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Pass once by the wheel of fate
It spins, it turns to what end we dare not ­contemplate
The center unfolds, past futures revealed
A queen, a beggar, a soldier, a child exposed

Royalty, riches, an empire that kneels to needless whim
Power stemmed by responsibility as bright eyes dim
Forget mortality, memories dull
Gold turns to copper, silver to nickel, a beggar is reborn

Garbage king, coarse black hands in tattered clothes
Trenches drawn inch deep, leading trails down to sanguine toes
Forget troubles, expired bodies are not meant to keep
The slate is scraped clean until war calls

Tall sons stride to arms to war
Heaven's eye watches as crimson drips upon the northern star
Forget pain, sleep untroubled woes away
Lay forfeit lives which are henceforth ­commanded by glory and duty

We're six years young, old habits must be ­relearned
Arithmetic, writing, grades re-earned
Forget people, souls cycle but nothing stays the same
The mind is fresh and greedy but our souls have worn ancient in their shells

Mortality holds us hostage
Death nips the heels of life, forcing us captive in a pent-up cage
We stare into the wheel of fate, reincarnations born blind anew to each world we enter
A queen, a beggar, a soldier, a child and …

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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waving_or_drowning said...
Jul. 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm
I really really love this poem
 
killerd said...
Jun. 1, 2010 at 10:53 am
ha i like it
 
Boosflash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 1, 2010 at 10:43 am
I really like this. 5 stars captain.
 
inspired_542 said...
May 31, 2010 at 3:16 pm
i love it!! great job!! :)
 
insaneprincess said...
May 31, 2010 at 3:12 pm
I love this ! :D 
 
CassieSherman14 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 30, 2010 at 9:06 pm
good job! I remember reading this in teen ink magazine! Congratulations on getting it published in the magazine.
 
Fayrouz This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 30, 2010 at 12:58 am
amazing ending, it leaves you thinking and after all, the best writing is that that makes us think after we read it.
 
roseann This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 29, 2010 at 7:45 pm
this was very interesting
 
isela said...
May 29, 2010 at 2:28 am
i like it it has that pure natural beauty to it
 
Nikki_13 said...
May 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm
Beautiful...
 
XCLover said...
Dec. 16, 2009 at 11:27 pm
Wonderfully written, it is fascinating!
 
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