Chasing Shadows – A Silent and Tragic Memory

Chasing Shadows

 

The perfect recollection

Of the moment

 

The one etched in time,

Written in stone,

Carved in the trees of the ancient forests

 

Unaware of uncertainty

 

When all things were as they should be

Before the damage was done

 

Unchanged lives

Objects in perpetual motion

Without collision

 

Untouched photographs of life

 

Memories perhaps,

But powerful enough to resurface again and again

 

Chasing shadows for far too long

Beyond my grasping reach

Silently mocking my feeble undertaking

 

Unwritten rules of abandonment

 

Thrust into a maelstrom of glass and steel

Settling dust and blood pooling on the pavement

 

That which was

Is suddenly no more

A last breath slipping into the atmosphere

 

Beyond a shadow of a doubt

 

Unseen, but not without second sight

Perpetually rewinding and replaying

 

Escape nothing more than a meaningless word

Casually tossed among vocabulary

As if it had never even been considered

 

Lines being cast off in succession

 

The departure now imminent

Yet the shadows continue spreading

 

All that remains of that thing some call family

Twisted car seats; one pink and one blue

Echoes of whispered intimacy

 

And silence…

 

Additional Readings:

Meaningless Tears – My Father’s Funeral

Neglect Leads to Loss

R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all.I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed.I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another.I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me.I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.
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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

3 thoughts on “Chasing Shadows – A Silent and Tragic Memory

  • November 14, 2017 at 5:05 PM
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    Heart-breaking, devastating loss – this piece is so emotive, Ralph. I feel tears welling up. So sad.

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  • November 14, 2017 at 9:18 PM
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    Beautifully emoted and penned Ralph, your phrasing is so succinct and poignant. Wonderfully expressed my friend.

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  • November 15, 2017 at 11:29 AM
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    Beyond words! It brought back memories, not so long ago, where we had lost many friends and family to multiple wrecks. Simply heartbreaking, but beautifully written.

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