First Responder

First Responder

I close my eyes
but the picture
remains imprinted
in my brain
The sounds will
not cease
The cries
ring in my ears
and the terrors
I come
to this place
of peace
to shut out
the world
and its ugliness
The sadness
loss and agony
to which
I bear witness
the atrocities
of mankind
they cannot heal
So how can I?
With survivor’s guilt
I carry the anguish
of their ruined lives
Unable to save 
or protect them
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

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  14 comments for “First Responder

  1. Christine Bolton
    March 3, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Thank you dear Punam 🥰

  2. March 3, 2020 at 4:36 am

    Moving and full of compassion, Christine! 🙂💞

  3. March 2, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Love this! Especially the beginning.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 2, 2020 at 11:18 pm

      Thank you so much Robin 😊

  4. March 2, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    I can imagine many relating to this tragic poem, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 2, 2020 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you Sue. I wrote it with those in mind. It is a very real problem and I’m sure I did not do it justice with this poem

      • March 2, 2020 at 5:55 pm

        You have at least highlighted something many may not have considered.

      • Christine Bolton
        March 2, 2020 at 8:23 pm

        I hope so, thank you Sue

  5. March 2, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Very moving. Compassionately written.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 2, 2020 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you Brianna 💕

  6. March 2, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    Poignant and touching poetry.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 2, 2020 at 5:15 pm

      Thank you Sadje 🥰

      • March 2, 2020 at 5:23 pm

        A pleasure

  7. March 2, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Such compassion in this poem, I really enjoyed it.

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