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A Twenty-first Century Elegy

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A Twenty-first Century Elegy

If there were a tomb to hold my thoughts alone
where only those who seek it, meditate,
guffaws would echo on the heavenly green;
ideas will not live beyond their youth
unless they catch the glint of steel beneath
the torch of battle.  So

let now be the arena for my wars,
my intellect, my flooding heart to charge
at enemies who rise today
but cannot raise the dust of my posterity.
This very hour I choose to fight
amid the phalanx of the white-robed clan.

It is a field of bloodless strife
where victors search beside themselves
for ripening flaws to extricate,
for keys to open doors
that never should have closed,
and for regrets that festered, unexposed.

Then as a spirit leaves its body to embrace
an unknown paradise,
down at the end of that long corridor
a dying candle flame blinks twice
and gives its rising smoke
to cense the larks above.
            ~

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  1. Date: 8/10/2013 12:01:00 PM
    don't know how to edit them? it's easy! just click on where it says 'my poems' and it will bring them all up, click on 'edit' beside the poem you want to alter, make the corrections, and then click 'update' at the bottom - sorted! :) butterfly <3

    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 8/10/2013 1:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks. Good to see you again! I'm trying to figure out how to message you....it has been so long since I have tried, here!
  1. Date: 7/28/2013 3:22:00 PM
    I enjoyed this poem poet excellent poem poet

  1. Date: 7/28/2013 4:27:00 AM
    good morning Robert, stopping by to say hi thank you, and reading my poems I will be back later this afternoon. enjoy your Sunday. ...linda

    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 7/28/2013 9:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    looking forward to your comments
  1. Date: 6/11/2013 3:46:00 PM
    Thanks. I submitted no more after this one because I could not get the program to accept my submission And, I've forgotten how to make corrections! Sorry.

  1. Date: 6/11/2013 2:48:00 PM
    This has a beautiful flow and message. There is an 'r' missing from 'for' in L3S3. SuZ

    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 8/10/2013 2:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Charlotte just showed me how. Now I can fix the horrible errors! Thanks again. -Dean
    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 7/28/2013 9:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you. I still havn't figured out how to edit them
    Ludden Avatar Robert Ludden
    Date: 6/11/2013 3:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    SEE ABOVE