In the chaos of the time

When fruitless words have fallen

to aria of wind 

When the end dictates 

the beginning of a virgin earth

wiped anew with destruction 

In the residue of life

Where will the memories lie

of the child, of the youth 

and the wise old man


In the hand of death in the eyes that see

In the eyes of you and in the eyes of me

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Fri 31st May 2019 18:18

Thank you Rose, Keith and Martin for your comments, very much appreciate your time. Thank you Rose for the encouragement.

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Rose Casserley

Fri 31st May 2019 12:42

Des, you have always been good at this great game but let me tell you dude you are most certainly getting better by the poem!

Rose ?

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Martin Peacock

Fri 31st May 2019 08:37

'Where will the memories lie
of the child, of the youth
and the wise old man'
- that's a very interesting question you ask there, Desmond. It's one all poets ought to address in these febrile times too: if poetry - indeed, all art - has any pretensions to longevity i.e. passing on messages to successive generations (and I like to think this should be as important as speaking to the present moment - poetry isn't chip-wrappings) what will be the fate of all of humanity's creative output if there's going to be no tomorrow in which to appreciate it? A sobering, nay, terrifying thought.

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keith jeffries

Fri 31st May 2019 07:55


The word apocalyptic comes to mind as the world shirks from its greatest challenge. Your poem poses some very deep questions. We focus on the unimportant when all about us we ignore the apparent.

Thank you for this


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