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Shadows on the Page ... A Poem

I began to write this poem while listening to a song Tina Turner performed from "Thunderdome." I'm hardly a doomsday poet, but there are times when I worry about where mankind is headed. My message to our politicians of today is that we don't need another "hero"... we need each other, our sense of community restored, and a better understanding of the reality of the world.


Shadows on the Page

Do you hear it?


It's heart, murmuring,

Beating, fleeting


Surrounding, bounding

It whispers...

We are the last of our kind.

It tells of the before,

The beyond we never see.

Our thirst, quickening,

The whisper fades.

We are creatures of the millennial desert --

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Walkers of the sand

Questing, unresting.

As words wither in the raggage

The eye of the sun unblinding warns

Of our stories in time,

Long forsaken.


We are never turning, learning

What is left behind,

Becoming shadows on the page.

"We Don't Need Another Hero": Music Video of Tina Turner as Aunty Entity in "Thunderdome."

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Poetry written and copyrighted by Genna Eastman (Gena East) 2016


Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on October 17, 2020:

Thank you, Brenda, for the visit and kind words. This was not an easy poem to write. I didn't realize when I wrote this, that some day I would write a comment in response that included the words many are saying these days: "Stay safe." I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 15, 2020:

I enjoy your writing.

I love the way you use your words...never learning, becoming shadows on the page.

Thanks for sharing your work.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on April 06, 2020:

Hi Ruby. :-) I know exactly what you mean, my friend. I credit this poem to Tina and song writers, Terry Britten and Graham Lyle.

"Can't make the same mistake this time..."

Yet they do...over and over again.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on April 06, 2020:

Hi Mark. Many thanks for the visit and comment. I worry in that we have been heading in the wrong direction...especially now.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 05, 2020:

I came to read again. This is beautiful and current more so today. I do love that song so much.

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on April 05, 2020:

My thoughts about politicians exactly, Genna.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on November 17, 2018:

Hello Audrey. Many thanks for those lovely and thoughtful words.

I grew up on the Kittatinny Mountain range in NJ...the outdoors was a part of my life that I loved. My father was a research biologist, who taught graduate students at Rutgers University. Over the decades, he, along with his colleagues, tried to warn others of the dangers of climate change and depletion of natural resources.

I've watched everything they said come to pass -- slowly, but unmistakably. Dad not only loved the environment, he understood it. He once said to me, "They won't do anything about it until it's too late. You won't be faced with what is coming, but your children and your grandchildren will." It broke his heart.

Hugs, dear Audrey, and best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on November 16, 2018:

"We are the last of our kind..." This is a phrase I repeat to myself often. I suppose it's a sign of the times we now live in. I love your brilliant "Becoming shadows on the page." Your creativity flows like a river with an intense desire to pursue change and I'm riding the very same current.

I often hike the beautiful forest where I live searching for answers to things I don't understand. I cry about what the future may hold for my grandchildren.

Magnificent, my dear friend! Thank you and wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 03, 2017:

Thank you, Frank. This was not an easy one to write.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on December 02, 2017:

Love the poem Genna East.. Loved it

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 23, 2017: are such a gem! Thank you. :-)

Suzie from Carson City on January 21, 2017:

Genna...sometimes we find what we're looking for.....sometimes not. Sometimes we find more than we're looking for. Pot Luck, girlfriend. My motto: If you're handing out compliments, I'm accepting them!! :)

The older I get, I'm learning to beg for them.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 21, 2017:

fpherj48: Hi Paula. I wasn't aiming for profound...I would have settled for, "Not bad." :-) So I am humbly grateful for your kind and generous comment. Thank you so much. Wishing you peace as well.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 21, 2017:

AlwaysExploring: Hi Ruby. Thank you for that kind comment. I still have much work to do on my craft. If it hadn't been for supportive, special friends like you, I think I would have given up to the demands of time/life quite awhile ago. Hugs.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 21, 2017:

Peggy W: So true, Peggy. We have to make a greater effort to understand the reality of the world -- together -- and our need for each other which too many of our politicians don't want to acknowledge through their constant "us versus them" rhetoric. The strides we made recently concerning combating climate change is in jeopardy with this nonsensical "climate change is a hoax" gibberish. This only inflames the ignorance/character crisis we now find ourselves in.

Suzie from Carson City on January 19, 2017:

Genna....How profound! All that I would want to say about this piece of work, has been said by all our brilliant fellow-writers above. This makes it easy~~I'll just say, "Ditto."........Peace, Paula

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 19, 2017:

Genna, I came to read again, your words are hauntingly true. You are so good at putting words together. I wish you would write more...

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 19, 2017:

What we need are politicians who think of the greater good and not just partisan politics. Just think what could be accomplished! We also need a more peaceful world. It seems so easy to wish and express and yet very far from reality in the world of today. That is sad.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 06, 2017:

Hi Shyron. This poem came tumbling out of while listening to Tina's song. It was bottled up inside, somehow. I don't think I've ever written poetry this quickly. It was something I just had to say. Thank you for that lovely comment. I'm grateful for your visit and encouragement.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 05, 2017:

I love this thought provoking piece.

Hauntingly beautiful!

Happy New Year

Blessings my friend

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 02, 2017:

Thank you, Martie.

Happy New Year. I envy those warm temps you are experiencing in your summer months. Enjoy. :-)

Martie Coetser from South Africa on January 01, 2017:

I can so relate! I love your choice of words!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 01, 2017:

Thanks for the visit, Nell. I sometimes hear people say that the world has always been crazy. Well, not as dangerously crazy as it is now...and we seem to keep walking toward the abyss in a straight line. Happy New Year, Nell. :-)

Nell Rose from England on December 31, 2016:

Beautiful! and so very true! your message should be told out there yelled at the top of our voices! the world has gone mad! have a Happy New Year!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 27, 2016:

@Vellur: Thank you, Nithya, for the visit and comment. I try to write from the heart; sometimes it doesn't have a happy ending, but more of a warning to help us think about who we are and where we are headed.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 27, 2016:

@Bravewarrior I'm so sorry I'm late, Shauna, but was away for the holidays. I hope you had a beautiful Christmas, my friend. And thank you for that lovely, perceptive comment.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 20, 2016:

A beautiful poem with a great message.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on December 20, 2016:

Genna, this poem is a beautiful portrayal of the path the world seems to be traveling, whether forced or chosen. It's time for a change.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 17, 2016:

Gypsy: I hear people say at times, "We won't do anything about it until it's too late." I hope they are wrong. Thanks for the comment. Have a good weekend. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 17, 2016:

Flourish: Thank you. I wonder the same thing, my friend.

Randslam: Your simile was perfect. :-)

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on December 17, 2016:

An awesome poetic message. The world must wake up and soon.

Rand Zacharias from Vernon, British Columbia on December 15, 2016:

How did we get here? And some of us didn' closest died in March...and yet we are still here and seemingly, trying to kill the whole planet, with elections like Drumphf--we might not have much time--he'll bomb the shit outta everyone...or so he claims. Damn, no time for poetry, maybe we need simile? :)

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 15, 2016:

Excellent and foreboding, given all the things that are going on in the world. How did we get here? Your words are perfect and the selection of that song as well.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 15, 2016:

Jodah: Hello, John. Thank you. The whisper represents our conscience and awareness. The sun does not blind but illuminates that which we refuse to see and learn. And I wanted to use words ending with -ing to denote the always present in time. Tina is terrific in performing this iconic song -- isn't she?

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 15, 2016:

Aliciac: Hello Alicia. I don't know the answers -- aside from the fact that it is not in the saying but the doing that is most important. As Billybuc commented above, "pull our heads out of our ..." Thank you for that thoughtful comment.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 15, 2016:

Marcoujor: Hi Maria: I can't help but wonder if we will become those shadows on the page. Is this our legacy? I hope not. Thanks for the visit and comments. :-)

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on December 15, 2016:

Genna, this is a thought provoking and well written piece of poetry. What a wonderful song and singer to have inspired it. Well done.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 14, 2016:

This is a dramatic poem, Genna. It's also a powerful warning about our future. Thank you for sharing it.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on December 14, 2016:

A haunting and thought provoking piece ... Tina's song is the perfect accompaniment.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 14, 2016:

Billybuc: I don't know which it is either, but it's great either way. Thank you, my friend. :-)

Mcbirdbks: Hello Mike. You always leave gracious comments, written with a lot of thought and originality that make my day. Thank you!

Diogenes: Thanks, Bob. I've read the very same predictions.

Tina was my idol for years, and still is. She was in her mid-40's in the above video; she's now pushing 80...and still beautiful. We can only hope to be half as lucky when we reach her age.

AlwaysExploring: Hi Ruby. Thank you. I've always loved Tina. If you were lucky enough to see her in concert, she connected with her audiences in a way that was remarkable: Inexhaustible energy, each stylistic movement was eclectic, electric and contagious. She didn't need the gimmickry of light show videos in the background or the need to reinvent herself all of the time. You had the gift of Tina Turner...and that was more than enough.

I agree. When we will ever learn from our mistakes, our disregard for the past as a teacher for our future...

I haven't read Chris' new hub yet, but plan to very soon.

Randslam: What a great play on some very famous words. Thanks for the visit and comment. :-)

Rand Zacharias from Vernon, British Columbia on December 14, 2016:

Wonderfully written...great stuff. And for whom doth the bell toll? It tolls for we.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 14, 2016:

Like everyone else, this is dark but timely. Shadows are lurking, and all we can do is watch and wait, praying that the light will remind people of the past when we blindly played follow the leader. Genna I'm not sure if you follow Chris Mills, he has a piece today that will open the eye's of the blind. I love Tina. Thank you.

diogenes from UK and Mexico on December 14, 2016:

Thought-provoking, enjoyable read. Most scientists seem to think we have about 100 years left. Love Tina: still scrubs up well, don't she?

Bob x

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 14, 2016:

Even when you write something a bit darker, your words seem so well chosen. You balance your work and that leaves such an impact.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 14, 2016:

Beautifully dark...or darkly beautiful. I'm not sure which it is, but the message is powerful and unmistakable. We need to collectively pull out heads out of our.....

Blessings always, my friend.

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