John Kipling Lewis

Rookie (3/12/1968 / Manhattan, KS)

Felt - Poem by John Kipling Lewis

Unmortored brick wall,
ivy pushing block from
crack, there we hid and

Our secret fort,
twice invaded.

Once by a girl.
Once by jealousy.

Two decades pass and the
fortress remains, the invasions
destroying our esprit de corps.

I fold our hand sewn felt flag
and lay it upon your grave,
formally as my military
training has taught me.

I salute you properly,
as I would another soldier.

While you waited back here,
did I hope I would simply die?

Comments about Felt by John Kipling Lewis

  • (11/5/2007 10:41:00 PM)

    You lose me at the start but then the rest drew me in. I just think the start needs to be redone, to make it a perfect 10. (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (11/5/2007 2:29:00 PM)

    7. This has details and images, so it works more. It could use even stronger details and images, but it's a good start. Side note: proper spelling is 'unmortared.' (Report) Reply

  • (8/3/2007 6:48:00 PM)

    Another good one. Keep it up! (Report) Reply

Read all 3 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: Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  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]