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Rusted Nail

Today, upon the ground, I found a rusted nail.
Red and yellowed since its use,
It was caked and swollen; cracked lines top to bottom
With one turn in its body where last it was removed.
And the head was tilted slightly from a blow
Received when it was first employed and put to use.
I pondered of the purpose it had served
And the structure it had helped to hold and form.
I recognized its shape having spent many days 
With hammer in my hand and blueprint in mind.
I have straightened many that were pulled and bent 
And drove them to serve purpose.
Once this nail had value and function was providence.
Now, it fills a wrinkle of my palm 
And leads me to wonder….
What will someday become of me?
Will a member of the generation born this day
Look upon me and speculate my past,
And weigh my usefulness against my keep?
Will I present as bent?
And, will the balding gray and shortened step
Persuade them I have passed my day of worth? 
Or, will they look about their world 
And see what I have made?
So much from just one rusted nail. 


4th place in "Darn I Wish I Wrote This" on 6-26-12

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  1. Date: 3/27/2014 11:46:00 AM
    Ray, Congratulations, on your own favorite poem. Stay Xool *xox* Forever LINDA

  1. Date: 3/22/2014 3:49:00 PM
    ahhh, one of those poems we use again and again in these kinds of contests. And why NOT??? They deserve it, just like this one. Congrats on this one, Ray. profound it is.

  1. Date: 3/22/2014 11:40:00 AM
    Hi, Ray! I remember this poem, I too won in Nikko's contest. Congratulations on your (second) win! Ruben.

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 8:36:00 PM
    interesting ponderings, Ray. congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 3:27:00 PM
    This poem too reminds me of the rusty nail; being brought back to attention has served a good purpose. Congrats on win. // paul

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 7:23:00 AM
    It was a pleasure to read your best and favorite poem. Congrats on the win, ray

  1. Date: 12/25/2013 11:26:00 PM
    I see many poets are using the poems from that similar contest a few years back. WAY to go in this one, Ray. A well deserved win.(and hope you had a great xmas)

  1. Date: 12/24/2013 12:12:00 AM
    Enjoyed your beautiful write on a portrait of a poet and congratulations on the win,Ray

  1. Date: 12/23/2013 11:52:00 PM
    A highly philosophical write..enjoyed very much the way you worked your way from a rusted nail, Congrats on your win..thnx for your presence in mine, friend!!

  1. Date: 12/23/2013 12:43:00 PM
    Congrats Ray on your fantastic win! This one was so amazing. Found this piece simply overwhelming! Thank you so much for your participation. Best wishes,, gautami

  1. Date: 5/8/2013 3:56:00 PM
    a nail biter, and a poem I must read again. very unique... xox~ Linda

  1. Date: 9/5/2012 10:34:00 PM
    You won in a contest with this entry? I'm not surprised. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 6/7/2012 8:05:00 PM
    lovely this makes one ponder what will be!

  1. Date: 6/5/2012 11:21:00 AM
    A belated congratulations on your placement in Nikko's contest Ray. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/4/2012 11:33:00 AM
    Excellent poetry here Ray!Congrats on your win!!

  1. Date: 6/3/2012 6:23:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Nikko's contest. hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 6/3/2012 2:20:00 AM
    Ray congrats on your win..David

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 11:11:00 PM
    Ah, a very strong analogy here, Ray. Most enjoyed reading this poem. Congratulations on your win in nikko's contest!

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 7:46:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in Nikko's Contest with this excellent write, Ray! Ruben.

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 4:49:00 PM
    wonderfully reflective, and I can't ever think of you as just a rusted nail! Congrats for your win with this beauty.

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