The Gift of Words

How does an old soul express oneself
pass down to others their joy and heartaches
as well as the conquering of all tribulations
in what manner shall I share my life's ventures

For I have climbed the highest mountain of emotions
to topple aimlessly to the cold barren ground below
time and time again

I have spit in the face of conformity
and bathed in the essence of rebelliousness
for me and persecution are no distant strangers
at a very vulnerable point in life
I desperately clung to false illusions
of happiness and friendships
yet the swift smack of reality across the cheek
still burns my face to this day

A raging dragon showed me many sights
saying decide unto you what is purely evil
a shimmering white swan appeared showing
me many more visions
clarifying permit your own spirit to interpret
what is truly wholesome and good

outside the dual forces spiral about
inside the silence of the soul
it will be known which is sincere and
what is false

After the persona of my life has turned
to ashes and dust and I have departed this plane
gaze into the expansive sky
sensing the swiling of the winds
and listen to me whisper inspiration through
the soothing flow of the evening breeze
for I have stated before when that hooded reaper
sickle in hand comes looking
I will be in union with the sky

I know how to be remembered

At times the phrase nobody knows me
has been branded upon my conscience
possessing the golden chest of knowledge
from experience has taught me how to cope

How may these things be told
with the finest present of all
requiring no price tag it is the offering
of my words for they are truly the best
gift that I have to offer_____________-________________

About this poem

Another poem I wrote about writing and the power of wordsI'm working on putting together a poetry book and making this poem the first one

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Submitted by markl.65734 on February 10, 2023

Modified on April 02, 2023

1:35 min read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 1,695
Words 318
Stanzas 9
Stanza Lengths 4, 3, 8, 6, 4, 9, 1, 4, 5

Discuss the poem The Gift of Words with the community...

  • Dianejean57
    Keep writing.
    LikeReply8 days ago
  • gr.82137
    Please keep writing!
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • gr.82137
    These words are powerful!
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • Nathaniel40
    "After the persona of my life has turned
    to ashes and dust and I have departed this plane
    gaze into the expansive sky
    sensing the swiling of the winds
    and listen to me whisper inspiration through
    the soothing flow of the evening breeze"

    Damn. Best line
    LikeReply 21 year ago
  • Nathaniel40
    I was sitting. Reading this out loud to myself. Still taken back by the analogies you use. Brother. This would be a good poem to use to start things out. I have several favorite lines from this one. And if I'm honest, you've inspired me to write something tonight. One of the best ones I've read so far. 
    LikeReply 21 year ago
    • markl.65734
      Thank you very much more then anything I want to use my writing to inspire people abd sooner or later I wa going to compile a poetry book this poem is going to be the very first one in the book
      LikeReply 21 year ago
    • Nathaniel40
      I've shared this with a few people brother. Not trying to be kiss ass or anything. But this has been the best one I've read from other amateur writers on here so far
      LikeReply 21 year ago


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