The Crucible

William Goresko 1951 (Philadelphia, PA) – 2008 (Willow Grove, PA)



Out of this fiery crucible,
After great toil and struggle,
I have pulled a smoldering mass.
Never far from reach,
It sears my outstretched hands,
Blinding me with its brilliance,
Leaving me with a new and
Different vision. Repelling those
Who cannot bear its heat,
I watch alone, as if in a dream,
While it slowly forms, a glowing orb
That none but I dare approach.
Like a moth, I am slowly drawn toward it
To be consumed and transformed
In the flow of its radiant beauty.
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Submitted by cuwoodford on May 31, 2021

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Scheme AABCDEFGHIJKLMN
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 459
Words 87
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 15

William Goresko

William Goresko was an avid landscape photographer, a lover of backpacking and the outdoors, a voracious reader of classical literature and ardent fan of classical music as well as 60s rock and folk music. He also loved cooking and watching Sixers basketball games. He was a floor sander by trade. In 1984 at age 32 he was rendered quadriplegic in a car accident and lived for 24 more years. He retained his love of life and had a strong will to live. All poems were written a few years after the accident, typed one letter at a time, using a sip and puff device. Poems were submitted by his wife Cheryl. more…

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