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Life's Epic Battle (Posted here by request)

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Michael
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0 posted 09-22-1999 11:15 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Michael

LIFE'S EPIC BATTLE
(For Anyone Who Has Ever Suffered Depression)

With crystal clear alacrity,
I wake to the onrush of self pity.
Gathering gumption, I stand to fight,
All the strength of a porcelain knight.

Grasping the lance of frail truth,
Fragmented dreams of distraught youth.
Donning the shield of denial,
A helmet with a painted smile.

Bearing, proud, the breastplate of shame.
I willfully mount the steed, untame;
Holding high, for all to see, the crest
Of broken dreams clung to in jest.

Gallantly, I charge into the joust
On hope, so easy and often doused;
Braving the onslaught of sorrow,
Prestigiously gaining tomorrow.

Carrying home a prize that none would share,
Over the battlefields of despair.
To celebrate, alone, in toast and feast
(If but for today), a conquered beast.


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Michael Anderson


And so, being young and dipt in folly
I fell in love with melancholy,
But dreams - of those who dream as I,
Aspiringly, are damned, and die:


EAP

© Copyright 1999 Michael Anderson - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 09-22-1999 11:24 PM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Righteously worded and wondrously wise, my friend. Perhaps those reading it will get a taste of our daily battle with this beast.

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Now and forever my heart hears ~one voice~.
DreamEvilŠ

hoot_owl_rn
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2 posted 09-22-1999 11:37 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Wow....I am speachless

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Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints in our heart and we are never ever the same.

Thank you all for leaving footprints!!
Christopher
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3 posted 09-22-1999 11:51 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

I too am well aquainted with the beast of which you speak, I wish to thank you Michael for expressing so well the feelings of a saddened soul.
Every feeling in entirety, I have felt.
Michael, you have just drawn a picture from my soul.
WhtDove
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4 posted 09-23-1999 09:37 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Michael you described it well. "All the strength of a porcelain knight" Describes all too well how we feel! So fragile! I am glad you reposted this. I didn't see it the first time!
Michael
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5 posted 09-23-1999 04:06 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

hoot_owl, thank you, I'm glad you liked the poem.

Dream, Christopher, & WhtDove, I know and understand your daily pains. You have all helped me in my battle, I hope in some way I have helped yours.

Michael
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6 posted 09-23-1999 07:02 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Never personally have I had to battle this beast but your words were powerful and true to this untested one. Excellent writing! Very stong imagery! Top Shelf Material. Thank you very much for sharing.
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7 posted 09-23-1999 07:19 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Thank you for this poem Michael. I, too, have suffered this plague...it has now returned with a vengeance, after nearly twenty years of thinking myself free from it. I will cling to these lines of your compassionate and understanding poem.

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The only man worth your tears will never make you cry...
 
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