-Are you free?
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Or are you trapped with those
whose vengence, is not of God?
Who even some, were bound by jealousy,
with eyes that fixed you in formulated phrase-
words expressing the tenderness of age,
while murmuring prayers of which...
were not meant for thee.
From the closed door- the cold heart...
are you free?
Are you bound?
Restrained by laws of earth and mind-
meanings upon meanings, with no reason found?
For what plagued the minds of so many, do still...
one face, that bares no soul to feel.
And through all uncertainties,
their hearts were sealed.
For through doubt and fear, no life is sound.
Nights are stirred in unrest, their unholy vows,
to seek out with vengence, while yet somehow,
forget the leaves, that fall so clear,
that in unseen ways... you made come down.
Grief, too sad for song or word,
so touches the few left, and I've heard,
chatters amongst the paper stars,
who hold their titles high to see,
and wrote you, to a world of hypocrisy.
I come here alone, to stand with thee.
From where I am... there you are.
Oh, bright red rose, tell me silently...
are you free?
(For 11 yr old Shannon Nicole Paulk, missing from Prattville, Alabama in 2001.)
-a new poem, that I have written for Shannon, where in this poem, if speaking to Shannon, I suppose I would indeed ask, IF she is free, from all the ties the earth can bind one with. And free... from those whose hearts were NOT true in their words, or respects. So many fears and uncertainties inside a person, specially a child, which many people wonder, could possibly hold a persons' spirit from escaping this world. A limbo of sort, where I firmly believe, bares no fault of a child. I believe God releases his own children from any grips of fear, or violence prior to death. My faith, my belief, is that God, took Shannon, before that mental darkness befell her. That she would not experience, perhaps, all that she could have. I believe that God can do this, and why not? God, is truely God, and Father to ALL his children. And to implement a comfort into a childs' mind or senses, would indeed, be a Godly thing... to be done. See... IF there is truely a Spiritual world beyond this one... we MUST believe that things such as this, are possible, and they happen around us, when we do not know it. That later, we would know so many things, that now... we can not even begin to concieve. My thoughts and prayers are continually with Marie, and her family. I feel very sure, you will see your daughter again... someday. -Sincerely; David.
"Poems For the Missing"
David T. Culver