The 22nd of November

The 22nd of November

A Poem by Rebecca Buller
"

If anyone is crazy enough to want to kill a president of the United States, he can do it. All he must be prepared to do is give his life for the president's. - JFK

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Dallas Love Field-Air Force One touches down at 11:40 a.m.

Political tensions high as President and First Lady bestow smiles

to smilin’ Texans beneath a sky painted blue

An elderly lady’s outstretched hand

A little girl lifted high on her daddy’s shoulders

 

His rifle his only friend

Somewhere a lonely, angry man drifts deeper into madness

 

Placards proclaim “Dallas Welcomes Kennedy”

Jacqueline, in pink Chanel, holds a bouquet of crimson roses

In her white-gloved hands

A smile exchanged between husband and wife

A gentle wave to the adoring crowd as the motorcade pulls out

 

His rifle his only friend

Somewhere a lonely, angry man drifts deeper into madness

 

Elm Street

Gunshots

Chaos all around

A blood-stained pink suit

Parkland Memorial Hospital

Doctors work frantically

One pm, Central Standard Time

A man passes from this life to the next

 

Spent shell casings on a dusty floor

His rifle his only friend

Now left deserted and forsaken

 

And somewhere a lonely, angry man drifts deeper into madness

© 2013 Rebecca Buller


Author's Note

Rebecca Buller
"Well, Mr. President, you can't say that Dallas doesn't love you." - Nellie Connally, First Lady of Texas, to President John Kennedy seconds before he was assassinated.

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I had to stop watching that scene whenever it shows up somewhere. I watched it a couple of times when I was younger for curiosity's sake, but watching someone get killed so graphically with a camera rolling tends to put a damper on one's day. I like the dynamic of this piece...it's like a newsreel morphing into poetry, that morphs into a character study of sorts. I like the way you've explored the psyche of the shooter (Oswald I guess?) in the context of the scene that is so bluntly presented. Well done my friend :)

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Rebecca Buller

6 Years Ago

Thank you so much for the review! I love history, so to write this was both enjoyable and heartbreak.. read more



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This brings back so many memories, Rebecca. You have written a very moving poem and I thank you for it. Who knows where our country would now be if that angry, madman had not killed Jack Kennedy.

Posted 6 Years Ago


Rebecca Buller

6 Years Ago

Thank you for the review! I actually wrote this after watching the film "Parkland." The chaos of tha.. read more
This is something that I've seen several times...I've seen the autopsy photographs and the reinactments...it's become too much for me to take, really, and now I just can't bear to watch it anymore. For me, this one spoke in images of the mind. We see a different angle, so to speak, and this entire thing was all about the angles from the very beginning. Strong writing...visceral, visual and emotional.

Posted 6 Years Ago


Rebecca Buller

6 Years Ago

Thank you for the review, GF! And I agree that it's so heartbreaking to watch. Recently I watched th.. read more
Such a chilling character study. The repetition of the line "his rifle his only friend" gave me chills. You are very talented and this is an amazing poem!

:) Julie

Posted 6 Years Ago


Rebecca Buller

6 Years Ago

Thank you for the review, Julie:-) I'm glad you enjoyed it.
I had to stop watching that scene whenever it shows up somewhere. I watched it a couple of times when I was younger for curiosity's sake, but watching someone get killed so graphically with a camera rolling tends to put a damper on one's day. I like the dynamic of this piece...it's like a newsreel morphing into poetry, that morphs into a character study of sorts. I like the way you've explored the psyche of the shooter (Oswald I guess?) in the context of the scene that is so bluntly presented. Well done my friend :)

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Rebecca Buller

6 Years Ago

Thank you so much for the review! I love history, so to write this was both enjoyable and heartbreak.. read more

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Goltry, OK



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My name is Rebecca Buller and I work for an insurance company in northwest Oklahoma. For me, writing is more than a simple hobby or an escape from the chaos of life. It allows me to dwell within a wor.. more..

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