For The Lives Lost In Pursuit. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

June 28, 2008
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For The Lives Lost In Pursuit
I was born with silver-coated skin
gold coins pressed against my tongue,
blanketed in cottonwood fleece,
my initials hand-stitched
in every corner.
I had nothing to fend for –
not a life to lose for anything but myself.

My forefathers told the history books of
the parallels they crossed …
the lines they drew in separation
The waves which they sailed – waters crossed, boots laced.
Later, of the country they claimed –
crossed on foot and horseback
I cannot say I have
lived these things …
only depictions of battle in painting
whistles of anthem out of tune

Once, I ran my fingers across
my grandfather’s shelves
his weapons rested there, William
tattooed in ink across his arm.
I cannot imagine this because
I do not want to.
a time when war was everywhere …
beneath water and air
Carving death through epitaph stone
digging graves of fathers and sons
pouring their souls into holy water
We baptized a nation in blood
liberty draped a rosary through borders and monuments with
courageous intent

I pray for everything I have;
Everything given to me without
The loss of anything I own.
I pray for the rest of souls beneath my feet
Every advantage I have and did nothing to deserve …
I can assure you above all
there is no place in the world comparable
to this.

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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Iamwhoiam16 said...
Apr. 3, 2015 at 2:40 am
I love this poem. Beautifully written! It is amazing! :) Please take and rate my poetry,I will appreciate it.
bEllAhOPe said...
Aug. 3, 2011 at 9:59 pm
Bitter. Cruel. An interesting piece. I enjoy the passion in which it is written. Nice work.
BitterSweet1993 said...
Mar. 18, 2011 at 8:02 am
This was jaw-dropping, goosebump giving amazement. Incredible!!
black-sapphire said...
Dec. 27, 2010 at 11:20 pm not used to reading about how people are greatful for what they have..nice job..
Hoping4never said...
Aug. 4, 2010 at 8:33 pm
If I am understanding your writing correctly, I really admire how you can write so deeply with such little pain in your life.
Izzy=) said...
Apr. 26, 2010 at 9:31 pm
u did an awesome job=]
Barokien This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm
I like the idea of how modern society is peaceful and safe compared to the war of earlier days. I especially love the baptism metaphor. =)
alisonfaye said...
Oct. 5, 2009 at 3:11 pm
AMEN, i can see this as a poem of almost greif, showing you know the history and your wouldnt do anything to change it, GREAT job, keep writing
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