waste

what becomes of those who never made the passing grades
who stare into the darkness as the aging daylight fades
storms and strikes are painfilled as the bells begin to chime
and every single one of us is guilty of some crime
though never yet has anybody returned from the tomb
even Tutankhamun was only making room
for those who meant to follow in the depths of their depair
who couldn’t take another day with no one left to care
and all those silent children who were standing in the dock
one eye on the magistrate the other on the clock
were dreaming of the moment when they’d hold centre stage
never more to set a foot outside their gilded cage
but seasons pass and death’s assured for all who play the game
though pictures they have painted still lie dormant in the frame
and art has it’s own language that I never learnt to speak
for all of it’s strange beauty the sound is far too bleak
and desperate as we are there is nothing to be found
but Romeo and Juliet passed out upon the ground
and when at first I met you I was sinking like a stone
while you were sitting pretty on a chryselephantine throne
and still you had to be there to get the nuanced taste
of ignorance, ineptitude, and vainglory and waste

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  1. Lots to take in with this one ๐Ÿ™‚ * And another new word learned, “Chris the Elephant” ๐Ÿ˜† *

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    • This is a poem I really enjoyed writing, the words and ideas flowed as I was typing them. As for the elephant, another word I’ve known for years but have never previously found a use for ๐Ÿ˜†

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  2. damommza

     /  October 6, 2012

    What an interesting poem. Each line takes me in a different direction from the previous few. PB is right..a great deal to take in with this one and a new word to be learned! I like it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Thank you ๐Ÿ˜€ It does read like a series of unconnected images, but, as I said to PB, it flowed as I was writing it, so at some level, to me at least, there must be some structure to it. I would, however, have published it at twice as long and half as comprehensible, just to get that last couplet out ๐Ÿ˜€

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