Like I Have Done My Whole Life

March 31, 2012
By snowleopard100 PLATINUM, New York City, New York
snowleopard100 PLATINUM, New York City, New York
33 articles 1 photo 80 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, but I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."


He emerges as a colorless dot amongst
The orange leaves and decaying fruit.
The closer he becomes, the more vivid
His heart of purple and hat of steel.
But, I just stand, waiting,
Like I have done my whole life.
My hair, violently blowing in the sea breeze
And my skin glistening in the sun’s rays
Remind him of my splendor.
And his face, now visible,
Is no longer insipid like it once was,
But rather, has become that of crimson.
His father says it resembles a wingless cardinal
Or a speechless parakeet,
But, I just remain unspoken,
Like I have I done my whole life.
His muddied boots and resilient expression begin to rust
As the snow gently falls upon his shivering back.
My legs too quiver in the cold,
As do my hoarfrost hands.
But I just remain fervent,
Like I have done my whole life.
The evergreens become bare
And so does his pride
As God becomes conscious of the white stars
Protruding from a blue plaque
That has been forever, carved into his soul.
He falls to his knees and crawls towards me,
Already apologizing for his valor.
Yet I turn away,
Feigning disgust.
The budding trees and flourishing lilacs form
A perfect backdrop for his presence
As I wait contently,
Like I have done my whole life.
The metal stick he grasps so tightly, bellows,
Causing all the birds to leave their nests and all the deer
To disappear.
Yet, he remains indifferent,
Nature being the least of his worries.
My face begins to burn in the sun’s eloquent rays, and I watch
As his bare head slowly chars from anguish.
He cries,
In dire need of love, he cries,
And I respond with a holler,
Only to be heard by God himself.
I hold my hand out waiting,
Like I have done my whole life.
He too stands with his arm outstretched,
And finally,
After an eternity,
Our hands touch.
I try to seize them, but he tears them away.
I fall to the ground, the rain of the angels decanting
From my eyes
As I plead him to stay.
Nevertheless, he turns his apathetic eyes
And once again, travels through
The changing seasons.
I watch, as he becomes nothing more than a colorless dot,
But I just stand there, waiting,
Like I have done my whole life.


The author's comments:
I was inspired to write this piece by a soldier who I saw reuniting with his family at an airport.

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on May. 25 2012 at 3:59 pm
Kiki_McGee GOLD, Woodstock, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul - and sings the tunes without the words - and never stops at all." - Emily Dickinson

Oh...

I love this (seriously, I even "favorited" it)!

though I have never been through what your poem describes, it is so well written that  I feel as if I had. Awesome job! 


on Apr. 14 2012 at 12:27 pm
bearsfan654 SILVER, Elmhurst, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"Feb 20, 1962, The USA launches John Glenn into Earth orbit. Something America could do fifty years ago.... but not today." - Neil deGrasse Tyson

This is a great poem! I love how descriptive it is and your inspiration for writing the poem!

on Apr. 13 2012 at 11:12 am
SuNshiNe007 ELITE, Magee Ms., Mississippi
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Favorite Quote:
Never Give Up, And Know That God Will Always Love You!

Your very welcome!:)

on Apr. 13 2012 at 8:56 am
snowleopard100 PLATINUM, New York City, New York
33 articles 1 photo 80 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, but I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."

thanks so much!!!!

on Apr. 13 2012 at 8:50 am
SuNshiNe007 ELITE, Magee Ms., Mississippi
120 articles 0 photos 348 comments

Favorite Quote:
Never Give Up, And Know That God Will Always Love You!

I have to agree with Josika.Nav:) Wow..Great job! Hope you have a great day, and keep it up!!

butterfly123 said...
on Apr. 12 2012 at 3:10 am
butterfly123, Banglore, Other
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hey! beautiful poem! i love your style of writing. it is amazingly descriptive. great work and keep writing :)




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