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Life's Epic Battle (Favorite Poem Challenge)

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Michael
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0 posted 06-05-2000 01:59 AM       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


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.

Michael R. Anderson


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Yet if Hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.


EAP
© Copyright 2000 Michael Anderson - All Rights Reserved
Janet Marie
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1 posted 06-05-2000 02:23 AM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

Hey M-gator  
I was so hoping you would post your pick for this...
I was very curious to see which one you would choose,
and I was wondering how you could ever pick from such a treasure chest of words...
but I see so much of you in this...
and I dont think I've seen it before so its a double treat.
thank you for sharing it with us for the challenge...
take care my poetic friend, jm

 I think I could need - this in my life
I think I'm just scared - that I know too much
I can't relate and that's a problem
I'm feeling ...
If you're gone - maybe it's time to go home
There's an awful lot of breathing room
But I can hardly move
If you're gone - baby you need to come home
cuz there's a little bit of something me...
In everything in you.
~MB20~

"What the caterpillar calls the end ...
The world calls a butterfly"
~Lao Tze Tao~
~Butterflies are meant to be free~

Butterflies_dont_cry
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2 posted 06-05-2000 06:28 AM       View Profile for Butterflies_dont_cry   Email Butterflies_dont_cry   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Butterflies_dont_cry

I'm not sure how you could pick...I know with amazing works like yours I never could, but this............ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhmazing!!
Kit McCallum
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3 posted 06-05-2000 07:13 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Your imagery mingled with such deep emotions leaves me in awe Michael.  Your title fits this poem perfectly ... I can understand why this is among your favorites.  Beautifully written!

Best wishes,
/Kit
Irish Rose
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4 posted 06-05-2000 07:31 AM       View Profile for Irish Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irish Rose

Good Lord  you sure can write!!!

 Kathleen
indy31_99@yahoo.com

Michael
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5 posted 06-06-2000 02:17 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Janet, Well - this poem probably isn't near my best by any means but it is by far a favorite just for what it stood for.  This was actually written for PdV about a year ago while I was going through one of the deepest depressions of my life.  She had become a new friend of mine at the time and was very worried for me.  And while dealing with depression was nothing new for me, I wasn't sure how to let her know I was o.k. - even if I was down - and it was all just about getting through day by day.  Thanx for the calllenge - enjoyed bringing this one back out.  


BDC - well, picking a favorite anything isn't easy... but this one is "me" if ever anything I wrote ever was, that made it easier.

Kit, Glad you enjoyed this one.

Irish Rose... hehe, that's quite a compliment - TY very much.  


And thank you all for the kind replies.


Michael

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6 posted 06-06-2000 07:20 AM       View Profile for Walter Poe   Email Walter Poe   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Walter Poe

A knight of pride
In bright colours ride
on through the night
with despair keeps stride
the horse large and white
cuts another sharp stride
into the earth into a grave
another of the brave knights ride

 "Mother is the word for god on the hearts and lips of children everywhere" Brandon Lee THE CROW
 
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