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(1997 / Townsville, Australia)

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Beneath One Sky

Beneath One Sky

The boys on the beach
Feel the sand between their toes,
And sunlight on their shoulders.
They have spent the summer
Playing with close mates
And scaling granite boulders.

Under the same sky
Children scurry through a street
Strewn with metal and bricks.
They have spent the winter
Starving in sheer fear,
As skinny as thin cue sticks.

Their mother whimpers
As her eldest writhes and bawls,
Tormented by his lesion.
He spent all of autumn
Exposed to the war
That has ruined the region.

A mother watches
Her daughter squirm and giggle
While she plays with her father.
They have spent all of Spring
Together as one;
Beneath the sky we’d all rather…

Submitted: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Edited: Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Copyright Jack Growden 2013. A sad truth...One world, but different skies it seems. Please read the remainder of my collection, and rate and comment on them as you wish. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoy!

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  • Jack Growden (2/1/2014 5:24:00 AM)

    Thanks for your feedback Allan

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  • Ed Nigma (1/31/2014 5:25:00 AM)

    It is very true. Some are blessed with great lives here on this earth at this time while others are given tragedy and the sun and moon shines on them all. nicely done. Allan Gerard~

  • marvin brato (10/24/2013 11:17:00 PM)

    Reality is not all bed of roses!

  • Jack Growden (10/19/2013 5:18:00 AM)

    As I said in the notes section, it's a sad truth. Thanks for reading David!

  • David Wood (10/19/2013 5:12:00 AM)

    We all live under the same sun and sky but as some strive for peace others strive for war and violence. Good poem.

  • Jack Growden (10/18/2013 6:32:00 PM)

    Thanks ladies! Your feedback is wonderful. Keep reading :)

  • Heather Wilkins (10/18/2013 1:54:00 PM)

    a good write about the days of childhood. a happy time for the children enjoyed

  • Patricia Grantham (10/18/2013 8:06:00 AM)

    Enjoyed your write. It is very refreshing
    and uplifting. Nice poem of childhood days.

  • Jack Growden (10/18/2013 7:39:00 AM)

    Thanks Tamara! Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Please keep reading my work.

  • Tamara Aimson (10/18/2013 7:30:00 AM)

    This is really good. I like the rhyme.

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