Silent Observer

December 1, 2009
By artlove BRONZE, Cartersville, Georgia
artlove BRONZE, Cartersville, Georgia
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Tentatively, a child emerges from his Mother’s
Sage skirts,
The playground awaits,
Giddy with glee and wonder
He stumbles toward the
Adventurous caper,
Here stands the sandbox,
There the swings
Side by side with the towering slide,
Sunlit blonde hair flapping behind, dimples defined
He joins the mirthful children with a wide smile,
All the while regarded by a lone stranger in black,
Playing and laughing
He scampers toward the slide
Eagerly climbing he finds
The height is too much for his stride
Stricken with qualm
And trembling, he ascends with careful footing,
On top he sits
Still with sickening unease
But relieved with a proud grin,
He spins to the ground with
A gentle glide
Noticing wisely the evening’s approach
And playtime coming close to an end,
His beam fading
To contentment,
He saunters to the
Silent Observer,
He graces her pale cheek with a kiss,
And embracing his minuscule hand in hers,
She leads him away,
Wonderingly unaware, but tranquil.

The author's comments:
This is a very symbolic piece. Analyzed deeper than its literal meaning, you can tell that it's about death, the "silent observer" in black. This poem follows the main characteristics of Romanticism prose. Also there is figurative language such as alliterations, simile, and metaphors. Every line and most every word was chosen specifically and some deliberately have double meanings which fit with both the literal and symbolic meanings. Thank you, and I hope you enjoy my poem.

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