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posted on Sep, 27 2016 @ 11:35 AM
Crosses, wreathes, plastic flowers
mark where they perished,
roadside headstones,
memorials to those who died there.

Tended by those left behind,
days, months and years
testing the mourner's resolve,
provoking the passerby
to think of their own mortality.

What happened,
how did they die,
what are the clues left behind,
tire marks, bent steel, broken concrete?

We wonder what were they thinking,
what were they doing,
why did this happen,
did they have a premonition,
did their life flash before their eyes?

Did a loved one warn to be careful,
did they know the risk,
were they filled with excitement
or full of dread?

Do loved ones drive by and say a prayer,
does it remind them of their love and loss,
does it bring a tear or a smile to their faces?
Cemeteries are full of stone tablets
recording birth and death.

While the roadside memorials show you where they died,
the places where their lives ended,
where paramedics did their best,
where bystanders stood agasp but could not turn away.

Sorrow builds the memorials
but is is love that maintains them.

posted on Sep, 27 2016 @ 11:48 AM
a reply to: grayeagle

Nice job.👍

posted on Sep, 27 2016 @ 12:04 PM
Thought provoking, sad and heartfelt. Well done!

posted on Sep, 27 2016 @ 01:31 PM
a reply to: grayeagle

Such a beautiful poem, thank you for sharing that.

posted on Sep, 27 2016 @ 08:56 PM
a reply to: grayeagle

Thanks folks for reading and commenting. I drive by a memorial every day for two women who died in a motorcycle accident. The emotions I feel each time I drive by caused me to think about my response and write this. Love and peace to everyone.

posted on Sep, 28 2016 @ 07:27 AM
Very well done. I see those all the time, and wonder what led to the circumstances. They definitely do make one question their own mortality. I think that these may actually cause drivers to be a bit more careful.

posted on Sep, 29 2016 @ 10:13 AM
a reply to: JDHellraiser

Thank you for your response. I also have a feeling they may help people slow down and be mindful of what they are doing. I remember as a child traveling in Montana seeing the white crosses they put up for fatalities. It was shocking to see how some places had 4 or 5 from multiple accidents. I believe the memorials are very important to the survivors and their mourning process.

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