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    This is one of the favorite of my poems and i look forward to your comments.



    Archimedes, Plato
    Da Vinci, Ptolemy
    Newton, Galileo
    Aristotle, Socrates
    Alexander, Charlemagne
    Caesar, Genghis Khan
    Time outwits the wisest brain
    And defeats the greatest brawn

    Zeus fell off his crumbled throne
    Alexandria’s Lighthouse fell
    Babylon’s Gardens are overgrown
    The Colossus bowed as well
    The Trojan wall, Titanic’s hull
    And Babel’s grand estate
    All of mans’ ambitious plans
    Succumb to the same fate

    History’s most exalted nations
    Lie in the ruins of themselves
    Their most profound creations
    Lie unused on museum shelves
    Tell me, what is there that exists
    That time in turn won’t take
    The hands of time are clenched like fists
    Destroying all we make


    Withering


    The lives of mice and kings
    Are but dust blown in the wind
    Passing without any thing
    To mark their start or end
    Sand through the eye of an hourglass
    Their brief lives hasten through
    They glimmer briefly as they pass
    Then disappear from view

    Our lives are like an ocean wave
    Which at first no force impedes
    So thus we make an entry brave
    But then timidly recede
    Each succeeding generation
    Rising and falling as the tide
    Turbulent in their formation
    But then reserved as they subside

    Our lives are but a candle wick
    Whose flame now standing proud
    Will spend itself in hindsight quick
    Then dimly flicker out
    What an overwhelming shame
    If all that men endeavor
    Is but a momentary flame
    That is extinguished then forever


    Withering


    So hold on tight to what you love
    Enjoy it while you can
    For soon time like a vagrant, gruff
    Will steal it from your hand
    The things that we now cherish
    Everything that we call prized
    Will all too quickly perish
    In the blinking of an eye
    The very lives we’re living
    Are a drip within the sea
    So enjoy them while they’re given
    For soon they too will be
    Withering
    Last edited by BiocideJ; 08-02-2018, 02:04 PM.

  • #2
    Man might wither but deeds live on, they are left to judged by those that care. In most cases not to be repeated. For mans objectives remain subjective. It's a very well done poem indeed, a point left to debate.

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    • #3
      After watching a tribute to Stevie Wonder the other night, I can't help thinking of his legacy and Martin Luther's. Legacy's never wither. Love your Poem.

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      • #4
        Gratuitously bumping this.

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        • #5
          People and things pass, but evidence of their choices and actions cause ripples in the time they live and beyond. All the more reason to do our best with the time we have.

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          • #6
            I can see why it's one of your favorites as the bible says at Isaiah 40:2 the nations are but a film of dust on the scales

            job 14:2 He comes up like a blossom and then withers away;
            He flees like a shadow and disappears.

            but it's what we do with the amount of time we have. Nicely done in expressing the same futility all experience.

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            • #7
              many thoughtful references and phrases. really great poem

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              • #8
                Seamless rhymes, timeless story, all returns to dust and withers, except eternity and infinity.

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                • #9
                  Excellent! Well done! BiocideJ I especially like this portion:

                  Zeus fell off his crumbled throne
                  Alexandria’s Lighthouse fell
                  Babylon’s Gardens are overgrown
                  The Colossus bowed as well

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