David S Dennis

(83) Damn Willing - Poem by David S Dennis

Dead headed
Lurching by the
Whining wires
On shabby metal poles
And pasted paper signs
A ruin of a man
His furtive glance
From hunted haunted eyes
A cold and loveless absence
Removed from desperation
A life of moments
And the moment holds no life

A world not mine
But close
When morning optimism fades
No grace remains
And all of life is barren
Death is nothing
Death is peace

But no
I have a brain
That holds a memory
Of a word suggesting
This will go away
And the fantasy of mirth and joy
And laughter love and happiness
Leaves me doubt enough
To hope that maybe
It could come again
But am I willing it
Oh yes
My God I am

Comments about (83) Damn Willing by David S Dennis

  • Melvina Germain (4/10/2007 12:29:00 AM)

    A very powerful poem here Dennis, the power of the mind is amazing. Thankyou David---Melvina--- (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (11/27/2006 10:13:00 AM)

    I wish that everyone who struggles with hopelessness could read this... Hold on to that memory of hope, of possibility... You say it all, both sides, and you say it so veryvery well. Wishing you peace and love, Esther (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (11/22/2006 12:41:00 PM)


    I agree with Alison's comments. I have been thee to the point of no obvious possible return. But climbing out of the hole (or trench) is ... edifying! You touched me.


    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (11/22/2006 12:03:00 AM)

    Atmospheric, determined, optomistic and powerful in that. A fine composition. t x (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (11/21/2006 9:13:00 AM)

    You sound most definitetly willing Mr Dennis! I like this one, it has an air of positivity about it, just what I needed today. Thank you, I too shall will it! ! HG: -) xx (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (11/17/2006 9:43:00 PM)

    This is a wonderful piece about the power of mind to pull the body back from the depths of despair. The poem is articulate and well balanced, the images are strong and believable and the conclusion shows courage and resolve. I found it very inspiring. Welcome to Poemhunter. Warmly, Alison. (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
Read all 6 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poem Submitted: Friday, November 17, 2006

Poem Edited: Saturday, November 20, 2010

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  7. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]