Terence George Craddock (afterglows echoes of starlight)


* Jumping Puddles - Poem by Terence George Craddock (afterglows echoes of starlight)

On a cool spring evening
saw cocooned young girl
skipping skipping skipping

while her mother's blood
was dripping dripping dripping.

Not mashed musky stench
stencil-plating failure foetus
plastering out psyche or aborted spleen.

But razored edge
editing adult life.


Copyright © Terence George Craddock

Topic(s) of this poem: suicide


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Written in September 1995 on the 14.9.1995.
This poem is about suicide, it is brutal, so is ignoring the issue; we are part of the problem or part of the solution?

I wrote 'State Of 20th Century Man' about youth suicide, back in January 1982. The poem was written on three levels of consciousness and dealt with issues of suicide, but at this time New Zealand was not ready to address the seriousness of suicide; the topic might upset some viewers or readers.

True but to honour life and those suffering with extreme issues, which they cannot cope with, we must address the topic of suicide, issues and reasons. To care is to act, especially when distasteful aspects of society will be brushed aside and hidden behind walls of shame.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Poem Edited: Monday, May 18, 2015


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