Alison Cassidy

(6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

Rows of Eager Faces

Rows of eager faces
smile at me
from the front page
of the Age
this morning.
Friendly faces,
familiar faces.
Some old and crusty,
terribly young.

Rows of eager faces
(too many of them)
are no longer with us.
They died
last Saturday -
in their cars,
in their homes.
Swallowed by an inferno
that engulfed
without malice,
without warning.

Rows of eager faces,
are neatly folded now.
I can’t quite
bring myself
to throw them away.

Submitted: Saturday, February 14, 2009
Edited: Saturday, September 26, 2009

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  • Stephen Stirk (3/13/2009 7:41:00 AM)

    A powerful, poignant, and amazingly brave write. I can sense the feeling. Thanks for sharing.
    Steve (Report) Reply

  • Karin Anderson (sorry can't vote or comment) . (2/25/2009 8:56:00 PM)

    This is so poignant and written with the hand of a truly compassionate woman who is in the midst
    of a tragedy of unfathomable perception. Alison, the title is so pertinent, the words woven with skill,
    and the entirety of the work a 'feather in your cap' as a poet who can bring the reader to the point of where you and many others are in your part of Australia. Karin Anderson (Report) Reply

  • Andrew Blakemore (2/16/2009 4:22:00 PM)

    This is so powerful Alison, one can't fail to be moved by your words. Terrific poem. Love, Andrew xx (Report) Reply

  • David Harris (2/14/2009 5:20:00 AM)

    Dear Allie, whenever disaster strike we all want to reach out and add our bit of support to those whom have suffered loss of some kind because of it. This is a heart rendering reminder to us all that it is not only those directly involved in the disaster that we must and need to reach out to, but also the family and friends of those who have suffered losses. This is a brave and heart wrenching write and my heart goes out to everyone whom suffered.Thank you for sharing this my friend.
    Hugs David xxxx (Report) Reply

  • Fay Slimm (2/14/2009 2:49:00 AM)

    Heartrending for you to have to write this dear Allie - - and thank you for the courage to share your deep pain - we will in turn share with you all in Victoria this tragic period of time - - with you in spirit....... Fay.....xxxx (Report) Reply

  • Naseer Ahmed Nasir (2/14/2009 2:28:00 AM)

    You have written a heart-dissolving poem, Alison. Your pain is deeper than words. Rows of eager faces perhaps will never be forgotten.

    'When there is dearth of dreams
    And the sleep refuse to meet
    At the borders of day and night
    I preserve faces in eyes....
    Faces, whom I saw
    Turning into tears
    At the time of departing
    Faces, whom I saw
    Melting under water...
    Faces, where the weathers played hide and seek...'

    Best Wishes.
    Naseer (Report) Reply

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