Failing Fate

December 30, 2008
By Erin Mays, West Chester, OH

Fate likes to laugh
Its sound like a rumble
Each short rasp
Causes lives to tumble

Things begin to end
From start to fall
One long tale
Tells us all

It’s not what we do
It’s not what we try
It’s how we feel
Its how we fly

Fate likes to try us
It likes to make us think
It likes to see us soar
Instead of sink

We fail not because we try
We fail because we give up much too soon
We fly because we want to
We shoot for the stars and land on the moon

Our attempts make us strong
Our failures make us weary
Love makes us soar
Sadness makes us teary

Fate likes to laugh
Its life so hollow
Because we choose to soar
Instead of wallow

It’s what fate wants
It likes to be alone
For if it’s lonely
We all have flown

The author's comments:
This poem is more about accepting yourself for you and not letting pre-determined circumstances define you and your life. I feel that it is time for everyone to take a risk and try to fly. Don't let other people define your life.

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smile11 said...
on Apr. 12 2011 at 10:54 am
wow. simple but with meaning to it.

kms777 GOLD said...
on Jun. 8 2010 at 6:26 pm
kms777 GOLD, Winn, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"learn from your mistakes but regret not a thing"

so complex yet so simple. and it really pulls you in. it makes you think. and makes you wanna hear more. i hope you'll read mine and tell me what i need to work on so i can make my work as breathtaking as yours.

alykif said...
on Mar. 12 2010 at 10:19 pm
i really like this one. it's simple; easy to read, but there is a lot to take in and it is quite pretty. good job! :)

on Apr. 16 2009 at 4:14 am
jennnnnnn BRONZE, Irvine, California
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so simple yet so deep.

this is great work keep it up! (:

EdytD SILVER said...
on Apr. 8 2009 at 1:20 am
EdytD SILVER, Livingston, New Jersey
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its quite interesting... i've never really thought about being alone as a good thing. i love the message - just to let go and fly. my poem's quite the opposite: it's about someone who is crying, alone, and staring out at the world. this is the url if you'd like to see it: TeenInk.com/raw/Poetry/article/91407/A-Lonely-Rain/. thanks, and great poem! :D

on Apr. 2 2009 at 6:41 am
xXxFallingTearsxXx GOLD, Cottonwood, Idaho
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i am speechless. that poem was very insperational and i loved it. thank you so much for writing this wonderful poem! keep up the good work!

on Mar. 25 2009 at 2:59 am
GreyEyesBlueHair GOLD, Jacksonville, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself." Henry Miller

I love your poem! You put a positive spin on fate where most would not. It's inspirational and you know what, it made me think about some things. :) Great job and keep writing!

TayMar GOLD said...
on Mar. 20 2009 at 2:06 pm
TayMar GOLD, Copley, Ohio
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so good! great job!


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