RoseAnn V. Shawiak

(October 6,1950 / New Jersey)

Folded Banners


Liveliness has died inside, instead, folded banners
lie haphazardly spread around in piles.

Where are the things I want to see? Lost, forgotten,
locked in steel boxes, deeply hidden.

Painful windows opened to the past, airing out memories
which do not quickly pass.

Folded hands, prayer-like, not uttering a word, fear-
lined stillness held in terror.

Where are the sounds of yesterday? Why do they remain
in hiding?

Life penetrated solemn trust, not knowing what it's
doing.

Falling fast, sinking below the mark of life, hurriedly
attempting to grasp some meaning.

Instead liveliness lies dying.

Submitted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Edited: Thursday, March 20, 2014

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