The Edge-Walkers MAG

By Jourdan U., Roslyn Heights, NY

     Mirror, mirror witnessing the fall,
What is the greatest rue of all?
With malice burning, so is Rome,
And you dance and stab at tomb and tome.
Regardless of their noble state,
You are the downfall and the fate.
Is learning for learning’s sake a waste of time?
Do you find emptiness in prose and rhyme?
Well, stand in the breach and take in the view,
The prophecy has been snuffed out of you.
Your idols, insensitive, extrinsic, so bare,
Take a turn toward compassion, foment change, you’ll get there.
Stabbing at one whose insights you fear,
Trying to denigrate a life and career.
There are no races you can run; there is no way for you to hide,
We know who you are, you’re so oblique; do you think we’d take it and step aside?
You bear the mark and the world will always know
The smallness of the shadow you will ultimately throw.
So turn within if you must understand
What makes one a fool and makes another a man.
When you bang on the keys, it’s not art that you make
And jealousy doesn’t entitle you to burn gifts at the stake.
Inexorable certainty of your quaestorship
Does not give you the right to be artistically flip.
On the tombstone of minds that tried another path
It reads: Here lie the edge-walkers who made beauty on your behalf.

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i love this so much!

on Jan. 12 2013 at 1:30 pm
WaffleOcean2934 PLATINUM, Rogers, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams-Eleanor Roosevelt

I really like this poem.  It has such a great flow and the words are so creative.  Nice work on it!  :)

on Feb. 17 2012 at 3:25 pm
Shahiro PLATINUM, Johnston, Iowa
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Favorite Quote:
"Soon we must all choose between what is right and what is easy." - Dumbledore (Goblet of Fire)

This is amazing! i love how well it flows!! PS. please read my work, rate it, and comment!!

on Mar. 31 2011 at 7:35 pm
XandraAle BRONZE, Cheesequake, Delaware
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Favorite Quote:
I beseech you, punish me not with your hard
thoughts; wherein I confess me much guilty, to deny
so fair and excellent ladies any thing. But let
your fair eyes and gentle wishes go with me to my
trial: wherein if I be foiled, there is but one
shamed that was never gracious; if killed, but one
dead that was willing to be so: I shall do my
friends no wrong, for I have none to lament me, the
world no injury, for in it I have nothing; only in
the world I fill up a place, which may be better
supplied when I have made it empty.

Loved it! It flows so well. Very good job!

on Jan. 4 2010 at 5:40 pm
The_Number_Five GOLD, Manassas, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
-- Dr. Seuss

WOW! This poem is great! It has a great rhythm, tone, and is very creative! I wish I could write like this! Do you think you could comment on some of my poems? Thanks! :)

on Sep. 13 2009 at 12:32 pm
shivasfire PLATINUM, Ashland, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
"I will never let schooling interfere with my education." (-forgot who it's by though)
also "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace."-Jimi Hendrix

for some reason this poem makes me sad but hopeful. i don't even really know why, but i do know that it is beautifully written. good job!

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