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Greatness Was Once A Dream

He stood there by the shore,
Lamenting the days when idleness was his whore.
He dined and wined in folly:
With nothing but inherited wealth he made jolly.

In wine he retched rueful words
And lost his seat among great lords.
Lavishousness was his guide.
In material gains he took pride.

At seventy with no children and wife,
He wondered the meaning to his life.
The future was supposed to be bright
But laxity turned it his plight.

He tried to sought for gold mines
But nature spat on him grey hair and wrinkle lines.
To rest in his grave,
He did long and crave.

In him, the reality of being a failure,runs like a cold stream.
For greatness was once a dream.


About this poem

This is a narrative poem of 19 lines dictating the life of a man who expected the future to work it's way like on a platter of gold. He saw no need work hard and improve himself. He was a lazy jolly fellow, a lavishous and party freak. When his harvest was due he lamented in regret.

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Submitted by Poeticbee on June 08, 2022

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My name is Bertha aka poeticbee. Not on the 16th of March 2004. A Nigerian citizen and resident. Poetry to me is a painting of the mind in beautiful colours. My hobby in writing has exposed me to the world of communication and I've made a profession of it. more…

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  • johnwick
    *snoring sounds* wow this is boring, i think i (metaphorically) fell asleep while reading this.
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