Erin Cowart

The Smolder

I have a safe life
We all want safe
Get a little job
Pay a little bill
With just a little paycheck
That will never be enough to buy
Freedom

We play at freedom
Convinced that we have no chains
Only to find in the quiet moments
That life is chains
And that is the secret
We can never speak

If we utter the truth
It would break us
So we live little lives
And teach our children to be little
When the whole point was to be big

The whole point was
There was no point
The answer to life is
To be life
To be so big that there is no room for anything else

Not many people can do that
People are content to be small
Content with just enough
Being just enough
Doing just enough
So that they do not have to see or be seen

The most dangerous man
Realizes this
And sets fire to his life
Walks away while the ashes
Of what was his life
Are still smoldering

We should all smolder
Once in our lives
I haven't had a good smolder
In years
Maybe ever

Somedays I am brave enough
To pick up the matches
Strike them
And wonder what
Would happen if I just
Let them fall

Other days
I cannot find a fire
Or desire
And even a flamethrower
Could not set my world ablaze

Perhaps one day
I will stop being shit
And burn the whole thing down
Quietly walk away
And be big in a small world

But today I sit
At my little job
To collect a little paycheck
To pay a little bill
And dream of freedom

Topic(s) of this poem: freedom

Poem Submitted: Thursday, June 18, 2020
Poem Edited: Friday, June 19, 2020

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Comments about The Smolder by Erin Cowart

  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (6/26/2020 3:22:00 PM)

    Erin, < - - - Such a strong and well-written poem deserving a 10 but I do not rate new poets until they have been here for a while. Welcome to Poem Hunters!

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (6/26/2020 3:22:00 PM)

    I love how the opening and closure are almost mirror images of each other but so importantly not. Excellent control! The poem addresses an important topic but personalizes it which makes it stronger.I agreed vigorously with - - -> People are content to be small / Content with just enough
    Being just enough / Doing just enough / So that they do not have to see or be seen

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