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  The Stealing Of Beauty
by J. Allen Wilson
Friday, November 18, 2005
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The Stealing Of Beauty



Someone once asked me as to why I wrote so much of darkness and death.

I thought for a minute and tried to come up with a plausible reason.

I was stunned by the fact that at that time I was not even sure why.

I can’t even remember what my reply was, but it did get me to thinking.

Darkness and death, what indeed was this fixation,

 and why was there such passion to write about it?

I recalled many things of the past to my mind in order to answer this question.

 I even remembered being a purveyor of death itself.

Yes…I killed living things, and inwardly I hated doing it.

Then one day, the killing stopped, and the guns were put away.

It was then, that telling of my true spirit began to gnaw its way to the surface.

I now watched, listened and learned.

I became engrossed in the birth of a beautiful flower from a tiny seed.

I became enamored over the rituals of birds as they wooed their mates.

And I cried when the flower faded,

and the birds succumbed to the harsh winters day.

I grieved with those who grieved the loss of a loved one, though they knew it not.

I helped those I could, when it was in my power to do so,

And when it was beyond me…for them I did pray.

In truth, what was born out of death, from a saddened past,

has become a way of life for me today.

For if it has life…be it animal or plant, I will strive to protect.

You see…I now know why I write so much of the darkness

I know why I generate the sad poems of death.

For I write of what I abhor the most…

The suffering, the injustice and the stealing of beauty…

Which is life itself…



Oh God… this world which you have by your hands created

Is so beautiful…the trees, the grasses, and all creatures great and small,

I marvel in wonderment of your power…

And I stand in awe of it all.

So please God…spare us all from the darkness that comes.

Deliver us now into the everlasting light.

For I cannot bare to see the suffering

 or death of any living thing…anymore.

Life is beautiful…life is precious

J. Allen Wilson © 2005



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Reviewed by Sandie Angel 11/20/2005

You are a sensitive and empathetic person.
People who possess these two qualities can feel a lot of things within them -

The celebration of the beauty of the Creator;
The celebration of the joy of life;
and the grieve of the darknesses;

are all deeply felt by you. That is why you can write about them -

which is "Life" in its fullest.

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Suzy Karnow (Reader) 11/19/2005
Life is beautiful…life is precious...

Very well penned!
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 11/19/2005
everybody below has said it well and i'm having trouble composing my thoughts for a review that says what I want it to say... "The Stealing of Beauty" -- it's something we all grieve, and I understand what you are saying here and why you have written the dark side. I've done the same. may the light and beauty enfold you, Dawn
Reviewed by jude forese 11/19/2005
we live in a beautiful but hostile universe ... it's all part of the creation ... we can only strive to empower the beauty and hope within us and manifest it outwardly ...
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 11/19/2005
And this is truly one heartfelt precious piece of poetry, J. Allen.
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 11/19/2005
J. Allen,
This is real to all that know and understand why we do what we do, day after day after day.
You've touched life with death and death with the beauty of life, simply because death is a part of life that in time touches all and everything that lives.
This brings it all home, and like it or not, we have to learn to go on, even through the pain of loss.
Touching and insightful.

Reviewed by Kate Clifford 11/18/2005
I have to agree with ETW thoughts. Strange how we all seem to pass through the same thoughts and it shows quite well on these poetry boards. It shows how we are alive and one :-) Great write.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 11/18/2005
I can relate. It seems so many of us are feeling like this lately Allen. Your writing whether dark/light or in-between, is always beautiful, meaningful, and a pleasure to read!


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