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Below is the poem entitled THE WAY OF LIFE which was written by poet Monterey Sirak. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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First day of a fresh new year begins
as the old one ends
It’s just the way of life

Crisp winter winds swirl around me
Tiny pellets of frozen rain sting my skin
He drapes his leather jacket across my shoulders
I slide my arms into too long sleeves
snuggle down into his smoke-tinged whiskey scent
I once believed I could grow into his well-worn jacket
But he is a mighty oak standing tall to shade me from life
I am a slender sapling swaying at the whim of the wind
My tears mingle with stains on leather 
left by baby tears shed when my worst wounds
were from skinned knees
I draw the collar up around my ears to block his voice 
telling me people change    priorities get rearranged
No blame to place
No one’s fault
that I am left standing in the cold 
wearing an old leather jacket
while Daddy walks away

Copyright © Monterey Sirak

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  1. Date: 8/6/2014 9:24:00 PM
    Monterey,, Congratulations!!! :) On having your poem featured this week. Stopping by to say hi, and greet almost every poem, on the Poetry Soup's home page. Enjoy having your poem for all to read. Always & Forever ~LINDA~

  1. Date: 8/3/2014 5:51:00 PM
    I can feel how much she wants him to stay, and the question in her mind of why won't he.... Beautifully sad... Hugs.. Arlene

  1. Date: 10/10/2013 10:24:00 AM
    The first poem of yours that I had read, you got me hooked!

  1. Date: 7/27/2013 12:48:00 PM
    hmmm, I am going in circles. I do believe I have read all your poems now!!! thanks for reading my little room poem. I attempt free verse from time to time but sure wish it were ingrained in me!!

  1. Date: 7/4/2013 12:18:00 AM
    "tremendously awesome........... congrats!!! SKAT"

  1. Date: 6/18/2013 11:04:00 PM
    I just read your response to my comment on this one a while back. you are catching the drift of what I was saying in my Prolific poem. The more challenges you take, you will be so amazed. you already have the talent, now you are going to soar out of this world.

  1. Date: 6/15/2013 11:11:00 AM
    Very heartfelt write. A different approach and strong images. Good Luck you charming lady. SuZ

  1. Date: 6/10/2013 9:21:00 AM
    It is selfevident from this reading the value of your poetry and the honour we have as soupers to have you to write and comment. This is a masterpiece

  1. Date: 6/10/2013 1:04:00 AM
    That ending hit me hard. I had no idea this was referring to a parent. I don't know if this was based off reality or just your imagination, but either way it was a stunning piece of work. Your wrote this to perfection that was dripping with sincerity... one of your best!

  1. Date: 6/9/2013 4:41:00 AM
    what an amazing piece of work

  1. Date: 6/9/2013 3:07:00 AM
    This is an amazing write my dear friend Monterey. You write so well. I love and enjoyed your poem. I'm sure it'll win. Thank you so much for sharing and good luck in the contest. love and big hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 6/8/2013 2:00:00 PM
    Wow! Very powerful. I am so glad you stopped by to comment so that I became introduced to you and your talented pe. Well done, I feel I should congratulate you in advance. Hugs Rick

  1. Date: 6/8/2013 12:31:00 PM
    heart rendering write gl if its for contest don't forget to put date at bottom of poem and contest name Shadow

  1. Date: 6/8/2013 11:36:00 AM
    Looks like a good entry for the contest.

  1. Date: 6/8/2013 11:19:00 AM
    Oh waht sad words for a child. It is heart breaking. This should be a winner. Thank you for your kind comments. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 6/8/2013 7:34:00 AM
    - Hey, Monterey, this is really a well written poem for the contest - Good luck - hope you win! - Have a nice weekend. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak
    Date: 6/8/2013 7:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you. Wishing nice weekends for everyone
  1. Date: 6/6/2013 11:56:00 PM
    wowowow, now THIS is writing. one of the best I've seen for this contest and a fresh take on it, being from a daughter's perspective. I hope to see this high on the chart. in fact, I am faving it!!!

    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak
    Date: 6/8/2013 7:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much. These contests seem to take me to places I never planned on going, but it is nice when I get there.
  1. Date: 6/6/2013 2:53:00 PM
    great write Monterey..... I hope to see this one in the winners circle...thanks for stopping by

    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak
    Date: 6/8/2013 7:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm glad you enjoyed it
  1. Date: 6/6/2013 1:22:00 PM
    This is an awesome poem penned my dear, I wish to see you at the top of the list, it's beautiful and heart felt, love to you xxx

    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak
    Date: 6/8/2013 7:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, coming back to read more of yours