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    I am resolved to live
    as one
    in the dawn of my own epic.
    Whilst in the shadow of expiration.

    And if for truth
    this life is,
    for me,
    not unlike the *Roses,
    sprung up amidst nefarious weeds.
    Forgoing longevity
    for righteousness sake.
    Imploring virtue.
    Denouncing our unmitigated shame,
    with chords plucked to strain.

    My duty?
    Un-compromised.
    My purpose?
    Undeterred.
    And even
    pressed upon the rack,
    compelled
    to speak the truth,
    unflinching.

    Though round me
    darkened minions bind,
    dole many stripes to bleed,
    find these crosses to bear
    if my soul
    declares the need,
    then,
    let it be.

    Lest dearth of mercy
    convict,
    to compassion's duties,
    found derelict,
    and thus,
    condemn the spirit to perish:
    as did our principles;
    as did our neighbours,
    thereafter.

    For we cannot be worse
    for better.
    We cannot heap curse
    and thrive.
    If ever the nation flourish,
    if ever the dream survive!


    * A reference to the White Rose, a non-violent group based in Munich, Germany, who conducted a leaflet campaign critical of Nazism, from 1942-1943.

    Several of its members were subsequently arrested, imprisoned, or executed.
    Last edited by DWAYNE; 03-17-2017, 10:23 PM.

  • #2
    I am resolved to live
    as one
    in the dawn of my own epic


    Great opening. A noble iteration of resolve, with a strong sense of drama. One wishes there were an apt setting for the declamation of such stirring oratory. This begs to be spoken aloud.

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    • DWAYNE
      DWAYNE commented
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      I had the vision of a great orator, like Martin Luther King Jr., in my head.
      Would that he were here, to be our champion, at such a critical time!

      Thanks for your kind words of encouragement.

  • #3
    Great testament to living life true to ourselves and principles.
    I especially appreciate the last verse
    Well done

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    • DWAYNE
      DWAYNE commented
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      Thanks for reading.
      Glad you liked it.

  • #4
    DWAYNE, I especially love the first 4 lines. You remind me of Albert Camus and so many of his quotes.

    Without true freedom and some kind of honor
    I cannot live.


    You are a remarkable human being! - Take Care, Tanner

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    • DWAYNE
      DWAYNE commented
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      Not quite Camus. Well short, but he is influential!

      Seems we've taken many of the same course!

      Thanks Tanner.

  • #5
    The first four lines !!! You have all the tools the greatest leaders ever did.

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    • #6
      Ah, what an incredible verse!!! I feel that words are inadequate to describe how moving this poem is -- each word of the poem captivates and entrances, and when woven together in this tapestry of truth, they are powerful indeed!

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      • DWAYNE
        DWAYNE commented
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        Tapestry of truth, I may weave something out of that!

        Thanks Prodigy!

    • #7
      Great opening then kept me hooked until the end

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      • #8
        Stirring, beautiful, epic feel - all Dwayne hallmarks ringing throughout.

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        • #9
          Great piece! I love this lines!

          "My duty?
          Un-compromised.
          My purpose?
          Undeterred.
          And even
          pressed upon the rack,
          compelled
          to speak the truth,
          unflinching."

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          • #10
            Truly inspiring!! You continue to inspire. Thank you.

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