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Lines of Fortitude
by Francis DiPietro

Saturday, October 09, 2004
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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On the eve of breaking


crystallized points turn to slumber


within the nest of reason,


a comfort of an exclusive class


given to acts of mourning.


 


 


On the night of knowing


random reason leads a charge


toward the tower of principle


and finds within itself


remnants of a higher truth.


 


 


On the day of leaving


scattered signs align


although they aren't requested


and offer within their core


a glimpse of human frailty.


 


 


Upon the new foundation


wiser steps are taken


to preserve the precious union


between two souls of conscience


who wander through dark stars.


 


 


Upon the bright beginning


of reaching beyond old goals


it seems that we are sailors


and our hearts must construct


a tugboat or a raft.


 


 


It seems that we are sailors


who oft forget their harbor


as needful deeds demand


conduct most deceitful


to plot a winning course.


 


 


It seems that we are old souls


too numb to this voyage


yet too young to avoid


the simplest of mistakes


on any given path.


 


 


And all along the channels


there lurks familiar danger


lulled into complacency


by the rocking of waves


stirred by nearby crashes.


 


 


And gone without mementos


are faces once held dear,


our faces pay attention to


whatever color's near


and miss the stir of shadows.


 


 


 


 


On tugboats and rafts we glide


beyond the point of reason


and sanction our humanity


to favor nations over people.


 


 


 


 


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Reviewed by S H (Reader) 7/9/2005
Nice Poem.
Reviewed by Cristina Van Dyck 7/8/2005
Lovely and poignant. Thanks for posting this.
Reviewed by Tami Ryan 1/8/2005
Very nice piece, Francis.
Reviewed by jude forese 10/13/2004
very well written ... each verse is like a mini-poem ...
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 10/9/2004
U write pretty damn good stuff.
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