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POEM: At That Cynical Age

Posted by Mark Cantrell on August 22, 2015 at 6:45 AM

Beneath This Crusty Visage

By Mark Cantrell


Beneath the crust

Of cynicism,

Burns bright – still – the furnace

Of youthful

Idealism,

But the soul is bewildered,

Dazzled by the confusion

Of life, the frenzied

Dizzying myopia

Of bewildered comprehension,

While the flesh

Is world-wearied

And heavy

With disappointment and not-quite

Despair.

Give me fuel, some spark for the tinder,

And mayhap, the burning ideals

Of old,

Locked, still, in the crusted crucible,

Will explode to sear clear the shell

Of blackened, charred hope,

And free this spirit

To fight,

To light,

The Dream of Better

Life!


Mark Cantrell,

Stoke-on-Trent,

30 September 2008


Copyright © September 2008. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Categories: POEM

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