Submit Your Poems
Get Your Premium Membership

Duty or Burden?

linda smith Avatar  Send Soup Mail  Block poet from commenting on your poetry

Below is the poem entitled Duty or Burden? which was written by poet linda smith. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

Read Poems by linda smith

Best Linda Smith Poems

+ Fav Poet

Duty or Burden?

I joined of my own free will,
no conscription did force me,
for I do not apply.

For nearly two decades,
I did obey an inner calling,
one I carried since childhood.

I felt a desire to be a part of
the greatest gang in the world.
Finally, I did achieve my intent,
for half my life,
I lived the dream.
I performed well,
loving every moment, 
not understanding why.

I did what many could or would not do.
I did the unimaginable.
Over and over again.
I did all that was asked of me.
I didn't do it for myself,
I did it for Them.

Now my dream rudely ends.
To be awakened abruptly by the fact
I am no longer wanted.
My goal just beyond my fingertips,
whisked away by a penstroke.

Now I try to imagine myself
without the brotherhood.
It feels dreary and cold.

How can such a great place
use our youth in such a way
then discard them along the road of life?
Unwanted? Rejected?

We now trudge through life, 
purposeless. Without fight.
We live in the past,
with the visions they created.

Post Comments

Please Login to post a comment

A comment has not been posted for this poem. Encourage a poet by being the first to comment.