Breakdown Coming

Updated on April 25, 2017
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I'm a writer, a poet, a dreamer. Born and raised in New York City. I now live in Daytona Beach, Florida with my wonderful cat Sid.

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


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      3 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

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

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      3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      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.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      3 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      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.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

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

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

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

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      3 years ago from USA

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

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      3 years ago from Reno NV

      Great read this morning Gypsy. Jamie

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      3 years ago from london

      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!!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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....

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      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.

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      Louise Powles 

      3 years ago from Norfolk, England

      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.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      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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