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  Haughty Vapors
by J. Allen Wilson
Sunday, December 25, 2005
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On The Road To sees many things

Haughty Vapors


We are all just tiny vapors in an immense stellar sea.

We are here like a whisper, and then we pass into eternity.

I watch with dismay at all the vapors in this time of my life,

And I shake my head in heavy sadness,

as some vapors think of themselves so high.

Oh, what it is to see this most sordid affair

When all the haughty vapors put on the air.

They puff themselves up into this mighty cultural scheme,

failing to realize that they are not much more than a fleeting dream.

For if they only knew, they would understand…

They are really nothing more that self gratifying puffs of steam who only puff up on demand


J. Allen Wilson © 12-25-2005

On The Road To Tybee Island



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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 6/21/2006
good one
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 12/26/2005
not sure of the precise "inspiration" for this one, but it is brilliantly worded, Allen. and I'm glad to see you're headed for Tybee, which always seems to inspire you. Many blessings to you and Leah in the new year. Dawn
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 12/26/2005
Not sure who you are speaking of here, could be someone personal, someone politicall, or just a metaphor for stupidity. Thing is, although we are just puffs of smoke we still need to do what we must to survive until we are carried away by that gust of wind. Saying that, as we struggle with life's problems, we sometimes become a bit pompous.
Reviewed by jude forese 12/26/2005
eventually these "cultural" vapors will dissipate while refined vapors will reconstitute ... like ET said, clever word play and "solid" symbolism ...
Reviewed by E T Waldron 12/25/2005
Very clever word play and content Allen! Love this imaginative poem.
Reviewed by J. Pajot 12/25/2005
It is a shame that some "vapors" think their steam doesn't stink. I guess some folks just need to feel important...well worded and nicely stated. Liked this one a lot. Best of all things to you,

Reviewed by Ed Matlack 12/25/2005
And if those same vapors could speak, they would probably say to you...PUFF ON! ED
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