Alice Perfect


Am I Passing A Torch Or Reaching For One? - Poem by Alice Perfect

what comes upon you with 'age'
aren't we all born with age
some certainly have more than others,
some want more, others want less
it seems to me, like a great big mess

Where is the point when we reach out
to seize the torch or pass it on?
20's I was grabbing,30s grabbing
with both hands,40s securely it
tightly in my powerful hands,
50s feeling my grip start to relax a bit

who will take this torch?
I've seen the way
and know where to go now

who will take this torch
and hold it high
so all shall see,
and let no man die

hold it out and illuminate
don't guard it well
behind lock and gate

share the flame and light many others
enlighten all paths
for all are Brothers

Topic(s) of this poem: love


Comments about Am I Passing A Torch Or Reaching For One? by Alice Perfect

  • Kelly Kurt (11/19/2015 12:35:00 PM)


    Very poignant. I will be thinking about this poem for some time. Thanks (Report) Reply

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  • Daniel Brick (11/15/2015 8:10:00 AM)


    You take the ancient metaphor of the torch, symbolizing the illumination spread by whatever cultural values it represents, like fair play, education, honest effort, excellence, and use it to comment on the time of transition.
    I admire the unadorned honesty of your description of grasping the power the torch confers - when you were younger. But now you willingly surrender that power to the next generation's representatives, no jealous hoarding of power. That's a clear signal to younger people: It's time for you to take responsibility. I was a teacher for 34 years and this poem has helped me understand more deeply what I was doing with and for those kids for a generation.
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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/15/2015 12:33:00 AM)


    And with love life is ageless.......Nicely written poem Mr. Agape....Loved it.10+++ (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 15, 2015



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