Roads and Riverblood

August 26, 2011
By eyeswideopen BRONZE, Oxnard, California
eyeswideopen BRONZE, Oxnard, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Promise me you'll always remember you're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
"It does not matter how long it takes, just so long as you do not stop."


The best laid plans of mice and men Always fall astray.
Everyone wants streets of gold, but Nothing gold can stay.

This road I try to pave- I know not Where it leads
For a while I carve it straight,
But then a river intercedes.

The river flows around the bend and Down the babbling brook
I follow the water down to try and Take a look,
But then I tumble upon rocks and Lacerate my knees
They dip into the water, and then My river bleeds.

Limping down the river bend my Journey seems but lost,
My road has been abandoned and my Stomach's all in knots.
I labor and I wander on,
For about a mile
Then the sun creeps out
Across my little Nile

It shows the road I made,
Unfinished though it be
And I see that going straight, Would've plunged me to the sea.

I rest by the river mouth, and Though my body's sore,
My bloodied river has taken me
Somewhere better than before.


The author's comments:
I wrote this poem the summer after graduating high school wondering where I was going in life and what was to come of me. I remembered reading Of Mice and Men thinking of how their plans were changed by circumstances beyond their control. I then remembered Robert Frost's poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay," and thought about how everything-even good things-come to pass. Thus these two works are referenced in the first stanza. This poem was about veering off carefully constructed path and realizing that even though misfortune may come upon us, perhaps there is a bigger reason these things happen to us all.

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on Sep. 1 2011 at 1:21 pm
eyeswideopen BRONZE, Oxnard, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Promise me you'll always remember you're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
"It does not matter how long it takes, just so long as you do not stop."

I don't know why guys but the stanzas messed up. This is my first post on this site so maybe I made a mistake. Anyway that is why there are random capitalizations in the middle of the line. It was supposed to be a new line and I apologize to the readers. Just know that the capitalizations are supposed to go on the next line. :)




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