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Comes Then a Day

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Below is the poem entitled Comes Then a Day which was written by poet Mark Peterson. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Comes Then a Day

Evening comes softly, stealing colors of day—
a rainbow of hues, fading slowly to gray.

Ten thousand days, seeking fortune and fame,
and ten thousand more, all in all just the same.

The dreams of my dad; the hopes of my mom
rest squarely on me, now that they’re gone.

Life swirls around me, alive and decaying.
Who’s in charge of it all? Who’s fasting? Who’s praying?

I kneel at the altar of hope and despair.
The truth and its witness are already there.

I’ve won a choice few and damn all the rest.
Did I give it my all? Did I give it my best?

Now verdict’s been rendered; the court’s had its say.
Its verdict my shroud; its mercy my stay.

1st Place, Your Favorite Old Poem, Judy Konos

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  1. Date: 8/14/2014 9:56:00 AM
    Gave this one a solid 7.... and adding to my fav list

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 8/14/2014 10:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Well then, 7 is my lucky number!
  1. Date: 8/14/2014 9:55:00 AM
    I always dig into the past works of poets I admire my friend. A habit I have and enjoy indulging in. This write did resonate with me in a very big way.. Crackin'.....

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 8/14/2014 10:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Robert, I didn't realize that you had already read and commented on this one long ago. I'm so glad it pleased you up re-read.
  1. Date: 6/8/2014 2:12:00 PM
    A fascinating and wonderfully inspirational write my friend.. Congrats on a well deserved 1st place win!!!!!!!!

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 6/8/2014 9:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Robert. I appreciate your digging down into some of my earlier work, and your remarks are gratifying.
  1. Date: 1/22/2014 8:41:00 PM
    Mark This is a very deep and emotional write. Gives the reader questions to answer and lets them see what's in your heart and soul. Nice job Thanks for the nice comment on my Emma poem. It is for a contest.

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 8/14/2014 10:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Robin, I see I am remiss and should have returned thanks for your comment long ago. Sometimes I mess up but appreciate it all the more upon finally reading it.
  1. Date: 12/13/2013 4:43:00 AM
    Hi Mark, congratulations on your win xx

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 12/13/2013 1:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, GG. You too did well with your Boy poem-- read and commented on already. Thank for coming by.
  1. Date: 12/13/2013 1:32:00 AM
    Enjoyed the poem and congrats, Mark

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 12/13/2013 2:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you very much, Dr. Ram. I so appreciate the time you spend supporting all the poets here on the soup. You are indefatigable!
  1. Date: 12/12/2013 7:44:00 PM
    great write Mark...congrats on the win

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 12/13/2013 2:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Joseph, I'm fortunate to have you as a follower of my poetry. I can't believe the effort you put in helping to keep poets of minor regard (myself) in good spirits, so we keep on writing.
  1. Date: 12/12/2013 12:33:00 PM
    All the poetry submitted was heartfelt. From love throughout life to love in the depths of death with reflections of nature. You are all deserving First Place Winners and I thank you for entering your favorites in my contest.

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 12/12/2013 8:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for hosting the contest, Judy. I so appreciate having been considered and placed.
  1. Date: 11/12/2013 7:07:00 AM
    Now there is someone that writes like me. A true poet indeed

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 11/12/2013 9:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Tawona, I appreciate your taking the time to find my little rhyme, and to offer such peasant remarks about it, I posted some quatrains and other unusual rhymes that you might like as well. I[m going over to check your rhymes now!!
  1. Date: 11/5/2013 6:16:00 AM
    a wonderful poem, beautifully written with some intriguing questions raised. i thoroughly enjoyed this one and am glad to have found your work on the site.

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 11/6/2013 5:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Wow, Ilene. You're going down my list. I'm falling a bit behind with my read of others--a circumstance I'll soon remedy. In the meantime, THANKS!
  1. Date: 10/28/2013 11:57:00 AM
    I rather enjoyed this piece, Mark, especially the second couplet. I would change the line to "and ten thousand more, all just the same" (it evens out the beat and flow). All in all, great piece; kudos and thanks for sharing :)

    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet
    Date: 11/2/2013 11:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I personally enjoy a helpful and polite critique; others are not so accepting and wish only to hear nothing but praise. I like to know if something in one of my poems doesn't work and I welcome suggestions. Again, I think you are extremely talented and I have enjoyed every poem by you that I've read :)
    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 10/28/2013 10:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for the comments, received with gratitude. I agree with your suggestion and made the change. I wasn't certain, if that sort of thing was in good form here but nice to know, as I see things with others' poetry as well. Good luck with your poetry, which I'll visit soon. Mark