Treasure Island

Will Barber

(1948 / TX)

I'm Cool With That


Come praise the stars, the wind, the rain
That course the earth; come praise the pain
And pleasure that the years bring forth:
Praise every particle of the Universe.

Doubt denials of the flame
Which courses through the hearts of men:
The ones who lose, the ones who win,
Are indistiguishable, in the end.

The wretched and the fortunate
Will join each other in the dark
Those who were wrong, those who were right
Will join each other in the Light.

Light and Dark will alternate
Eternally: this is man's fate.
Come, laugh; come, commiserate.
Dance your day, and sing your night.

2006

Submitted: Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Edited: Monday, December 27, 2010

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  • Luis Gil (5/9/2009 6:17:00 AM)

    A message of acceptance and responsibility. A hymn of praise and affirmation of life. Very wise and balanced composition. It was a message I needed to hear. I wish I could feel the same way. (Report) Reply

  • Ernestine Northover (6/21/2008 2:44:00 AM)

    Couldn't have been written better. Beautiful piece which explains all. Your message is received and understood. Over and out.
    Love and hugs Ernestine XXX (Report) Reply

  • Ana Monnar (9/13/2007 8:56:00 PM)

    This has been a great day for finding great poems and this is one of them. Excellent literary piece. (Report) Reply

  • Tailor Bell (9/3/2007 9:42:00 PM)

    There is no line that is not a favorite in this...and (in my wittiest repertoire) my most favorite line has to be 'Doubt denials of the flame'. I may be taking it out of context (of course I'm known to do that) but this is the diamond point of your stylus for me, the mature kernel from which the rest sprouts. philosophical balance and a magnificent work, Will. -Tailor (Report) Reply

  • William Jackson (7/29/2007 11:11:00 PM)

    Well said, Will. It reminds me of Cool Tombs by Carl Sandburg, specifically,

    'Pocahontas’ body, lovely as a poplar, sweet as a red haw in November or a pawpaw

    In May, did she wonder? Does she remember? ... in the dust, in the cool tombs?

    Take any streetful of people buying clothes and groceries, cheering a hero or throwing confetti and blowing tin horns... tell me if the lovers are losers...
    tell me if any get more than the lovers... in the dust... in the cool tombs.' (Report) Reply

  • Robert Howard (2/4/2007 3:16:00 AM)

    Great poem. A beautiful affirmation of life told with effortless rhythm. Perfect title. (Report) Reply

  • Patrick Ladbrooke (1/25/2007 1:56:00 AM)

    This is really excellent Will, good philosophical content, and a sublime verse. Top drawer, good luck!

    Patrick (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn (1/23/2007 9:17:00 AM)

    Wow, amazing write... one of the best I've read on poemhunter! Brilliantly composed and superbly worded! Very, very 'cool.'
    Brian (Report) Reply

  • Uriah Hamilton (1/22/2007 6:44:00 PM)

    A very lovely spiritual poem, the good and the bad, different faces to the same coin of life.
    Uriah (Report) Reply

  • Original Unknown Girl (1/22/2007 10:40:00 AM)

    Stunning piece of prose, first of yours to read and it does not disappoint - far from it - most magnificent! HG: -) xx (Report) Reply

  • Esther Leclerc (1/18/2007 8:21:00 AM)

    And there is an end, so the last stanza really speaks to me... live it while you can (Can-Can) ... Love the flowww of this and the emphasis on hey, we really ARE one in our vulnerability... Wil(l) -Co(ol) ! Esther : ] (Report) Reply

  • Anna Russell (1/18/2007 5:36:00 AM)

    Wonderful write Will (howzat for alliteration!) . I'll be carrying that last line around with me.
    Hugs
    Anna xxx (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Fowler (1/18/2007 1:18:00 AM)

    Love the title! This is vintage Will Barber. Truly extraordinary!

    Warm regards,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • Sean North (1/17/2007 11:23:00 PM)

    FaTE aNd cHaNce iS a DeAdLy DaNcE, ThAnK GoOdNEss ThE PoEt wAs a
    'freeWILL' , FoR WiTh Out HyM WoRdS LiFe MiGHt WeLL NoT bE WoRth LiVin....sO iNdeEd anD woRd, i'M Cool WiTh ThaT, OnLy CoS, YoUR CooL liKe ThAt , MR WILL (Report) Reply

  • gone gone (1/17/2007 10:41:00 PM)

    Resplendent, transcendent and inter-dependent............beautiful write.......

    here's my song: AOWOOAHOOWAAOOOWOOOAAOOAAOOOOO! !

    Love, C. (Report) Reply

  • Preeti - is here! (1/17/2007 10:41:00 PM)

    The ones who lose, the ones who win,
    Are indistiguishable, in the end.

    ^^ So true. Those are my fav. lines in this poem!
    Very well written! (Report) Reply

  • Alison Cassidy (1/17/2007 10:34:00 PM)

    This is a wonderful poem about acceptance. Love the way you've contrasted the colloquial title with the hymn-like structure and flow of the piece. And your last line is spot on. love, Allie xxxx (Report) Reply

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