“Times Such As These” A Poem by Veronica Hallissey

I want to share this poem, written by Veronica Hallissey.

I’ve known Veronica for a while, although I’ve never met her in person, her poems and our emails to each other make me feel like we are close friends.

Veronica,  is in her 80’s and started a blog, From an Upper Floor,  a few years ago.  She writes  on it every day, sharing her poems and prose, her wise and insightful thoughts and beliefs.

Times Such As These. . .  By Veronica Hallissey

I lock up the room
and pocket the last remnants
of words laying about
unattended.

Fearful that pieces of my heart
may be found
scattered among them.
And why not?

Times such as these
leave us with little salve
to heal the open wounds
which once were hearts.

For whom do we weep?
The children whose siblings
will no longer come to the table
to convey with no doubt
the events which took their innocence?

Or the parents whose hearts
were transplanted
when word came that
these unspent stars were already
breathing the rarified air
as heaven’s most blessed?

Look at us here.
Pleading that our children
will be safe as they try to understand
what we in our dotage
have not learned.
To resort to arms

means death in any country.

 

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