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Beyond The Gates

Behind these gates lay quite the scene
So very surreal, yet not a dream

Beautiful headstones, manicured lawns
My God the memories this place spawns 

The winding road, first turn to the right
Back to the beginning of my plight

Stopping next to the second trail
My heart and head pound like hell

On the left eleven headstones away
Like a movie my memory starts to play

People gathered from all around
My mother knew everyone in town

At the time I was still unable to speak
My shattered psyche was far too weak

I stood there broken and full of fear
Ashamed I could shed not a single tear

Ashamed I could speak not a single word
Inside my head so many voices heard

What did those voices have too say
That’s another story for another day

Those gates now hold so many I love
Everyone I once held above

Last time I entered them I was 32
Even though those gates hold all of you

Next month I’ll go back and explain why
Tell my mother the reason I couldn’t cry

Apologize to her for being broken
Leave flowers, a poem, and my N.A. token

That way she will know without any doubt
What her little boy ended up being all about

That her little boy is not broken anymore
Overcoming adversity is what adversity is for

And one day when I’ve completed my fate
I’ll be looking for her, “Beyond the Gate”

The Shafter, California cemetery holds my mother, Grandparents, my cousin James and many
close friends. The last time I visited them was approx. 18 years ago. It’s very strange
that I received, “Beyond the Gates” as my topic, because; I’ve been planning this trip for
months now. If not for that fact I would have most likely written this poem about prison
gates. I reckon all things happen for a reason. Thank you Constance writing this poem has
given me strength to help me do what I plan to do. Go make amends to the person who gave
me life and taught me the things, which stuck with me through it all. My Grandparents
never lost hope in me and always said, "One day Mikey will remember the things we taught
him and return to the Lord." I think they will be proud of the man who comes to visit them
next month.

Copyright © Michael Jordan

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  1. Date: 7/19/2010 8:14:00 PM
    I know they are proud of you, Mike. Every poem I have read makes me proud of you and I am an out sider but I see the love and feeling is your words. God Bless, Cile

  1. Date: 6/29/2010 6:45:00 AM
    I have only been to a cemetry where loved ones are buried twice. I don't know why folks go? I will go again when I pass....somewhere? Excellent win hope school is going well.

  1. Date: 6/18/2010 8:00:00 AM
    Congrats on Ist Place win, MJ. Soon I will be "Beyond the gates"- your the only one who can probably understand where I'm at (7 years done, 1 more to go) Later, Jimmy

  1. Date: 6/2/2010 7:40:00 AM
    congrats my dear Michael on a most well deserved First Place win! written to perfection and the emotion is absolutely overwhelming. bravo to you - for this write and so much more! you know I adore you!!!! love and hugs, yf4l, shar xoxo

  1. Date: 6/2/2010 1:37:00 AM
    Wonderful write about feelings during the time of loss. Congrats on your win in the contest. Regards, Dan C

  1. Date: 6/1/2010 10:49:00 PM
    thank you btw for all your kind comments and for adding one of my poems to your faves--it means a lot to me :)

  1. Date: 6/1/2010 10:48:00 PM
    Bravo for this piece, Michael--this really touched me and such coincidence indeed that you were assigned this topic. You write with so much inspiration, super congrats on this big win of yours! :)

  1. Date: 6/1/2010 5:57:00 PM
    What a beautiful work. Congratulations Michael, well written....Margaret

  1. Date: 6/1/2010 7:13:00 AM
    What a beautiful poem, Michael. You have such an open heart to share these intimate feelings. So well deserving this 1st place honor!! Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 6/1/2010 6:15:00 AM
    You already know how much I admire this poem, MJ, and I am so pleased to congratulate you on your first-place win in Constance's contest. Well done! Love,Carolyn

  1. Date: 5/31/2010 9:16:00 PM
    Congrats Michael on your 1st place win in What is my Theme contest with this superb write ... enjoy another number one my friend.luv.. from the "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 5/31/2010 7:02:00 PM
    great thoughts, brought a tear to my eyes, hope some in my family will say the same one day!!

  1. Date: 5/29/2010 5:35:00 PM
    Wonderful writing, Michael. Good luck in Constance's challenge although how it would be "graded" is beyond me as each Theme seems so unique to the person!! July 7th is rapidly approaching and I'll be getting my 30 year chip ... trying to stay in the NOW but I'm really looking forward to the celebration!! Hope you're having a great weekend!!

  1. Date: 5/29/2010 8:27:00 AM

  1. Date: 5/28/2010 9:44:00 PM
    Beautiful sentiments evoked in your lines Michael and this is a very special write .. my parents reside in a place similar and two close friends who passed much too early as well as many relatives.. will make this write of your a fav for me.. as it has touched my heart deeply... appreciate your compliments on my vacation poem.. been on the beach for two weeks it feels like Heaven... have a safe and happy holiday weekend.. with luv from the "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 5/26/2010 4:21:00 PM
    thank you Jordan, for the comment on my dark poet, one can learn a lot from a man of your kindness. p.s. you have yourself a heart felt poem, have yourself a wonderful day,..p.d.

  1. Date: 5/26/2010 1:54:00 PM
    Yes, God puts adversity in our path to help us learn to deal with challenges, Michael. And I'm sure your mother would understand why it is only now that you can cry for her. You have allowed yourself to express emotions, MJ, and excelled in that effort in this poem. Love, Carolyn