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A Eulogy to the Optimism of Youth

March 25, 2015
By Yoela PLATINUM, Seattle, Washington
Yoela PLATINUM, Seattle, Washington
27 articles 0 photos 47 comments

Favorite Quote:
"My powers stretch over the horizon and work even when my eyes are closed"


It was pouring rain at the funeral
Seattle’s send off: a farewell of tears
I stood to eulogize the burial
Optimism of youth lost over years

“Once, it was rosy innocent,” I droned
“Now withered dry at life’s merciless hand.”
A child piped on her shining saxophone
The dreadful tune of hope’s bitter demand

I used to be her, that blind, hopeful girl
But life fights until it’s been defeated
Life traps you in its tornado’s black swirl
It chokes until what’s you has receded

Hence we mourn the optimism of youth
Butchered and broken and lost in the truth


The author's comments:

This was born from a challenge from a friend, and grew up into something beautiful.


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Yoela PLATINUM said...
on Mar. 27 2015 at 2:59 pm
Yoela PLATINUM, Seattle, Washington
27 articles 0 photos 47 comments

Favorite Quote:
"My powers stretch over the horizon and work even when my eyes are closed"

Thanks! I appreciate it!

on Mar. 26 2015 at 11:39 pm
Allen. PLATINUM, Palo Alto, California
32 articles 9 photos 525 comments

Favorite Quote:
[i]No matter how much people try to put you down or make you think other things about yourself, the only person you can trust about who you really are is you[/i] -Crusher-P

It's very rare that people rhyme this well. You've captured a lot of feeling in your words *tips hat in respect*

Beila BRONZE said...
on Mar. 26 2015 at 9:28 pm
Beila BRONZE, Palo Alto, California
3 articles 0 photos 519 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." -Mark Twain

This is so cool! You've completely captured the tone; it reminds me of Gus's funeral. :'( "The dreadful tune of hope's bitter demand" ... Is there anything left to say? ;) Adieu to the optimism of youth.


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