Jackie Allen


Time Of Reckoning - Poem by Jackie Allen

Yesterday, he fell into a vat of self 
pity, and with intent, stirred up the past...
drank of its bitter wine...
a pathetic, defeated man.

O, morning sun, be thou his true witness...
The hour of reckoning is knocking at
his door...He asks if life‘s rhyme is but a ruse,  
and he but a pale shadow?

Lo!   Stench of fame and depression walk hand
in hand... the face of his character has 
turned his song into a sickening 
shade of life gone wrong.

He’s never reflected on the mirror
that resides inside of him... never tried
out the best part of love to see if it fits,  
or how well it fits him.

Some days are like fading pages, tattered
torn.  He often wonders for what purpose
was he born, and, if it’s possible for him
to find life's meaning?


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I wrote this poem in the wee hours of 21 June,2013. I can't actually say that I was thinking of anything in particular that inspired me or motivated me, except that I like to start my mornings out by sitting at the computer and writing for two hours or so but for some
reason I woke up shortly after midnight so ended up writing this around 1: 30 a.m.

Sometimes I write a few words, some phrases, and send them to my 'working on file.' There I found a few ramblings in that 'working on file' which ended up making their way into this poem...'he but a pale shadow, ' and '.....sickening shade of wrong' which was ehhanced to fit the third stanza, as in the below:

'......the face of his characters has
turned his song into a sickening
shade of life gone wrong.'

Comments about Time Of Reckoning by Jackie Allen

  • (6/24/2013 6:01:00 PM)


    I'm glad you couldn't sleep; otherwise, you may never have written this wonderful poem. I so enjoyed it. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, June 21, 2013

Poem Edited: Saturday, October 5, 2013


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