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Fade to Black

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Fade to Black

FADE TO BLACK

My life it seems has had its share
of shining moments, recalled with
fondness when some achievement
let me stand awhile inside the light.

But when the bulb more faintly burned,
and shadows ruled the day instead.
Then it was that I have seen the rabid horde
rush to steal the fading rays and claim
that it was they who once before had
kindled the amazing spark and
more than once obtained the praise.

And so my trophies gather dust
and tarnish high upon my victory shelf— 
wilted blooms of a forget-me-not life,
which no one seems to remember.

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  1. Date: 2/20/2014 9:15:00 AM

    As long as you remember Mark ;) It is good not to be in the light too long; it attracts the ones who would work to see you fall rather than offer support. I like this one.

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 3/4/2014 1:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I thought if I did well and then departed, people would recall my good work. On the other hand, if the operation faltered after I was gone, people would say that I had really had a gift, which they missed. What happened, however, is that I was quickly forgotten, and others quickly took credit. As Roy pointed out, however, they falter on the details. Anyway, I'm content.
  1. Date: 2/19/2014 11:39:00 PM

    A great poem that I enjoyed reading. I bet that plenty of people will remember. Welcome to Poetry Soup..... Lucilla

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/20/2014 1:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    How kind of you to drop down to the bottom of my list of poems, Lucilla. I wish people would do this more often.
  1. Date: 1/24/2014 10:08:00 PM

    I saw Fade to Black and Stones on your list and I'm thinking hard rock bands. No, I see. I have read several of your poems. You have great command of the meter for sure. I liked the flow of the words a lot as well as the content. Yep, been there, done that. Doesn't take much to trip up a fake though. They can't explain the details.

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 1/25/2014 12:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Wow, Roy, thanks for focusing in on the 'details' bit. When the original is not around, the mimics have an easier time. I must remember to question them on details. Inciteful comments, and your visit to the bottom of my list is much appreciated.
  1. Date: 12/15/2013 9:56:00 AM

    I thought i would come back to see your first post and it's a dandy. Wasn't there some song called Fade to Black? or something like that? This has such a sad feeling wrapped inside it. Kind of like I have been feeling this year with all our bad luck, hubbie and I!!! I relate more and more to the sad poems.

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 12/15/2013 12:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Andrea, nice of you to return to the beginning for a look at this 'old' poem. I think I'll change the last stanza a bit to make it even sadder. The more emotion we put into our poetry, the more it helps us to deal with the issues that perhaps prompted the poem in the first place. More in a SoupMail.
  1. Date: 12/8/2013 7:16:00 PM

    A story familiar to a few of us but articulated beautifully by you Mark :)

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 12/8/2013 8:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    F.J. Thanks so much for digging down all the way to this poem. I'm left wondering whether it's better to have had it all and lost or never to have had at all. Like Shakespeare on love. I'll visit you soon.
  1. Date: 11/22/2013 9:19:00 PM

    I picture this one being read from a stage of adulation, where one by one the congratulatory crowd fade into dust. The stage light slowly dims as life rolls on until by the end we're on a dark stage calling to an empty audience. Great work mate =)

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 11/24/2013 1:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have my new poem up now Mark 'Curtain Call' a different take on your poem. Thanks for the inspiration
    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 11/23/2013 10:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Indeed, you have it precisely--leaving me with the question of whether it is better to have had it all and lost than never to have had it at all. The same question asked of love. Thanks for your thoughts, which resonate with mine.
    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 11/22/2013 9:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    fav'd =D - it has inspired me to write a piece along the lines of my comment. =) (thank you Mark)
  1. Date: 11/3/2013 12:58:00 PM

    at times we shine within the light, other times we hide in the darkness and regain our strength and shine brighter than before...nice first poem on the soup :) congrats on having it featured!

  1. Date: 11/2/2013 11:13:00 PM

    Mark, .:-) Congratulations on having your poem featured on the HOME PAGE.... always~ LINDA

  1. Date: 10/25/2013 7:36:00 AM

    I think we all stand in this shadowy place at many points in our lives and then we find that the sun comes out again, and the forget-me-nots bloom again... This is a melancholy write, but you've expressed these feeling so well. Welcome to the Soup...

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 10/27/2013 5:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Becca, thought I had answered but maybe not. As always, endless thanks for your appreciative words. Mark