Tuesday, February 19, 2013

February 19, 1999

February 19, 1999

I don't know all the names he was called,
but I can imagine:
son
brother
uncle
friend.

What I know about his death is from
what I've read
what I've seen on tv.
Things
I won't
write
here.

So today, the anniversary of when
he died. I say a
prayer for him,
and his friends
and his family,
and for those who killed him.

And I pray for a better world
full of love
for all of us.

heidi
written 2/19/13 in memory of Billy Jack Gaither
submitted for dVerse Poet's Pub

Today marks a sad day in Alabama history.  I don't really have anything else to say except please check out the link above about him.

20 comments:

  1. What a beautiful poem for someone who left too early, too tragically. I too hope for a better world.

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    1. Thank you Susie. I get really anxious writing about real people (who aren't my children). His story in important, though and I just hope I did him justice.


      And thank you for the follow...i'm approaching double digits!

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  2. I hope one day we can look back and say "Look how far we've come" and to an extend - we can - but not even close to where we should be standing.

    Thank-you for sharing this.

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    1. Thank you Gretchen. We do have a way to go.

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  3. a sad sad tale of intolerance and stupidity...goodness...i have used his story before when talking on it...i hope we one day have a world that is much more full of love...

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    1. Me too, Brian. Thanks for dropping in.

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  4. This was interesting. I like the line breaks.

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for reading and commenting.

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  5. What a sad and tragic death ~I pray for a better world too for all of us ~ Thanks for sharing ~

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  6. A sad situation indeed. A very nice tribute.

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for stopping by,

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  7. touching poem, excellent tribute piece. The not getting into details here is a great example of so much said without really stating the details themselves. Very nicely done. Thanks

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    1. Hi Fred, thanks for reading and commenting. I am very glad that you liked it. I was worried...it is easy for me to overdo and get melodramatic (and not in the fun way). Thank you for the kind words.

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  8. i'll join in your prayer...and still a long way to go...

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    1. Thank you Claudia. I always look forward to your kind comments. I believe that there is hope for all of us.

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  9. Too many people go unnoticed both when they are alive and when they sadly die..honest..striking words..jae

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    1. Nice to see you here again, Jae. Thank you for the comments, I'm glad you liked the post.

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    1. Hi lucychili! So happy to have you back here. We do need to stop this. The interviews with his brother are heartbreaking.

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