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Breakdown Coming

I'm a writer, a poet, a dreamer. Born and raised in New York City. I now live in Daytona Beach, Florida. .


The sky so bright,

sun on the wing,

birds in the trees sing,

then someone down the street,

set off a bomb

and you can feel the breakdown coming.

Day quiet,

nothing going on,

off to do some shopping,

a nut in the parking lot,

shoots a couple

and you just know that,

breakdown is coming.

Suddenly you want,

to run and hide,

nothing seems right anymore,

you never know,

if you will make it back home.

How do you cope,

in a world so full of strife,

no one cares,

no one understands,

anger to the left,

anger to the right,

violence right in your hometown

and you can just feel that,

breakdown coming on.

Where once children ran and played,

some parks now deserted,

mothers keeping children at home.

Schools were great places,

friends all about,

but then in those days,

friends didn’t shoot friends.

Your neighbor smiles at you,

you begin to wonder,

what is behind that smile

and you quickly shut the door.

There is no cure,

you cannot lock yourself in,

best you can do is fill your heart with love,

close your door upon the world,

don’t turn the TV or radio on

and save that breakdown,

for another day.

© 2017 Gypsy Rose Lee


Gypsy Rose Lee (author) from Daytona Beach, Florida on May 03, 2017:

Mike the world needs a good deal of optimism and a feeling that if everyone pulls together things can turn around for the better.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on April 30, 2017:

Hello Gypsy - You have captured the mood that seems to have swept the globe. On the bright side if fear can grip the world, so can optimism.

Gypsy Rose Lee (author) from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 29, 2017:

Wishing you all a sunny and relaxing weekend and leave the world outside the door for now.

Thank you Ann and I do keep hoping.

Thank you Louise.

Thank you Bill. Perhaps a really good dose of The Beatles what the world needs now is love repeated until everyone finally gets it.

Thank you Ruby and I wish the very best for your sister. It sure can be scary.

Thank you Manatita. It is my poetry that keeps me sane so this is what has been on my mind because you cannot hide from the reality.

Thank you Jamie.

Thank you FlourishAnyway.

Thank you Audrey and to that we must go back many years and the words - the answer my friend is blowing in the wind...

just think we have really stepped back in time because words like this are still appropriate today.

Sad but true Nithya. I sit working at my quiet home and without bringing the world in you can at least forget about it for awhile.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 28, 2017:

Sad that there is no cure and the best that we can do is to not watch or read any news sources for now.

Audrey Howitt from California on April 28, 2017:

Sad but so true--how can we manage to honor the victims of violence without losing ourselves in the process?

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 26, 2017:

I liked this unfortunate portrayal of the strife that ravages our world these days.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on April 26, 2017:

Great read this morning Gypsy. Jamie

manatita44 from london on April 26, 2017:

Wow! Gypsy, a very different tone! What's to do? Shut the doors, yes, but not to the world. Let us try ... let us try ...

Different slant but great poetry!!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 26, 2017:

Your poetry rings true in my heart. Sometimes I feel like shutting myself in and hiding in fear, then I remember that living in fear takes all the joy out of life. I live close to Evansville, In. where people are killed by drive-by shooters daily. I'm glad I live in a small town, but my sister lives in Evansville and I worry. Your poetry is timely....

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 26, 2017:

The use of the repetitive is always a powerful approach to something like this topic. You did it well. I don't have any answers for our society, other than love, but that doesn't seem to be embraced right now.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on April 26, 2017:

That's a lovely poem. Life these days is certainly very tough. Your poem was well worded and love the video and images you added.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 26, 2017:

You're right about turning off the tv and radio. There isn't much good news to hear about. I like this; you convey well the feeling many of us get these days when we can't be sure what's round the corner. Your optimistic outlook at the end is so true; that's all we can do. Be loving and hope that good and love will triumph. It must. Great piece!


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