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Author Name: Freesimplywrite 6 Comments
Date Added: November 17, 2009 08:11:55 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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The Character of a Giant


waking
breathing
yawning
greeting
yet another day

the outdated being
rests
in quiet stillness
making friends
with the voice of mortality

like an antiquated
oak tree
the scars
the rough wilted skin
is worn and faded

invisible
are the strong roots
the intimate veins
that shape nature’s ground
blanketing the earth

standing now
in nothingness
the heart continues
to embrace
the ticking seconds of time

with an echo of silence
life’s delicate strands
are remembered
until in darkness
all turns dim

as the light of dawn speaks
thoughts begin to blossom
recollecting the subtle grains
like mortar
they provide the wisdom

those unspoken memories
the smiles the laughter
the loves the deaths
all unfold
to sustain existence

like a peaceful prayer
they whisper
the complexity of the soul
revealing the astute
power of the mind

with a smile a handshake a nod
the dignity of humanity
is respected
honored
revered

sitting there
quietly
uttering just a few words
exists the extraordinary
character of a giant
Author's Notes:
dedicated to the complexity of old age.
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Comments:
Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on November 24, 2009 10:41:15 PM Report
I have decided I am not getting older just more mature!!!
Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on November 18, 2009 01:16:10 PM Report
Inside every old person is a young person...if only our bodies wouldn't age and give out. I always reflect on the older people's youth...their life's trials and accomplishments. Beautiful poem...wonderfully phrasing and similes.

 

~Barbara~

Comment By: TrialAnn on November 17, 2009 08:34:53 PM Report
This is a great description of what it is. Beautiful job in every stanza.
Comment By: FreeThe Bag Lady on November 17, 2009 11:08:12 AM Report
Dear Loretta.....I must say that this write with the gentleness and wisdom has brought me tears...The reflections as with an Oak Tree, with its wisdom running deep within society, family and the world...The expansion of time only has brought scars, the scenes of death and within the times of life that others may never experience and yet this Soul has seen much,....content with that....Loved this.....
Margaret....a friend in words.....

Comment By: PremiumLinda Jo on November 17, 2009 08:23:13 AM Report
nice, Josh!  I could see this as a dedication to a father or a grandfather.  Wonderful thoughts on what makes a man.  I enjoyed this very much.  the first stanza is great and sets the tone for the reader...it says...this one will make me ponder the character of a giant.  each stanza builds on that thought, with a strong finish.  great job! I will place it in my file of favorites...
Comment By: FreeAndrew on November 17, 2009 08:22:08 AM Report

....the outdated being rests in quiet stillness....  You've done a superb job in capturing the reflections of those of us who find our "experience level" extending beyond what we ever expected.  The musings of growing old - very powerful, very poignant.  Great work.






 


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