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It's Not Just for Fame Doing What I Do

October 5, 2015
By writer-violist DIAMOND, Jenks, Oklahoma
writer-violist DIAMOND, Jenks, Oklahoma
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Favorite Quote:
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

It’s not just for fame
doing what I do.
It’s so much more than that.
It’s getting up at the crack of dawn
when the stars are still sleeping
and the wind is stirring in its bed
with the woods so silent
in all of their lucid wonder.
It’s going to sing in the patched up barn
a mile away from my cozy home.
My voice is like milk and honey stirred just right;
none settled at the bottom,
but a perfect mixture.
Hot, cold, breathy, my voice,
it’s all in my throat.
The cork to my soul releases
and all the trapped butterflies
and perfect melodies
spill out in a beautiful
and determined way.
They demand to be heard and
to let the world know that they are there.
They kick and scream and slash
until they have all had their turn.
My voice cracks
and I know that my soul
has been released into the wild.
A sweet morning song
to slowly wake up life.
The leaves shake in the morning
and the creeks whisper quietly.
When the sun peeks above the horizon,
I know that my time is done.
It’s not just for fame
doing what I do.
It’s so much more than that.

The author's comments:

This poem symbolizes that people have special gifts that God gave us and we should use them. :).

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on Dec. 14 2015 at 9:42 pm
ThrillQueen126, Seattle, Washington
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This is such a wonderful message, and so beautifully written as well. Please keep writing!

v.neff BRONZE said...
on Oct. 23 2015 at 9:50 am
v.neff BRONZE, Monroe, North Carolina
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Beautiful! I got chills reading this.

ellwist SILVER said...
on Oct. 21 2015 at 12:43 pm
ellwist SILVER, Surabaya, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"They only let you be this happy when they're preparing to take something from you." -Khaled Hosseini, the Kite Runner.

I'm not a man (woman?) of poetry, but I thought this was very pretty. Rolls off the tongue perfectly, and me personally I saw a bird instead of a woman in the ending, with so much natural imagery. A very good piece of work, not sure how I can critique it though. Great!

on Oct. 21 2015 at 11:26 am
Temperance SILVER, Austin, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"The facts of this world seen clearly, are those seen through tears." -Margaret Atwood

I like this poem. I like how the ending, the beginning and the title are the same, it really emphasizes the poem's idea or the author's goal. My favorite line is: "The cork to my soul releases". That line really sets a solid imagery of release and it is enjoyable to live with the poem. I don't know if it was intentional, but the poem has a paradoxical sense of pain or unpleasantness and the love of what you are doing. For instance, there are words that sound harsh like "kick and scream and slash", "cracks", and that conflicts with "voice is like milk and honey", and "perfect melodies" and beautiful". But i really enjoyed the topic and perspective of singing. Keep writing!