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Weekend Writing Prompt #235: Death by concert

I rarely decide on a new challenge since my blogging days are really full as it is, but Nope, Not Pam (last week) and Sunra Rainz prompted me to have a try at a new prompt. Each week writer Sammi Cox proposes the word and the length and off we go. This week it’s mirror in 95 words.

wk 235 mirror

Death by concert

We have come a long way.
Woodstock was huger than huge. 
There people stormed in for free too. 
Did someone die? 
I think someone was born.

A mirror to society:
“People are dying. Stop the concert.”

They say he signed a contract
for an exclusive documentary 
after the fact.

An early comment to the tweet 
which informs me of the concert deaths
“Everything was laced with Fentanyl.”
No need for that.
A concert can kill you just like that.
By reckless organisers.
Incompetent security.
Or just plain
peer pressure.

Ask Pearl Jam.

(Dedicated to all the dead and injured at the Astroworld festival crush. It should have never happened.)

For me, concerts and live music are of major importance. I have heard Pearl Jam play ten times (for example, here is the full show from Hyde Park 2010), Therapy? maybe not quite as often, and attended numerous other big and small gigs. Since the pandemic started, I’ve only been to two small outdoor shows. I can no longer see myself in the crowd.

I rarely take photos during a show since I prefer to enjoy it (and don’t pack my camera), but if it’s an outdoor, free event I might. Or only crappy but beloved phone photos remain of the day. Here are some from the last decade. The last photo was not taken by me or in my company. I wish.

For Sammi Cox and Weekend Writing Prompt #235 – Mirror

This day in my blogging history


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

22 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt #235: Death by concert

  1. Crowds of that size under those conditions are really uncontrollable. They are there looking for frenzy, and being egged on to it. And as you note, the current drugs of choice only add to the danger. But this tragedy, from start to finish, was particularly predictable, and those performing and in charge of what they called security have taken no responsibility at all. I keep hearing that father say “That’s my boy…I’m not ready to lose my boy”. (K)

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    1. Yes, K., it’s maddening and devastating. 😦 I don’t wish to read too much about the matter because I suffer along, so I don’t know who exactly is to blame, but just the info that the audience breached into the space for photographers tells me all. They had nothing under control. Thank you.

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      1. Oh dear I saw Janis when she was still with Big Brother and the Holding Company. I can remember the day Jimi left us. I was driving to university and had to pull my car over as it really upset me . I saw Jim in San Francisco at the Filmore West .Such a fabulous band they were.

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      1. It takes time I’ve found. I go looking for bloggers, some don’t and WordPress doesn’t make it easy to comment on people you’re not following 😒

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    1. Haha, Bushboy, you’re naughty! I was super happy just to be there. Also, this is a HUGE stadium. I was glad to be sitting for a change, it was my first time. Also, I had a great rail just in front of me so that I could also stand holding the rail and slam my heart out when the moment grabbed me. Perks of getting older! 😀


  2. Great poem, the title is so fitting. That’s the one that was on the news recently, wasn’t it? Shocking and awful. No it absolutely should never have happened. Performers have a responsibility to stop the show immediately if anyone is in danger like that, always. A lot of them often do.

    On another note, my goodness, you’re a serious Pearl Jam fan! 😀 I do love Vedder’s voice, and was listening to them the other day. Your photos make me long to go to a gig, it’s been so long. Hopefully, soon (I have personal commitments at the mo. It’s hard to explain things on a public comment).

    I’m glad you share. You make me want to share more. I love the cloud photo 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Sunra Nina! Ah, it’s lovely how you end this comment. I make you want to share more! Such a horrible event, this. And yes, I’m a devoted fan of him and amore is just one day older (same year and all), so I took the second best. 😀 I hope there are more concerts in our future. (Did you get my email? I used the contact form on your blog.)

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  3. A lovely and sad post, Manja. This has shaken us all I think. Where did they go, all those beautiful moments from years gone by? You are so good at capturing the feeling in the moment…thank you for the great gallery and fitting poem.

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