“The End of Innocence”

“The End of Innocence”


In Dealey Plaza, hear the Navy mourn:

the choir sings at that appointed hour.

In beauty of his flower, man is born

with glory in his bosom set afire.

And so the madness of one man betrays

our longing to transform and make men free.

Then, brief bystanders turn their face away:

the people shake their heads for they foresee

ripped from our youthful hearts, all trust is torn.

Two priests will witness Kennedy expire

and all the love and all the hate thus borne

cannot forget the Camelot held prior.

One man; one bullet in a Dallas square

may change forever willingness to dare.


(written on the 50th Anniversary of Kennedy Assassination

22 November, 1963, at 1:00 PM CST)

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One Comment on ““The End of Innocence””

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    November 23, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Very well written. And such an appropriate poem for today. I’m too young to remember … But I do recall when our prime minister was shot. So unreal.


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