these situations and so many similiar stories unpublished. And the facts so distorted.
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 4/29/2012
Written so truthfully with genuine grace and wisdom!
I don't understand how this could ever happen, how!??? We must respond. We must put a stop to this in society.
Blessings,
Christine
Reviewed by Paul Berube 4/26/2012
Sad but beautifully written, Joyce. God bless you, my friend.
Reviewed by Connie Faust 4/25/2012
Surely the Lord gave you the heart of Trayvon's mother for this mournful write.

Connie
Reviewed by John Domino 4/25/2012
All we can do is pray that wounds will be mended and justice will prevail. In God We Trust. Amen
Reviewed by Laura Fall 4/25/2012
Oh my how I cannot even imagine the pain that poor mother is going through, it is so wrong to have happen and truly breaks everyone’s heart. Truly a touching write Laura
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 4/25/2012
Wholeheartedly written. I long for the day when people will not be judged and people will not carry firearms for so-called, defense. That day will come when we finally realize that we're all the same and no one should judge before all the evidence is in.

Ron
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 4/25/2012
Blessings for an angel, Travon's mother.
Divine blessings guiding you through
this marvelous write Joyce.

Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 4/25/2012
I cannot imagine that little boy's mother's pain!! His death was so tragic and senseless! Amazing writing, dear lady!!!

Hugs,
Anna
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 4/25/2012
Joyce,
very moving.
Budd
Reviewed by daphne hart 4/25/2012
So beautifullly done, It did not take long for the tears to flow.
To his parents i'll,say be faithfull; Jesus heals all hurt, and he dries all tears.



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