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Imaginary Reality

February 14, 2010
By chocolateharp SILVER, Plaistow, New Hampshire
chocolateharp SILVER, Plaistow, New Hampshire
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Favorite Quote:
"Dear God," she prayed, "let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry...have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere - be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost." - Betty Smith (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)

A child sits on the front steps of his house, watching the world sleep. His shoes are scuffed, and wet snow seeps through the seat of his trousers.
A dragon’s breath shows silver in the dark.

Each star could be it’s own universe; just bright enough to conquer the night, and distant enough for miracles. Who can tell if the reward exceeds the anticipation? Who bothers to notice, when every moment is sweeter than the one before, and the expectation of magic never disappoints you?

A young man sits on the front steps of his house, watching the world sleep. His nose is pink, and his mouth tastes sweet with familiar dissatisfaction.

The Church bells are sad, and the snow is cold and indifferent. How shallow is the ice, that sparkles without meaning? His well-trained intellect searches for a deeper message,
but blank whiteness smothers the truth in irony.
The sky is vast and majestic, but he wonders, couldn’t it be closer? Unaware, he looks for a single star to outshine the rest; an unnatural radiance.

If he could find it, he would make a wish.

An old man sits on the front steps of his house, watching the world sleep. A chuckle is silent in the base of his throat.

Still he waits, where he has waited before, because
who has been able to find everything they looked for, in truth?
How blessed are those who search in lies, and can be satisfied.

For the rest, though,
this man has found that magic can be discovered in the tension that livens his hollow body in the absence of perfect contentment; in the excitement, anticipation, superficiality, frustration, and laughter that swirl in dizzying circles with the snow.

These, he finds, are far more rewarding than giving up, and quite possibly more rewarding than reaching an answer. 'Happily ever after' is still an ending, after all, and maybe it is better for the story to continue?

What is hope, but persistent expectation?

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iDogrocker said...
on Aug. 8 2010 at 8:37 pm
iDogrocker, Lebanon, Oregon
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I love this progression!! It's told like a story, which is something I can definitely relate to. I've never been good at poetry, and reading the work of someone who is can be rather refreshing. This is a great idea and a well done piece.

on Aug. 8 2010 at 7:16 am
Still_Waters26 SILVER, Ladysmith, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
"We few, we happy few/we band of brothers/For he to-day that sheds his blood with me/Shall be my brother"
-Shakespeare, "Henry V"

Very interesting.  I like how it moves from the boy to the old man, a huge contrast which I think is good in poetry.