A Promising Writer And "Poet!"

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~ The Journey of Life ~

A Promising Writer And “Poet!”

We attended a “Marvelous” poetry reading! The Library in Lincoln sponsored a “VOICES OF LINCOLN POETRY CONTEST!” It is an annual affair! There was a very good mixture of poems from a plethora of categories. There were poems about mysteries, to make you laugh, about people in the news, about relationships and poems to make you think? There were poets of all ages from (10) ten to (90) ninety. There is something special when all ages, cultures and colors are able to come together and share…

It was a beautiful afternoon and truly a delightful treat!

I want to share with you one poem in particular! Sharing this means a lot to me because;This poem was written by my grandson; Julian M. Ogans II. Writing is becoming a growing passion for him. I/we are so very proud of him and believe that he is on the right road to discovering his life purpose(s)… At the time he was an editor for his school newspaper! Here He also was responsible for writing an ongoing column as well… Julian has now graduated from High School and after a year of college he has decided to pursue a career in Human Resources and serve his country.


This poem was selected for the “DREAMS & FANTASIES” category! He was quite encouraged and well received by all ages. Presenting...



By Julian M. Ogans II



The Journey Of Life

I hike my way up the mountain of self-confidence
Fighting through the bitter cold blizzards of brutal honesty
Wondering what awaits at the top


But very quickly do I lose sight of the trail and fall down into the river of disappointment
The water reflecting nothing more than my past sins

I slowly drift into a cavern of darkness
The pitch black enveloping me in a dark cloth
Suffocating me with the toxic smell of failure


Whispers from my past slowly invade my mind
Growing louder and louder echoing inside my head
A ray of hope cut through the darkness
But it didn’t reach me
For a dark hand pulled me under the water
And drowned me in self pity


I open my mouth to scream, but the black water rushed down my throat
Choking me with all my fears
I gave into my self pity and allowed it to pull me into its deep dark depths where all my broken dreams lie
Each one shattered into a thousand pieces


The gravity of my self-doubt pushed me further down towards the bottom
While carnivorous nightmares ate away at my body and feasted on all emotions


They tore away my eyes, preventing me from seeing any sign of hope
Ripped away my ears, stopping me from hearing words of encouragement
And cut out my tongue so that I couldn’t scream for help


Little did I realize that not all of my forgotten dreams were broken
Blind, deaf, and muted to the world I grab on to one fragile dream
And use the one weapon that no man, monster, or rushing water can't take away
My faith
My hands began to grow warm as the dream came to life and sent confidence shooting through my veins

I felt the water rise and part as it shot up in the air
Breaking a hole in the ceiling of the depressing cave
I felt a brilliant ray of hope come down from the sky
Restoring my vision, hearing and my voice!


I rose up from the ground and entered a valley of happiness
Where dreams grow on colossal trees of endless imagination
However, my days here are numbered in this land of prosperity
For I am just one soul, embarking on the journey of life!!


*His poem won first place in the Young Poets division!

BRAVO!!!

We are very proud of Julian M. Ogans II.

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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Beautiful poem with indepth thoughts of life and visions of dreams undeferred. With permission, I would love to post it on my "Poet's Homeland blog.

Forever His,


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Thank you for sharing Julian's work with us. It was a blessing.


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Philipo 6 years ago from Nigeria

Hnadsome guy. Very very promising. Nice poems. Please give him all the encouragement he desires. Remain blessed.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

RevLady, Wonderful! Yes of course you may post! I will past this on to Julian II. ~ In HIS service, GOD BLESS!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

LifeGate, You are so welcome. So glad you were blessed & Thank You!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Philipo, Thank You! Yes of course! I encourage him often...

Thank ALL of you for sharing, I will share all your comments with Julian as well GOD BLESS!


exjwlaurie 6 years ago

I can see why he won! This writing is inspired. Julian should be proud of such amazing work! I have a friend who is a poet, I will send her the link to this page, if that is alright with you.

Thank you for sharing DeBorrah!


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Kristeen 6 years ago from Michigan

You can well be proud of your grandson. His poem is excellent - well written and meaningful.


jca197493@yahoo.c 6 years ago

Talented young man! I enjoyed this poem VERY much...Voted up.


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motherbeastly 6 years ago from Argyll and Albox

How proud you must be of this boy. His poem is excellent! I wish him all success in the future.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Oh, it's such a beautiful, deep Poem. ((Well done, Julian). I like the way he ended it too - On a positive note and a sober word that our days are numbered.

Wow, he is truly gifted and I wish him well. No doubt you will continue to encourage him to inspire others through his Poems.

Thanks for sharing this. :)

Ps. Nice Photo.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Exjwlaurie, Yes we are very proud of him...Feel free to share his poem with your friend. You are so welcome!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Kristeen, Yes! We really are quite proud of him... I thought it to be thought provoking! Thank You!

I will be forwarding this hub on to Julian II. God Bless YOU!


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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago

I can see that you are very proud of your grandson.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Mothertbeastly, I truly am quite proud of him! He really is a fine young man... I am sure that he will appreciate all the encouraging remarks!

Thank you for stopping by to share, Thank YOU!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Lady E, It really is! Julian is witty, serious and can be quite comical... It was quite interesting to see firsthand how well everyone received his poem! His delivery went quite well combined with his deep resonating voice that added even more drama...

The reality of it all is the Truth that he relayed that all ages can relate to! What I too appreciated was the favorable, uplifting, encouraging words at the end! You could hear a sigh of relief from the audience...

Yes I/we will continue to encourage him!

Thank you for stopping by to share and encourage him as well! I will from time to time share more of his poems...


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Jaggedfrost, Yes I truly am very proud of him! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and share...


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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago

My pleasure and it was charitable for you to return the favor.


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no body 6 years ago from Rochester, New York

We live in these frail, emotion-ridden bodies and struggle against ourselves so much. Replacing fear with hope, doubt with faith, cowardice with courage - is the great struggle of each one of us. You could feel the fatigue and elation of triumph. Thank you for sharing this talented man's work.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Jaggedfrost, Again Thank You & God Bless!


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

Marvelous poetry. Julian M. Ogans II is indeed a great talent. Thank you for sharing his poetry with us. Blessings to you and your family. Best regards.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Nobody, Thank You! I am proud of Julian II and I believe that he gives us some insight into the depth of what teenagers are able to see, feel, share and how they too experience the pain & JOYS of life! I believe that it is very important to KEEP the lines of COMMUNICATION OPEN!

You are so welcome!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Cristina, Thank You! I am sure that he will be impressed and thankful for all the encouraging words that have gone forth!

It is a pleasure to share this with all of you! Blessings to you and yours as well!


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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

WOW! Very talented he is!!! Praise God! I pray for his success. Thank you for sharing, I know you are proud of him!!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

DR PastorCarlotta, The poem really is quite deep! I think it is wonderful because all ages can relate in one way or another.... Yes! I am extremely proud of him!

You are so welcome and Thank You for your prayers as well as stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Such a wonderful poem with much thought and emotion in it. What a wonderful grandson you have. God Bless dear sweet Julian. He is so truly gifted with talent. You must be so very proud of all your grand children and wonderful family.God Bless You Dear Heart.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Stars, I so agree! I am glad that you enjoyed this. Yes I am most thankful! He is a well rounded young man and loves the Lord! I am thankful beyond words... God truly is good!

God Bless all of you as well dear heart!

Thank you for stopping by to share as always it is a pleasure! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


His daughter 6 years ago

You certainly can be pleased with the legacy that is being passed on within your family, DeBorrah. Grandmother's influence plays a part I'm sure. God bless.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

HIS Daughter, Thank YOU! I am thankful beyond words... I am certain we share the desire to encourage our family, friends and love ones to draw closer to the LORD! GOD truly is GOOD!

Thank you for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! Again THANK YOU and GOD BLESS YOU!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Your grandson is a mountain of sheer talent. I thoroughly enjoyed his poetry. No wonder he won the competition. Wow! Awesome!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

James A Watkins, Wonderful! So glad that you enjoyed this! Thank you Professor! I am quite proud of him! Coming from one gifted with the pen this is a great compliment!

In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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caceewalsh 6 years ago from Montana

Wonderful!!! Wonderful!!!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Caceewalsh, Thank You & God Bless You! I am sure that Julian will be encouraged! In HIS Love, Grace, Peace & Blessings!


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sherrylou57 6 years ago from Riverside

Beautiful, I can see why he won! Thank you for sharing Julian's poem.


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

Wow! That is tremendous...I do hope that young man continues to write and that his faith will grow ever stronger as he witnesses to the world through his poems and other works. thanks so much for sharing this...it was a delightful blessing

Ulrike Grace


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Sherrylou57, You are so welcome! Thank you as well for stopping by to share your encouraging words! Please do come again! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Ulrike Grace, THANK YOU! So glad you have been touched by Julian's poem! He has an excellent collection of poems that I will share here on The Hub Pages from time to time... I will pass your encouraging words on to him!

God Bless You! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

richard@sydney self development courses, Thank you for taking the time to stop by and share your words of encouragement. Peace & Blessings!

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