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Poetry is the heart's way of expressing feelings that sometimes we are afraid to voice to others. Sometimes it can be our fears or our hate or our overwhelming love for someone. But I have always thought that whatever the feeling, it is still important to our well being to release those feelings somehow and what better way than through poetry.

This poem is about mankind's fear of failing. And the fear of letting those we most care for down.


I feel it approaching
out of the darkness
out of the staleness
I see it first just as small as the light from a fire fly
It is a silent threat, not heard only felt
Like the storm you see quietly but forcefully
dancing on the horizon.
As it grows in its magnificence
My apprehensive heart beats against my chest
I feel it so close but I keep praying that it will stay far away
My heart pounds wildly until my breath escapes me
My life my existence has been nothing but a great paradox
leading to this moment in time.
There are so many
Their voices screaming in my mind
A thousand thoughts inside only one
How do I help them all
What if I allow one to fall.
Will it swallow them into the parade of lightning
into the abyss of blinding light
Will I too fall for not saving them
I always knew it was there
Safely waiting on the horizon
But I never felt this light would catch me this fast
I never thought the rain would fall upon my skin
But now here it is
Will I have the strength
Strength to make it go away
Only the agony of waiting for the future will tell
Just remember never let it come so close
That you can feel the mist upon you
Because the second you don't realize
the other end of the story
That is the second it grabs a hold on you.
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3 Visitor Comments

this poem touched my heart reallly. i worked hard for everything everytime but all i can get is failure. i am the bigest looser
i just got home from school today, when i found out that i didn't make the varsity lacrosse team. I was so sure that i was going to, so sure! and all my friends are on the team, i'm alone on jv, with the little kids, and a terrible coach. this is my last year at this school with my friend, and we wanted to be on the team together. but i am all alone, and embarrassed. when i read this poem, it brought tears to my eyes, (for the billionth time today) and i felt as though it really described what i am going through. even though i feel like a failure, i know that i am not. Good luck to all those going through hard times, remember to make the best of it! God bless, maggie

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