September 28, 2006




we are stunned by its sudden arrival

at one moment, plans are laid for tomorrow

at the next, tomorrow never comes

we are astounded by the end

shocked by so great a change

to our common joy

so abruptly

so vast an emptiness

that of infinite value has gone

its worthless husk our sole handle

by which to grasp the enormity of what has happened


what will happen



On hearing on 680 News a recording

of an ambush in the Middle East. One

moment he was alive and calmly asking

for help, the next moment he wasnt.


I think that one of the reasons why we

are so stunned by anothers death, apart

from the immense loss we have suffered,

is our knowledge that our own death is



A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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