AuthorsDen.com   Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Sam Penny, iPamela Taeuffer, iPeter Rimmer, iAl Moe, iCheryl Wright, iR. Glenn Brown, iJay Dubya, i

  Home > Essays > Poetry
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Leland Waldrip

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Success story
· Books
· Articles
· Poetry
· Stories
· Blog
· 399 Titles
· 4,260 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Aug, 2001

Leland Waldrip, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.




Featured Book
Walking the World: Memories and Adventures
by Alan Cook

Named one of the Top 10 Walking Memoirs and Tales of Long Walks, by walking.about.com “As Tolkien said, not all who wander are lost. Alan Cook is a walker who is alwa..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Featured Book
The Real Thirteenth Step: Discovering Confidence, Self-Relia
by Tina Tessina

“A well written, important book that provides an invaluable corrective to the dependency orientation of the recovery movement. It lucidly points the way to the next step..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members



Popular Poetry (Essays)
  1.  Riptide
  2.  The Butcher Major Baker and the Good India
  3.  Love Me True
  4.  science fiction--or what?
  5.  Bad Boys and Sweet Girls





Attrition
by Leland Waldrip

Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.
Share   Print  Save   Become a Fan

Recent poems by Leland Waldrip
•  Stones
•  Stones
•  Favorite Hippocrites
•  F5's
•  Gone
           >> View all 299

I think this is at once the darkest poem I ever wrote — and the most optimistic.


 

 

Attrition subtracts from the whole,

Pieces fall away as time flows by,

Residual continues in reduced role,

Dwindling as more pieces die.

 

Such a case is the stream of life,

Yours and mine, all alive today.

Reproductive cells, utterly rife,

And only two not stripped away.

 

These two could be another two,

And ours have never met,

Our half-self or sibling true ,

Is what our parents might get.  

 

For our ancestors, was also true ,

However far we delve in the past,

Risks, even to conceptions, continue,

Quarter to a half die — are out cast.

 

Deliberate terminations take toll,

As do uncontrolled mother’s ills,

Premature births play a role,

And many fetuses, disease kills.  

 

Many diseases are DNA innate,

With genetic anomalies built in,

Babies born then, a status rate,

May’ve skipped attrition’s ash-bin.

 

At birth, long odds have been beat,

But childhood diseases still face,

With young adulthood a repeat,  

And late life’s ills give little grace.

 

Other perils with being a person:

Vast opportunities for bodily harms —

Muggings, robbery, murder, arson,

Accidents from autos and firearms.

 

Misappropriating laws of physics,

Like the biggies: gravity and inertia,

Electricity, or oxygen basics,

All these and more can “getcha”!

 

If none of these drop you dead,

Or leave you crippled and sad,

Number of years on your head,

Must eventually bomb your ballad.

 

But with all this mayhem inherent,

Look back in awestruck wonder.

You’ll see it’s not all abhorrent —

It’s luckiest of stars we’re under.

 

We could have been lost to another,

Or very early exited the world scene.

We could have missed life altogether —

Yet we star our movie — widescreen!

  

© 2009 R. Leland Waldrip

Rappahannock Books

Want to review or comment on this poem?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!


Reviewed by Ronald Hull 2/4/2009
Love your movie. Unfortunately attrition no longer equals production, weakening genetic strength and poisoning the Earth.

Still crippled, but no longer sad, awaiting the rage of age,

Ron
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/4/2009
You are a "thinker" Leland and those of us who are fortunate to read you are lucky indeed. Thank you for sharing your thoughts via your verses. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by C. J. Stevens 2/3/2009
A remarkably fine poem, and so deeply true. It is the kind of poem one reads over and over and nods with recognition.
CJ
Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.