Distant Haze Poem by James B. Earley

Distant Haze

Rating: 5.0


There was a knock upon my door
…In…the light…was she
Grab your coat and in the rain
Come take a walk with me

So many times we’d hop the bus
To…A faraway…picture show
Days of Summer we’d take our poles
…And fishing…we would go

We’d sit atop the earthen bank
…Reflections in…the rippling…water
Laughing and talking…the two of us
…Without…romance…to bother

Graduation night…A distant haze
I’ve struggled with…so much
…The day…we went....our separate way
And failed to keep in touch

…Inquiring…of her…sometime ago
From a relative I chanced to meet
'A prostitute…on drugs…she is
……….Working…some city street'

Stinging words…….in that reply
An avalanche…of tears…inside
The pain of which I won’t deny
And now…I hear....that she....has died

If perchance…it was…her darkest hour
…When that path......she chose......to take
Then…may God please…forgive…the call
………..The call……I failed…to make

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Chitra - 14 March 2009

Thought provoking, these strong words...make me feel the sense of your loss

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Christine Kerr 14 March 2009

Im keeping this one, It is beautiful. Seems to follow suit with my 'We're not The Same Kids. Thankyou for sharing 10+++

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Linda Winchell 14 March 2009

Sometimes even a call won't change what happens to people. Great poem! Possibly one of the best I've read in a long while. God Be With You! Linda

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Lynda Robson 14 March 2009

Poignant, and I sense guilt that you never rang her, but what becomes of people is not always to do with fate, beautifully written James, thank you Lynda xx 10

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Fay Slimm 15 March 2009

Tragic consequences are sometimes unavoidable James - - and we have to take the view that we are not wholly to blame for outcomes - this is a sad poem - but beautifully written -- best wishes to you from Fay....

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Akhtar Jawad 04 April 2018

Stinging words…….in that reply An avalanche…of tears…inside The pain of which I won’t deny And now…I hear....that she....has died Such a touching poem!

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Howard Savage 16 January 2016

the haze is an overcast of life. Great metaphor.

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Shirley Hanley 31 January 2010

Wow James... talk about destiny taking us down different paths! Life is interesting if nothing else. I felt your pain in this one James. Shirley

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Seema Chowdhury 23 March 2009

the second last stanza is so beautiful.... i don't have words to express. thanks alot for sharing this poem with me.

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Laurie Hill 18 March 2009

A haunting beautiful story so very well penned..10+

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