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What is Left... a poem

Updated on December 18, 2012
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What is Left

By Tony DeLorger © 2012


What is left,

when we mere mortals,

relinquish the will to overcome,

the capacity to survive,

and the courage to take life by the throat,

to squeeze ever last breath out of it.


We are then passive,

onlookers at best,

immersed in possibility without action,

reality without experience,

and delusion without qualm.


What is left of us,

without pain, joy and risk,

without dreams to drive the impossible,

without hopes to secure a future,

without love to nurture a thirsty soul.


We are then an empty shell,

a mechanism of habit,

a blind and weary traveller

on a straight and narrow path,

ever looking over our shoulder.


What are we in life,

a speck of light so unnoticed,

we are barely alive at all,

forever bleached by a harsh and constant sun,

in a world rigid and callous.


How sad we are in our negation,

our narrow-minded fear and paranoia,

hiding from ourselves,

treading water in an unrelenting sea,

a sea alive with possibility.


What is left of us when it's all over,

dust to dust, blood and fear,

when nothing has been,

nothing taken, nothing given,

just a black and white slide show of opportunity passed.


What are we but vessels of the infinite,

a blank and wordless book to write,

to fill with every second of heart and soul,

every moment of experience,

like a symphony to an angels ears.


We are everything, every purpose, every thought,

like a swirling world within worlds,

a macroscopic, microscopic extravaganza,

powerful but eloquent,

simple yet complex,

all resting on us, to do as we will.


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      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for dropping by dmop,; glad you enjoyed it.

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      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Great poem with insight into the intricacies of life. Voted up and awesome.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you appreciate my words, Leslie. Have a great day.

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      o, Tony- so close to the bone - such insight into the negative snowball effect society is suffering from and it's paralyzing,dis-compassionate results. So well done, sir!

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      You're too kind Rahul. Glad you found it thought provoking. Thanks again for your continued support.

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      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for dropping by Dyhannah, glad you connected.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Debbie, pleased you enjoyed it so much.

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      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Powerful verse My friend! You Sir are a genius...

      We mere mortal... alliteration at its powerful best

      Vivid images and messages you paint we make us question ourselves!

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      Dyhannah 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I love this deep question and what the inquiry provokes. Lovely. It is "like a swirling world within worlds". Very Beautiful.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Tony so beautiful

      I am sharing on Facebook

      Happy Memorial day

      Debbie

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad it inspired you Angelme566. Hope you enjoy some more of my work. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment

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      Angelme566 

      6 years ago

      A soul inspiring poem..love this line-What is left of us,

      without pain, joy and risk,

      without dreams to drive the impossible,

      without hopes to secure a future,

      without love to nurture a thirsty soul.

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      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you enjoyed it Dreamsinger; thanks for dropping by. Please feel free to do it again.

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      Erin Bradley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Beautiful poem - so much light and shade which evokes both feelings of helplessness, but also the desire to make the most of life! Thanks so much for sharing!

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