Betty Jo Hilger

Rookie (05/29/65 / Missouri)

Timid Dialogues… - Poem by Betty Jo Hilger

Certain themes of conversation are anathema
They never should be broached
Though opinions may be accurate
the consequence is death

Of relationships
Of peace
Of hopes
Of dreams
Of sanity

Oft’ begun in innocence, with thoughts to rationale
Unforeseen, the outcome
weighs a heart to bow
forced into a corner

Blackened
Helpless
Desperate
Inconsolable
Wretched

In assessment of his triggers she is flawless
when signals are conveyed
accumulating data, measuring the risk
but she cannot read his mind

Of pandemonium
Of fear
Of chaos
Of night
Of anarchy

Yet some things are important that he understand
for future companionship
and for camaraderie
so, at times, the risks are weighed
and…

We leap
We pray
We hope
We try
In faith…


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Poem Submitted: Friday, March 4, 2005



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