Marathon – Poem #99

Today is the 5th anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.   Martin Richard, just 8 years old was killed in the attack.

“Peace”
“No more hurting people”
A little prince wise beyond his years
eyes filled with promise
of great deeds to come.

Greeting the victors
adding his accolades
Athens triumphant
a laurel wreath
crowning Pheidippides.

Amongst the multitude in the agora
the shadow of death
stunted specters
souls without hope, their darkness falling
over a prince of hopes and dreams

Wails from the multitude
the wise princely eyes
covered with coins
payment to Charon
for the journey ‘cross the Styx.

And the multitude wept
as the Oracles screamed
and spoke in babble;
fists shaken at heaven
asking why, while Zeus was silent

And Zeus answered
“Shake not your fists at heaven asking why
for some things you cannot know;
take comfort that you are not alone.
After all, did not the gods abandon even mighty Troy?”

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About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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3 Responses to Marathon – Poem #99

  1. Once again, the depth and soul of your poetry has moved me. You have no idea. I am at a loss for words. Thank you for honoring this ‘littlest victim’ of brutality and inhumanity.

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  2. jfwknifton says:

    A wonderful last line. We had the same thing in Warrington, England. An IRA bomb killed only two little boys,three-year-old Johnathan Ball and twelve-year-old Tim Parry, By one of life’s supreme ironies, much of the IRA’s “freedom fighting” was financed by the Irish community in Boston, or at least, that was what we all believed at the time.

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  3. beetleypete says:

    On the mark as always, Frank. More bombing in Syria can only serve to increase the likelihood of attacks on civilians in western countries.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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