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Crosses and Life
by Leslie P Garcia
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Butterflies, crosses, an unexpected full moon...symbols are everything to do with religion or nothing to do with religion, but symbols are always to do with life.

Roadside crosses.
Stark reminders of those
No longer with us, those
Who died alongside
Uncaring roads. 

Political fodder, too,
Those crosses,
By those who would mute
All Christian voice…
But driving my granddaughter home
I pass
A gaily bedecked cross
In a new subdivision. 
I knew of the girl,
Of her trip home
On her fifteenth birthday,
The wall of water
Through that low-water crossing
That washed her
From an SUV.
For a while,
The flowers
On that cross of love
And heartbreak were pink and white,
The colors
Of her unlived dreams.
Now, though, they’re a riot
Of color and hope.
Seeing them, or crosses
At other unexpected places,
I take my foot
Off the gas,
Think of life—
Not of Christian life,
Or my life,
Just life.
No political correctness,
No harm
To passers by
Who see plus signs
Or intrusions
Into “rights”—

It isn’t the cross by the road that’s sacred,
It’s the life that each of us
Until we too
Are found
Only in passing thought.


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Reviewed by Ojo Egunjobi 7/10/2009
Touchful, not a usual way of expression. Life can always take several shots! Great one ma.
Reviewed by DELETE ACCOUNT 7/6/2009
good job
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 5/2/2009
Excellent poem,take care

Reviewed by Regina Pounds 4/30/2009
Beyond the sadness, the tenderness expressed in your poem, Leslie, you make the is sacred. Those crosses, so lovingly placed and decorated, are a tribute to a life lost and a warning.



Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 4/29/2009
Sadly your facts are true and given enough time all is sadly forgotten. Life, all life is such a wonderful and precious gift...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Cynthia Buhain-Baello 4/28/2009
Sad cross when a child is lost. Life itself is a series of "crossroads"- points of decision and turning points, for the crosses
of life are "lived" and carried. Very inspiring and insightful poem.

Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 4/28/2009
How most delicately put, and beautifully written, very touching, holds much truth, like the stations of the cross.
Blessings! Jasmin Horst

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