Join Free! | Login 

   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

Signed Bookstore | Authors | eBooks | Books | Stories | Articles | Poetry | Blogs | News | Events | Reviews | Videos | Success | Gold Members | Testimonials

Featured Authors: Regina Pounds, iGwendolyn Moore, iCraig Hartpence, iKaylin, iPaul Ulasien, iJay Onwukwe, iC Schutter, i
  Home > Poetry > Poetry
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Odin Roark

  + Follow Me   

· 1,184 titles
· 4,407 Reviews
· Share with Friends!
· Save to My Library
Member Since: Jul, 2008

   My Blog
   Contact Author
   Read Reviews

· Perceptions


· Prosetry at Work

· Said and Unsaid - Vol 1


Short Stories
· Pockets

· Poetic Injustice

· Letter To Friends

· Cave Cracks

· Bubble Choices

· Surreal Dummy--Still Here

· IT

· Faux Companion

· Take Me, I'm Free (Flash Fiction)

· Beer Neck Flower

· Kant's Effore To Resolve Hume's Epistemological Skepticism

· Discipline of the artist

· The Dogs of Sochi

· A Crow With Super Smarts

· Targets Be Warned

· Simple Times (an observation)

· Cavemen in Tuxedos (an editorial)

· Ghost Town Ghosts

· Note to Self

· Essay on Poetic Theory

· Future Voice Silenced

· Desperation Calling Out

· Duped By The Present

· Strikingly Naked

· Slippery Banana Peel

· Noiseless Thunder

· We Sometimes Weep

· Happiness Is...

· Maybe Tomorrow Night?

· MIrror, Mirror...

         More poetry...

Odin Roark, click here to update your web pages on AuthorsDen.

Books by Odin Roark
  Reinvention, You Say
by Odin Roark
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Rated "PG" by the Author.

Share   Print   Save

Recent poems by Odin Roark
•  Future Voice Silenced
•  Desperation Calling Out
•  Duped By The Present
•  Strikingly Naked
•  Slippery Banana Peel
           >> View all 1,117

It’s difficult to remain unchanged by events and people fully experienced, and if intense enough, to eventually entertain a reinvention of self… someway. Sometimes all it takes is a sincere conversation with self.

Reinvention, You say

You finally departing LA
Was an epiphany
Come 40 years late
You say

Like spreading your arms
You say
Jumping from the garage roof of your youth
And flying

It was possible
You say
No longer some fantasy
To spread one's wings
To float freely
Buoyant in an ether
Void of gilded streets
Noisy egos
All-night misery clubs
And imprisoned mornings
Hangover hell
You say

The nightmare that was yours
Dreamed with impoverished adolescent verve
Now but a palm-tree campus back then
Where so much what-not-to-learn
Was ingested with scholarly passion
Convinced that summa cum laude for Hollywood
Meant you beat the odds
Groveled through snot and razor wire in your escape
With a modicum of dignity
You say

The city will one day be ready to visit again
Its gregarious pomp
And plenty of circumstance
No longer of deafening noise
Its slippery handshake
No longer able to hold in place
The man that finally broke loose from
The garage roof
And soared
Knowing that the day
Of departure vanished forever
Serving but as memory
For reinvention
You say

That's what I say


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 8/23/2012
Welcome to the Hotel California! Looks like one flew over the cuckoo's nest. That's what I say. I've been wanting to get out of here for the past thirty years. Doesn't look like I'll make it. It's funny the ruts we get in when in the past we never let moss grow on our Rolling Stone.

Really dig this one. Nothing Manhattan about it.

Reviewed by richard cederberg 8/23/2012
That's what I say"
and indeed you said it well, Odinsan; a fountainhead of insight in your work of late. You might say a 'summa cum laude' poem. And I so freaking relate; especially in the last year. We all have those seasons when fighting (until we bleed and groan) seems the right thing to do. Lord knows i've done this quite well; I fought in the music world for over twenty years and then one day I walked away from it all completely. Somehow what was once ablaze with passion slows, or vanishes, or morphs into something more manageable. it's good we retain the memories of all those seasons; like a rulebook for what not to do anymore. Health, (mental and physical) and happiness, is far more important than anything else. peace ...
Reviewed by Laurel Lamperd 8/22/2012
People do outgrow themselves, become different people as age overtakes them, develop quieter interests. I see this through your poem. Laurel
Reviewed by John Flanagan 8/22/2012
"...through snot and razor wire"
both worth escaping for sure, but
holding on to some dignity however meagre
is part of salvation and an opportunity
to find ourselves in another place and time
and at a different level

Thank you, Odin.

Popular Poetry (Poetry)
  1.  Ostrich Ride and other Tales
  2.  Alice
  3.  the wolf
  4.  The Blessed Blanket
  5.  Gonna Be A Flirt
  6.  A Prisoner's Freedom
  7.  Miss Understood
  8.  A Perfect Day
  9.  Gold-digger
  10.  A Poem for my Paula

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.