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Lenrie Peters (The Fence)


There where the dim past and future mingle
their nebulous hopes and aspirations
there I lie.

There where truth and untruth struggle
in endless and bloody combat,
there I lie.

There where time moves forwards and backwards
with not one moment’s pause for sighing,
there I lie.

There where the body ages relentlessly
and only the feeble mind can wander back

there I lie in open-souled amazement

There where all the opposites arrive
to plague the inner senses, but do not fuse,
I hold my head; and then contrive
to stop the constant motion.
my head goes round and round,
but I have not been drinking;
I feel the buoyant waves; I stagger

It seems the world has changed her garment.
but it is I who have not crossed the fence,
So there I lie.

There where the need for good
and “the doing good” conflict,
there I lie.

Submitted: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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  • Freshman - 1,308 Points Babatunde Aremu (11/12/2013 3:20:00 AM)

    Thank you for reminding of this poem. I was opportuned to study it for my School cert exams in the late 70s. Great work (Report) Reply

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