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There came a time
by Alex Grehy
There came a time when they stopped striving for solutions,
stopped trying to fix the unfixable.
There came a time of acceptance, when they tended to the
small doings of domestic life.
Creating bubbles of unreality
in which to live, while society
crumbled around them.
There came a time of peace, when the end was near.
They flocked to the park, singing,
sat hand in hand on the benches
each couple, each family, resting
with their memories, speaking
aloud their dreams and wishes
and prayers, watching them float
like mist into roiling maw
of the torrid sky.
There came a time, when it was all over,
when their bodies slumped,
flumped softly to the ground,
giving in to the gentle pull
of gravity and the earth’s
There came a time, when the empty world
was swaddled in silence,
their golden dreams
descended, falling like
autumn leaves to rest
gently on the bones
of those who would
dream no more.
Fiction © Copyright Alex Grehy
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
More from author Alex Grehy:
After a lifetime of writing technical non-fiction, Alex Grey is fulfilling her dream of writing poems and stories that engage the reader’s emotions. Her work has been featured by a wide range of publications including Siren’s Call, Raconteur, Bookends Review, and Toasted Cheese. One of her comic poems is also available via a worldwide network of public fiction dispensers managed by French publisher, Short Edition. Her ingredients for contentment are narrow boating, greyhounds, singing and chocolate. It is a sweet life, yet Alex’ original view of the world has led to her best friend to say ‘For someone so lovely, you’re very twisted!
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A sad, yet beautifully calm comment on the inability of humans to get along and prosper with their kindred. I love the way you think and compose, Alex.
Thank you – I wrote this on holiday on an idyllic Canary Island – it was so hard to think dark thoughts! 🙂
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Love the pacing and rhythm 😍