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  Children Of Shadows / Parts 1 and 2
by Sara L Russell
Friday, August 04, 2006
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Too many children disappear or die these days. This series of poems is about the injustice of it all. These also appear in the August 2006 issue of Poetry Life & Times, in Resident Poets...

Children of Shadows 1

(For All the Lost Children)

What sentinels watch over us, the lost,
who fly as shadows
What vengeful archangels take wing,
keeping account of everything,
While we are bound to life
between two earthly planes?
While only tragedy
and emptiness remains?

What empty rhetoric has drowned the cost
in vapid shallows,
Simplistic terms for everything,
leaving the poison in the sting,
While our remembered life
still bears the bloody stains?
For sometimes justice lies
when love has severed veins.

Where were the ones who always cared for us-
when we were screaming?
The ones who kissed away our pain,
kept us amused through weeks of rain,
Taught us about the Father,
Son and Holy Ghost?
Where did the grownups go
when we needed them most?

Where were the strong ones, who were there for us
when we were dreaming;
Who saved us when nightmares lashed the rein,
banished the monsters once again,
Who told us of guardian angels;
all the Heavenly Host?
And where is justice,
when the world needs it the most?

Away with your rhetoric, and legends born to save.
No-one can help those crying out beyond the grave.

Children of Shadows 2

(For The Parents)

Be brave, my soul, be grounded at my centre,
When all the world comes calling at my door;
I stand if only courage is my mentor,
In letting go of all I struggled for.

Be sweet, my dreams, the waking day deserts me,
My prayers fall down unanswered from the sky;
Fond reverie returns to haunt and hurt me,
My hindsight crawls, as fleeting chances fly.

Be sanctuary, my home, though still and empty,
Silence the angry thoughts searing my head;
Let lie, unopened, letters friends have sent me,
With rag dolls staring from her empty bed.

She is a picture now, and two dimensions
Allow no contact more than smiling eyes.
All art and music are but dull pretensions
While plastic sunlight lights her paper skies.

All poems by Sara Russell, 2006

Poetry Life & Times: Sara L. Russell, in Resident Poets

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Reviewed by Debashish Haar 8/5/2006
I like the intelligent connection (sense impressionism) between the parts I and II. On the surface this is about the lost/misled children and about existence...and at the core it represents our times, us...and makes a psybiological (if that is the word, have dug it up from a book on installations art *LOL*) statement.


Reviewed by richard cederberg 8/4/2006
A beautifully rendered construct - so somber in scope.

The questions asked by the Poet will echo down the halls of time where apathy, and controversy, and inconsistency, and the second law of thermodynamics, takes its toll on all men and all their dreams.

We can only hope for a revelation of justice to grip the hearts and souls of mankind.

In fraternity and poetic vision ...
Richard Lloyd Cederberg
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 8/4/2006

Thank You, Sublime Poet for standing for Justice and for enriching the English Fine Letters.

You have paid Your dues to the treasure of Poetry with these jewels titled, "Children Of Shadows / Parts 1 and 2".

Long healthy creative life.

Your proud admirer,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 8/4/2006
In tandem, Children of Shadows is as inspiring as they are of the here and now temperature of today's mean-spirited, evil society. The inspiration here is to take care of our children at all costs, hear their cries, and embrace all of their needs, spiritually, emotionally, financially, and educationally, and for the grieving parents who have lost a child to the hands of evil, these poems are global condolence, Sara. I would like to thank you once again for inviting me to showcase my poetry in the January 2006 issue of Poetry Life & Times and also thank you so kindly for the Interview in the February 2006 issue. I greatly appreciate it, and it has brought me many new readers. Also for my peers who have recently appeared in Poetry Life & Times, Aberjhani, Michelle Mead, Paul Williams, Ian Thorpe, Phyllis Green, Nordette Adams, and OneLight* authors Alexandra and Joseph in this month's issue, also thank you Robin Ouzman Hislop. Blessed Be.

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