Seventy-five Years On

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The swish-swash of churning waves
fills the heavy boots
before the men are waist high
in chilling water.

Bodies spat relentlessly
into an ocean snare
and heavy sands
many will not escape.

Seventy-five years
passed in a blink
those young men
grown old are sad.

Comrades taken in youth
remembered
fresh faced
steadfast in memory.

They live on
in old hearts
heavy with loss
tears never far.

Today they reminisce
relive the sacrifice
letters and poetry
offered in remembrance.

But for those returned
the true tribute
forever etched
in hearts and minds.

© June 6th 2019 Christine Nedahl

 

Lyra McKee

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The message ‘Not In Our Name’ has been repeatedly shared on social media. Credit: UTV

Lyra McKee

Standing for liberty,
honesty, truth.
Passion for transparency,
to understand,
report without bias.

Devoid of thought,
empty of compassion.
Smelling blood,
random act
bought silence.

One person
denied another.
Impartiality stilled
in moment of time,
depriving all.

Her need
is ours.
A voice murdered
by chance,
ignites thousands more.

© April 19th 2019 Christine Nedahl

Twilight

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In the still of the evening

before the light is dim,

lamps are lit

and the moon appears,

a calm descends.

 

In the pale sky

a feathered arrow

in final flight,

branches beckoning

weary wings to rest.

 

In this quiet time

the mind is soothed,

thoughts collected,

ready and waiting

for tomorrow’s promise.

 

©ChristineNedahlMarch2018

The Olive

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Tree after tree

grove upon grove

blackened torso

thrice stretched

in salutation

winter stark.

 

Twig after twig

leaf upon leaf

gloss green

welcome

breeze beckoning

summer sun.

 

©ChristineNedahlMarch2016

Seasons

 

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Spring – new beginnings

love, rebirth everywhere

precious survival promised.

Summer – warmth, happiness

natures’ trysts made

precious life consummated.

Autumn – relationships mellowed

fruits borne

precious life propagated.

Winter – existence lulled

fledglings flown

precious life suspended.

Seasons’ circle ends

promises fulfilled pledges broken

precious life endures.

I am sad

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I am sad

you are no longer here.

Never my love

you belonged to another.

You were my friend

 always there.

Thinking of you

why I’ve no idea.

Not a special day

death, birth, other.

On my mind since dawn

some days this is it.

You’d grin, typical you

my turn to smile.

I knew you well

my soulmate.

No need togetherness

we shared ideals.

In heart and mind

I miss you.

©ChristineNedahlFebruary2018

Nature

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Wind howls

round chimneys

through trees

bends double

bare branches

silhouettes stark

sky backdrop

sun squeezes

light through

turbulent cloud

Winter rages

power forces

transitory win

Spring birthing.

©ChristineNedahlFebruary2018