Nathan Beery

Freshman - 671 Points (Aurora CO)

At The End - Poem by Nathan Beery

Ever hear a caged bird sing but set aflight upon a wing?
Man needs madness to set aflight, and chaos to drive delight-
Fly too high and fall too fast, staying still never lasts, then suddenly overtaken by the past-
Falling deep and falling fast, in those depths you come to drown-
Lose the burdens, flee the hound-
Lose your mind, dash it upon the ground, God! Lose it fast-
Else in life you'll never last
Directionless go, directionless be-
Every road seems to end in misery,
But even so, never stop and never slow-
Joy but lies in the places you go-

I found myself in a forest dark
Lost and fearful driven mad, terror-stricken hopeless too-
But even in that darkest dark, came the sing-song of a lark-
Guiding me out, leading me fast, til darkness filled the past-
And at the end, there wasn't light, for the bird I crashed upon,
Took a sudden flight-
I was met by tranquil night,
And in that solace found-
I saw some light gathered 'round-
Smaller still in sight to me than the overbearing sun that burns our wings-
At the end, I knew I'd see each one lost in the endless night,
Every star, embers of light-
As lost in shadow, as I had been, light, there; I know not when...

Topic(s) of this poem: insanity, life, nature

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 15, 2015

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