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Surviving Poems

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Through Hell
After surviving a walk through fire there is little else that can burn around me for I am free and it is very hard to upset me for I've been to Hell and back and close to Heaven's doors as...Read More
Categories: surviving, me,
Form: ABC



Premium Member The Black Cloak
It's like a black cloak around our world bringing misery and death
One scientist said "if it mutates you ain't seen nothing yet" 
If only the experts would look back at how these viruses thrive 
They'd have got answers in history...Read More
Categories: surviving, death, evil, goodbye, grief, world,
Form: Rhyme
Nakshatra Nights
(Nakshatra is Sanskrit word for constellation of stars )
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A midnight canopy diapered in silvery dust
glows celestial light into massive vastness ,
where rapturous brilliance of pearly crystals 
celebrate a prismatic festival of ballet dance.

Burning perpetual...no past present or future
nebulous monarchs smatter...Read More
Categories: surviving, fate, planet, stars,
Form: Free verse
The Rising Cost 2020

People are starving
prices are rising
people are dying
tariffs are mounting
children are suffering
as predicted
life is worth nothing
and the expenses keep on mounting

Land is eroded
the forests are felled
while food mountains are built
the price in the process of disjunctive
it’s the need for the many
for...Read More
Categories: surviving, corruption, future, money, society,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Coronavirus COVID19
The Great Cleansing… Again

Small plane lands on time at secluded quiet airport
Happy family comes off quickly, so glad to be there.

Laughing kids run off playing, on well-manicured green lawns 
Carry-on luggage gets stacked, on dirty tarmac long bare
Limo bus empty...Read More
Categories: surviving, dance, death, eulogy, life, people, sick, sorrow,
Form: Free verse



Premium Member Sonnet for a Corona Virus
A dark and unseen presence in our midst
Spreads fear and caution stifling our striving
Would sole and loving God choose to enlist
Such agency to threaten our surviving?

In infinite diversity of forms
That populate the universe we know
Creations come with each new day...Read More
Categories: surviving, life,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member The Possibilities
One star in the heavens can
Change the course of the universe,
One smile can hold back a tear,
The key of faith can
Open the door of happiness,
And love can banish all fear.
One open heart, full of love,
Can make the hater
Hang their head...Read More
Categories: surviving, change, dream, family, people, society,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member MARIGOLD FAREWELL


The season’s donned bright colors bold
As autumn winds move leaves to tremble
Most stunning burst in all its shades of splendor
November smiles amid vast treasure to behold

Late scented afternoon a gentle breeze cajoled
On its way out the distant sun bids fond...Read More
Categories: surviving, autumn, beautiful, color, nature, seasons, sunshine, time,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Future GrandChildren
The planet isn't dying, but it is responding to all of us.
We are all for the most part plundering this planet in the name of profits.
Soon temperatures will rise during the day to 120 degrees plus,
and then plummet below freezing...Read More
Categories: surviving, earth, environment,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Inheritance
Inheritance


In my family garden at home
there is a big old tree
surviving from a long time ago
as a trove of my ancestors

A tree with very broad branches
covering the whole sky
and I can see the sky and the sun
through the branches in...Read More
Categories: surviving, society,
Form: Free verse



Winter Awakens My Care
Winter Awakens My Care
anonymous Middle English poem, circa 1300
loose translation/interpretation by Michael R. Burch

Winter awakens all my care
as leafless trees grow bare.
For now my sighs are fraught
whenever it enters my thought:
regarding this world's joy,
how everything comes to naught.

[MS. Harl. 2253....Read More
Categories: surviving, angst, england, joy, sorrow, tree, weather, winter,
Form: Couplet
Premium Member Spiritual Alchemy
Spiritual Alchemy

It's when you grow wings like a Phoenix 
and are one with the flames
when you rise through the ashes fueled by lifes pains,
It's when your souls base core is purged to gold
when you wash your hands with the past...Read More
Categories: surviving, inspirational, motivation,
Form: Rhyme
Homo sapiens in earth to Homo martians in mars
Homo sapiens in earth to Homo Martians in mars
Helios’ children craved
But only Gaia had life in her fate engraved
With waters lashing oceans and tides
And lushy green lands to live by the sides
Her children were the Sapiens
Who ruled the world with...Read More
Categories: surviving, change, memory, symbolism, technology,
Form: I do not know?
The Reason Why
I do not mind dying
I just don’t want to be another’s cause
For the longest time in surviving
I can finally know perhaps... who I was

The game has began
You see disruption and you see unity
From a world you can no longer run
Will...Read More
Categories: surviving, world,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member RUNAWAY-
Hope Beyond The Realm
Unfortunate people crying
Trying to recoup trying surviving
Such a shame
And then they race with the demon
Runaway
Just dismiss him
Rebuke him
The choice is yours to choose
Runaway 


2/28/20
Written word by James Edward Lee Sr  2020©...Read More
Categories: surviving, absence, adventure, allusion,
Form: Free verse
The Game Of Life
Once elevated 
The worms crawl,
Birds fly,
Fish swim,
We walk upright,
Being optimistic
No one asks how and why.

During the summer months
The Blazing Sun
Dries blood, with a few dead
The surviving eagerly wait
For the rain to fall
And the air to cool,
Grow fresh food and enjoy.

Optimistic...Read More
Categories: surviving, appreciation,
Form: Free verse
Land of the free Liberia
Land of the Free


Oh! Thou sweet land of the free, ????

You paved the way so others could find their ways

Where men of letter fought for a better day, 

And find solutions without delay.
 

Oh! The first daughter of Africa ????

Your children...Read More
Categories: surviving, 3rd grade, 4th grade, age, good friday,
Form: Ballad
Premium Member Humanity of Horses
My internal experience of depression
today shames
external ecology of elation,
all I might know as warm extended family
of profoundly peaceful impressions
still bare surviving
at end of this slow-fading thread.

This morning
one Epictetus sentence
speaks of blaming left-hemisphere dominant GodVoices:

"People are disturbed not by things,
but by...Read More
Categories: surviving, anti bullying, depression, health, integrity, peace, political,
Form: Political Verse
Premium Member Church PEOPLE Circumstantial Gatherings-
Circumstances gatherings
Porcelain entrappings
Mr. and Mrs Johns
Keep forgetting to turn their praise on
Photosonic devastating 
Oh! But I just keep perpetuating 
While  those denisions keep on  arriving 
More to this 
This and more 
I am surviving 
Circumstantial gatherings
Keep the...Read More
Categories: surviving, absence, allusion, betrayal, confusion, devotion, feelings, humanity,
Form: Rhyme
Sable Island
Is part of Halifax 
This island is 42 km. long
It is the equlvalent of walking
In sand from downtown Halifax
All the way to Peggy's Cove

Sable Island has 500 wild horses
After surviving centuries of the winter
The exact amount of horses unknown
Some believe...Read More
Categories: surviving, history,
Form: Narrative
Premium Member Crannied Walls
They cling, these city dwellers,
to crannied city walls
dusted with the exhaled indifference
of a blindly passing world.
Gasping in the fetid urban exhale
longing for the touch of errant bee.
Escapees of discarded flower pots
surviving on sporadic a/c drips
stretch to catch a glimpse of...Read More
Categories: surviving, city, life,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Bora, Bora
On the isle of Bora Bora
Ancient are the crafts that lie there.
White beaches beckon those who linger
and those who taste the salty air.

I met a girl there on that island.
Later she became my wife.
Now aged and wrinkled yet still a...Read More
Categories: surviving, 12th grade, allusion, fun, paradise, places,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member - Haiku X 176 - it's about surviving -

                                the planet's mammals

     ...Read More
Categories: surviving, animal, destiny, earth,
Form: Haiku
Premium Member India
Opportunities for travel have been sublime but my trips to India have been most devine.   
  Three times I journeyed to Chennai, on a spiritual quest I won't deny. There colorful saris and checker cabs abound, rickshaws...Read More
Categories: surviving, travel,
Form: Light Verse
Two Cockatiels

Cockatiels are jungle birds where the air
is thick and humid and lime green 
tree snakes slink along languid branches 

like sinuous vines, and russet orangutangs 
swing with hairy spider arms and legs.
Yet these caged cockatiels know nothing 

of the jungle,...Read More
Categories: surviving, bird,
Form: Free verse