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On Being Only Human: a Poetic Metaphor

Updated on March 9, 2018
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As a lifelong reader and writer, Liz writes articles and poetry. She also enjoys watching and reviewing movies.

Bright Shining Star


If I Were a Shining Star...

If I were a star, my passions coud burn

hotter and brighter;

If I were a cloud, I could

she more tears for the world.

If I were a lake, I could reflect

all the beauty around;

If I were a tree, I could

make shelter for all.

But I am only a human,

so all I can do

is love,

and laugh,

.....and try my best,

..........and hope it's good enough.

About This Poem

When I first wrote this poem, back in January of 1996, I was in the throes of a divorce, and this was a poem of both despair and hope. A good many of my poems from that era were of a theraputic sort of writing, which at the time, I was unwilling to share.

That pain is long behind me, and I am able now to let the poem stand on its own merits, simply as a word picture. Really, it's more of an analogy or a metaphor.

The poem got a minor revision in May of 2010, but it is otherwise as originally written.

© 2010 Liz Elias


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    Liz Elias 

    9 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, Marisa...

    Thanks very much for stopping by for a look-see...and I'm glad you enjoyed the poem...

    Thanks too for your input. My poems are among the very first things I published when I began here, and I am currently in the process of 'tweaking' older hubs for assorted improvements. However, that is what brought up the issue with the white space. Back then, I had not really learned how to use the capsules, and so all of it, including the 'fill' which can now be deleted, is in the same capsule--so--the moment I go into edit mode, my formatting is gone.

    (And, that 'fill' has appeared on a bunch of my shorter poems...all this time...and has not tripped anything yet....)

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    Kate Swanson 

    9 years ago from Sydney

    I just read this and I see what you mean about the layout - not because it adds more significant pauses, IMO, but that it makes the poem look more attractive.

    One point though - if you add the same "fluff" at the end of each poem, you'll trip the duplicate content filter and get your poems unpublished. Why not add some photos instead? This Hub is crying out for images of a lake, a star, a cloud and a tree. There are hundreds of options available on flickr. Remember that Hub I wrote for you?

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    Liz Elias 

    10 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, Fossillady! Thank you very much; I'm glad I struck a chord. ;-)

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    Kathi Mirto 

    10 years ago from Fennville

    Oh, I just love this poem. We all feel okay being human with this blessing!

  • DzyMsLizzy profile imageAUTHOR

    Liz Elias 

    10 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi epigramman,

    WOW, indeed! I am overwhelmed by your praises, and I thank you heartily. I am happy you enjoy my work. Thank you so very much for such kind words.

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    10 years ago

    ....well I have just discovered someone who writes from a higher poetic power - so in three words: wow wow wow!!!!

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    Liz Elias 

    10 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Thanks you, "Someone." I'm glad you liked the poem.

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    10 years ago

    Nice...and go on.

    I came by chance, looking for the correct use of "a" or "an" before "unified" (thanks) and because of my love for literature i ended up in this pages.

    Good luck, from Argentina.


  • DzyMsLizzy profile imageAUTHOR

    Liz Elias 

    10 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Thank you very much, Micky Dee!

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    Micky Dee 

    10 years ago

    Wonderful! I always love the very, very ending as well! You're like all of the above. You reflect all the beauty ALL around! Write on!

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    Christine B. 

    11 years ago from Medina, Ohio

    This is great. Good Job!


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