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In the Library of BMCC

Surrounded by heavy tomes 
Chronicling the history of 
   countless generations 
One can only feel a sense of 
    awe that the weight of 
the past has upon the living 
  A brief look around me 
allows me to see the coming generation 
   Working diligently 
to achieve their goals 
   What will become of these youth 
in the next few years?
Some may die fighting on foreign shores 
Otheres will die young due to bad habits 
Some may achieve great success 
  Picking up my pen 
I try to evoke the scene in the library 
of the Borough of Manhattan Community College 
Where many different 
     nationalities 
Merge into a quilt of hope!

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  1. Date: 12/2/2012 10:27:00 AM
    Hi I love that last line line especially Mathew. super xx

  1. Date: 11/27/2012 11:45:00 AM
    Most enchanting write, Matthew - really thought provoking. It will go to my favorites. Thanks for visiting my Tanka Kiss of Death. I have learnt a Hebrew word today thanks to you. Omar Khayam of Rubai'yat fame was a Persian poet. You may have read him through the versified translation of Edward Fritzgerald. He stands out among other Persian poets of his time like Rumi, Jami and Hafiz. Rubai'yat are considered the most difficult genre of Persian, Urdu & Arabic Poetry. There is a fixed meter and scale within which the poet writes a poem of four lines, three of them rhyming together. In Indo-Pakistan sub-continent the poet that acquired eminence in writing Rubai'yat was Josh Malihabadi. I have translated his Rubai'yat into English Quatrains. Best wishes. -Mohammad

  1. Date: 11/27/2012 6:59:00 AM
    and Matthew you have evoked the scene so well, this is an excellent poem, written so well

  1. Date: 11/26/2012 10:02:00 PM
    Matt, good poem.. wish so much would not change,, nice to read a new poem of yours always~ LINDA

  1. Date: 11/26/2012 6:19:00 PM
    what a wonderful place to find inspiration for a poem! i love the idea of wondering what the future will hold for those who surrounded you and i also love your "quilt of hope."

  1. Date: 11/26/2012 3:17:00 PM
    very nice picture you present of the current generation and what might become of them. I sure hope we all end up with a quilt of hope! (and the beat goes on. hahaha)