Alyssa Marquardt

Rookie (april 16,1994 / eureka california)

I Love A Man - Poem by Alyssa Marquardt

What is success?
Is it money-
or passing life's test?
Is it getting what you want?
Or wanting what you've got?

I want the world to love me.
I want to stand out;
I'm scared to be the girl next door.
Scared to be number 10,004.

How many lives does it take
to be a hero?
I may never know.

Progressive leader,
Business leader,
or a leader of my child?
or relatively mild?

A three piece suit-
A long pencil skirt.
Or black slacks
and a tie-dye shirt.

Small town girl,
Scared shitless of the real world.
Stepping into the war,
This klutz has lost her bullet proof vest.
This klutz suddenly feels oppressed.

I love a man
who lives on the streets.
I love a man
with slowing heartbeats.
I love a man
with a hundred dollar bottle of wine.
I love a man
who stands in the unemployment line.

And I must find love for myself
As I have for my neighbor.
No matter how hard it may be,
I must love myself
For my everyday struggle,
My love,
My laughter
And my labor.


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 21, 2011

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 21, 2011

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