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Cold Steel Day - A Poem

Updated on February 15, 2014

Explaining the poem

Sometimes, I just sit and watch the outside world around me. I know that most people would say that it is best to get out and live, and I do. However, there are times when one must recharge his batteries and bear witness to others living their lives. Sometimes, it is with a proud smile, but on occasion, it is with a confused expression and the words "What the heck?" escaping from my mouth.

This poem came about by watching the clouds roll in with their gray-filled gloom. It was cold, unusually cold for an early fall day. Days like this can affect a person's mood and self-opinion. It affected me more than other fall days. It filled me with a dreadful sense of loneliness.

Don't get me wrong. Most of the time, I like my moments of solitude. True introspection only comes during those periods of "alone time". However, like everyone, I do feel loneliness. The great thing is that I never feel it for very long, which may show from the succinctness of this poem. I do hope you enjoy it.

Cold Steel Day
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Cold Steel Day

chill in the air, biting
through my defenses, of skin

raised with goose pimples, reading
like Braille messages, in the darkness

i stand, waiting
for one to come, and join

me on this
cold steel day

the gray skies, swirling
the dead leaves, twisting

the chilled air, existing
on this cold steel day

the heart hardens, aching
bones shrinking, under

the pressure
of the cold steel day

longing turns to despair
and the skies
become a darker gray

no joy exists, in
the loneliness of
this cold steel day

© 2012 Charles Dawson

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Pretty good from the hip. My first thought after reading your poignant lines was that loneliness is the companion of far too many people and that the needlessness of it makes it even sadder.

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      Charles Dawson 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

      Yes, many choose to be alone, but I don't think anyone chooses to feel lonely. What is worse is that some people are not alone still feel lonely. ... Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      Para Nought 4 years ago from Inside My Mind

      This made me harken back to many a day I sat along with nothing more than my thoughts for company. Very nicely written.

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      Charles Dawson 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

      Thank you, PN!

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      KristenGrace 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Nicely done! Simple yet so powerful. I appreciate your openness with this poem and willingness to share, because I'm sure so many, like myself, can relate.

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      Charles Dawson 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

      Thank you, Kristen. And yes, I'm sure more relate to it than they care to admit. Also, I'm sure some would say to go out and get it, instead of waiting for something to come. We all have our days though. We just want someone to find us without feeling like we're bothering or imposing.

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      Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      While I would hope that there would be at least a little joy out there, I enjoyed this all-the-same. Thanks for sharing.

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      Charles Dawson 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

      Some days are filled with much joy. Some days are not. That's the beauty of a balanced life where we can truly appreciate the much joy. Thank you, Darryl, for reading and commenting.

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      Angel Ward 4 years ago from Galveston, TX

      Very beautiful and elegantly put. I have felt that way, as we all have, and I agree with your above comment, I have been in that state where I do not want to bother or impose, so I just wait, but that can turn into severe pain and despair as you wonder why they can't or won't love back. Pressure makes diamonds, and trash makes pearls so its all worth it in the end....

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      Charles Dawson 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

      Thank you, Angel!

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