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I Am a Coward

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John Yaws
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0 posted 11-02-1999 10:37 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

I Am a Coward


The truth, the dreadful truth you see-
Is what we tell ourselves-
Destroying all our vanity-
To place it on a shelf.
To see ourselves, just as we are-
A gift? a curse? who knows?
Honesty with self goes far-
Like fragrance with a rose.
While one may never turn and run
Or decline from a fight-
True courage is to dare to do
The thing one knows is right.
To, self abase, if it will stand
Good in another's stead.
And letting others go before-
When we would get ahead.
I fear to face the man I shave
Facade and web of lies-
In truth I see a coward there
When looking in his eyes.
Afraid to fight? ah, foolish one-
I fear to walk away.
For fear that one will see the fact
I'm cursed with feet of clay.
Afraid to speak my piece, you think?
I bow my head and weep-
That I don't have the fortitude
At times my piece to keep!
While others think, that they perceive
Nobility and such-
I fear I see hypocrisy-
And fear it very much.
While others look, and they suppose
That I am quite the man-
I know that I've a failure been
Since first that I began.
A craven? Ah, the dreadful shame
Much rather one would die.
Of all the cowards I have known
The worst by far, is I.


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Denise
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1 posted 11-02-1999 10:44 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Anyone who can take such a deep honest look at the soul is no coward in my book. Maybe not quite perfect, but no coward. The coward is the one who is afraid to take the blinders off for fear of what they might see.
Excellent, excellent poem!!

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Denise

hoot_owl_rn
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2 posted 11-02-1999 10:54 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

I like the change in pace for you
Jennifer Marie O'Neil
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since 11-01-1999
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port charlotte fl/bklyn ny


3 posted 11-03-1999 03:49 AM       View Profile for Jennifer Marie O'Neil   Email Jennifer Marie O'Neil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jennifer Marie O'Neil

totally great poem
i often feel like a coward and a weak person myself while others perceive me to be strong - what a Brave topic for you to undertake and such and captivating poem !
Watcher666
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4 posted 11-03-1999 11:43 AM       View Profile for Watcher666   Email Watcher666   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Watcher666's Home Page   View IP for Watcher666

Excellent.Introspection is not for cowards!

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Illusion...what we see and what we do...it's all up to you.
Nan
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5 posted 11-03-1999 02:29 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

What a great introspective piece - I especially like "facing the man you shave" - awesome!
Iloveit
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6 posted 11-03-1999 03:07 PM       View Profile for Iloveit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Iloveit

WOW this is incredible, makes me want to breathe deep and read it again...great work

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