17 April 2013

Hazardous Acts - A Double Dactyl


Yesterday, a smoldering rage
turned a fanciful race hazardous.
One life view became totalitarian.
His name is Notyetknown

nor are his motives on the world stage
despite numerous speculations. Thus
fear spreads, brings response authoritarian
while children watch, their innocence flown.




This is in response to Aprille's prompt at Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads to go for the double dactyl. A dactyl has three feet and, of course, the double has six as well a verse contains a person's name. I'm not sure I got the stresses right but the topic comes from my ongoing concern for my hometown, Boston.



28 comments:

  1. Oh, well penned. Your last line really brings it home.

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    1. There were so many of them there waiting for a parent to finish the marathon.

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  2. Super confusing...You fit this to form well...I like name Notyetknown...such senselessness should never occur.

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    1. I agree and although it continues to it never fails to shake us.

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  3. I believe a Mr Notyetknown has been arrested.. Perhaps the tip of iceberg. I wonder how many others were involved in this heinous act.

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    1. It's unknown at this time but it seems the arrest notices were premature.

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  4. it is just terrible what happened in boston..and with it being your hometown, i think it shocks even more...interesting form as well

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    1. I've not used the form before but found it useful to express my thoughts.

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  5. You have worked well with the form. You ending breaks my heart.

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    1. I saw a photo online of the eight year old boy who was killed holding a poster advocating peace. It was heartbreaking.

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  6. Thank you for giving the dactyls a go, and with some fascinating word choices. You wrote a moving summing up of the sad state of affairs and having this happen in your own home town was give it added poignancy.
    I'm glad to 'meet' you in the garden today.

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    1. Thanks for this prompt and the instructions on how to use the form. I liked working with it.

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    1. Thanks, MZ. Speaking of well done, I'm enjoying your poetry book (with Shay and Joy).

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  8. not arrested yet! did he or didn't he? Notyetknown! argh.
    good work with the form... really good. i want us to not have to write about this any more.

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    1. Yes, the never again never quite works out.

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  9. True to from,,,and your words hit home regarding this new tragedy,,so senseless and beyond disturbing for us all,,

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    1. I think because it happened in my hometown it made it more disturbing.

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  10. A very strong statement. I'm so sorry this cloud has come over your home town, but you can be proud of all the people who came to others' aid, and your excellent trauma units and hospitals. As for the perpetrator, let's hope the authorities find him before some crowd does... Peace to you and yours, Amy

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    1. Thanks, Amy, and I was very proud of the response of Bostonians who helped in great numbers and the world class emergency treatment available. I remind myself that the good guys outnumber the bad.

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  11. You really did a great job with this. To bad what you had to say rings so true. Sadly, these tragedies are becoming all too frequent during our times.

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    1. Yes, didn't someone once ask if we all could just get along.

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  12. ...Notyetknown. I dread to hear the "reason" for this insanity.

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    1. Probably makes sense only to him.

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  13. Beautiful post. Horrific event. Light and love to my beloved Boston.

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  14. I love this ~~~ Dr. Seuss would have as well!!

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