Friday, December 6, 2013

Form for All & Friday Flash 55 — Remembered



After "what if" happens
some will survive to tell
how their hate, their weapons
made Earth a living hell.

Few names will be remembered—
and sung a capella.

With memories of atoms
at eve’s blast all pell-mell
they’ll look into the heavens
and raise a new groundswell

of hearts never surrendered—
à la Nelson Mandela.

 ~~~

Written for Friday Flash 55, G-Man, and his Mr. Knowitall community...
      and also for
dVerse Poets Pub Form for All, where host Samuel Peralta invites us to write a poem in 55 words this week.

Please visit both links to read many more "55s" as these two writing communities join together this week. What a special idea, Sam!

[Image via tumblr, where credit to the photographer was not given.]
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25 comments:

kaykuala said...

Beautiful tribute Lydia! An icon has been extinguished but it still shines bright for justice and peace! Great write!

Hank

Brian Miller said...

nice word play with atom at eves, and def an appropriate one for today...he was def an inspiration---i have read quite a bit on he and tutu...it is a sad day, but we are richer for him

Yvonne Osborne said...

Great opening stanza. Thankfully we have had a few Mandalas to offset those who would make Earth a living hell. Great word play and tribute. Especially like the use of pell-mell.

Mary said...

Beautiful. Nelson Mandela's name will definitely be one that will be remembered! A true world hero.

Rob-bear said...

Hate and destruction never quit. Neither does resistance to such things.

Blessings and Bear hugs!

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous tribute!

Björn said...

You paint with word in a tribute with hopes for a better world.

G-Man said...

Well Done Lydia Dear!!!!
Few people that have lived on this Earth, have sacrificed what Nelson Mandela has for liberty and freedom...
Loved your Tribute 55
Thanks for playing and sharing, and please have a Kick Ass Week-End

Alice Audrey said...

Excellent progression on this one.

Nara Malone said...

A lovely tribute to a true hero.

susan said...

Beautifully written, Lydia. Let's hope we change our ways far short of that 'what if'.

grapeling said...

bleak then hopeful. nicely penned ~

freyawrites.com said...

A wonderful tribute - well done. Rest in peace Madiba.

Lydia said...

Hello Everyone~ I appreciate your kind comments, and rather than replying individually I am going to use that time to visit as many 55 posts as I can this weekend. Many thanks for your visits here.

aprille said...

Hiya Lydia,
Don't remember having visited you before. Nice to find the link. I am impressed with your rhyme words and the way this delicat poem is constructed: the four/two line pattern, with a separate line of thought running through them: very clever and nice to read.

Brian Miller said...

happy saturday lydia...hopefully i will see you in just a bit...smiles.

Semaphore said...

A wonderful tribute to an amazing man. I'm honoured that you used the framework of my article to springboard this commemoration. Indeed, he was and will always be an inspiration.

What's the story in Dalamory said...

A memorable poem and a memorable person. Let's hope his hope of a changed world comes about. Blessings from Dalamory.

Jhob Kholi said...

What a enjoyable pattern! Its great to take note of from you and notice what youve sent approximately. All of the projects look great! You make it so simple to the present. Thanks!

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A Cuban In London said...

This is by far one of the better tributes I've read. it should have been published in a newspaper. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

mythopolis said...

He did his job, and now we have to do ours.

What's the story in Dalamory said...

You are so clever with words....... beautiful poetry for a beautiful man. Blessings from Dalamory. www.freda.org.uk

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Oh such a wonderful tribute to Mandela. The accompanying photo is perfect with your words.-- barbara

Margaret said...

Very clever!

rosaria williams said...

What a strong statement! Most appreciated.

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