pictures in lockets

March 22, 2012 § 5 Comments

the child
is now an angel
on a chain
this because
a madman
wished retribution
for the actions of
other madmen
the child
is an angel
on a chain

the young man
is an angel
on a chain
the recipient
of fear and hatred
unable to walk
without motives
questioned
he’s become
an angel
on a chain

the man
is an angel
on a chain
his Abraham
was not the same
as some others
Abraham
the man, now
an angel
on a chain

the woman
is an angel
on a chain
choices forced
upon her
by forces
stacked against her
another woman
becomes
an angel
on a chain

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§ 5 Responses to pictures in lockets

  • Ina says:

    Hi Fred, the repetition works very well in this poem. Good thoughts! 🙂

  • Thomas Davis says:

    I agree with Ina. The repetition works well. This is a haunting poem that rings true. There is a celebrated case of a young black man who had gone to the store in Florida in the United States to buy Skittles, a kind of candy, who was murdered by a vigilante who the police refused to arrest. He is now an angel on a chain, I suppose, along with the other angels, piling up from ancient history into the present. This is really impressive work.

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