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Dreams Of Fallen Idols (An Unpublished Thank You and Ode To Walt Whitman)Pt2

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Dreams Of Fallen Idols (An Unpublished Thank You and Ode To Walt Whitman)Pt2

The answer has been my motivation,
keeping me awake through the night,
keeping me in love with my passion,
the language of my forefathers,
The answer has been given, inspiring
those before and after his own words,
Yet it rests clear as day in one
of Uncle Walt's most prized pieces,

The answer is my reason for choosing 
to be any and all that I am,
The answer is the most beautiful
phrase known to my amateur ears,
The answer, I say, as he comforts me,
as I begin to tear up from his guidance,
"To contribute a verse"
"To contribute a verse!"

I answer proudly to  my most revered teacher,
And as if new sight has been given to me,
wiping eyes, I make a promise to my fallen idols,
Saying with the fury of fire in my follicles
"To contribute a verse, and by a child's love,
a man's honor, a student's respect, and a writer's creed,
I intend to...I must...
I shall...I promise..."

With new confidence I am child and man,
With new hope I am afraid and fearless
A child of my ancestors, a man of my word,
Afraid of failure, yet fearless on my journey,
An impossible journey that ends at death,
For death decides if my promise is protected,
Waking to see the world as a blank page, 
I will blindly find my way to immortality,

Not for glory, not for honor,
Not for praise, nor for fame,
Merely for a promise to yesterday,
and a responsibility to tomorrow,
With hope, I walk toward the unknown,
unafraid of the outcome of my travels,
With intentions of contributing a verse,
and  more importantly, finding myself ,
within my own words...

Copyright © Audonus Taylor

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  1. Date: 11/14/2010 4:55:00 PM
    As we read those who have gone on before, their words reach out to us telling us a story, telling of love, and of human failures then we want to do the same by penning life onto the pages for the future to read....I am glad that I chose this one to read this eve..I was delighted to receive your opinion of my work....I am glad that you came by..Sara

  1. Date: 11/13/2010 9:52:00 AM
    Where do I begin?,this write is really something special, I thought the first part about paths a very deep peice on both writes, and i like your ending u know we write 4 ourselves we know in ourselves writing is somthing we can contribute, we don't do it 4 the glory or none of that we do it cause it's how we make ourselves happy,

  1. Date: 11/13/2010 9:52:00 AM
    ... 2 me that's what it is, I do it and look back on my writes freaking out thinking how in the world did I even write that, I find out things about me through my writtings all the time, enjoyed your write and thank u to Walt W.,P.D.

  1. Date: 11/13/2010 6:25:00 AM
    Very deep write, we see life the same way, at least in words from what I can see... enjoyed your work...Yes and now I must widen my doorways to fit my ego after the "Lennon" lol.... thats the best comment I think I have ever receaved!!!.... Thank you my poet friend...looking forward to more of your work to come....Michael