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My shade of gray



I've been slacking lately
not in the mood, not myself.
Kind of a lazy, not yet lively
enough to feel alright:
A figurine on a museum shelf.

Some days come with excitement.
Some days fit like brand new shoes.
Sometimes I feel the need
to cry-out a lament -- listening for boos,
or whomsoever would hear my plead.

I have moments that are whimsical,
and could be thought sort of crazy.
Those are days of hopeful miracles,
that leave me likeable as a Spring daisy,
or cheerful as a big red rose that glows.

What makes my mood shift drastically?
Sometimes twice a day and then goes away.
Leaving me not wanting to be socially
inclined, wasting away with nothing to say;
never caring at all about my shade of gray.

In those moments I find myself a place to nap,
to read a book. to wonder where I'm at today.
Sleep doesn't usually come; that is always crap.
So I lay there with a thousand-mile-stare
watching the sun, or gray skies, lazily change my day.

Always I find time to spend with you.
no matter my feelings given red, white, and blue.
Not a clue what I should do, as your love is so true,
that it staggers all my emotions bringing on the night,
an bringing on all my dreams of you.
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Submitted on October 09, 2013

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Scheme ABACB XDEDE XAXAX AFAFF GFGXF HHHCH
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 1,153
Words 224
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5

Lucian Tower

I began writing Lyrics, short stories, and poetry some 43-years-ago. When I was in high school, during the 60s, I met the great Robert Frost. He spoke to me about my real elementary attempts at writing and poetry. He took some time with me, after assembly hall and told me to not stop writing. Now, that I have been around the world as a USMarine, and have lived through 2-years of the Vietnam War, I still am writing. Now at 63-years-old, I am enjoying being on Poetry.com with you all. I was born 12/21/1948, in Worcester, MA. There I began trying to write lyrics at 5-years-old, on my Grandmother's piano -- this has been a life-time ambition/Hobby for me. I live now in Gallatin, TN, and I am disabled/retired from the vietnam war.This is how I move around and, hopefully, meet others of like mind/spirit. I am mostly American Indian and 4th Generation Irish in the USA. My poetry are moments, which I've seen, and lived during my life. I believe allpoetry are photos, or glimpses into moments of life. Styles have changed over the years, and it is in reading/listening to others' poems that give poets ideas and imaginations to build their own style. This is who I am, as a man, who simply loves the written arts/preforming arts. Keep on writing!Lucian Tower. more…

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