Juan Olivarez

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What Are We? - Poem by Juan Olivarez

After all is said and done,
What are we?
Are we gold or silver,
Or a sparkling diamond in the rough?
Are we precious jade,
Shining green as a forest,
In the morning sun?

We are the ash,
That comes forth,
And is spewed by,
Great volcanos,
And forest fires.

We are dirt, we are the leaves,
And the grasses of the Earth.
We are the compost,
On the ground.
We are the mulch,
That decays,
Deep in the forest's floor.
We are passing things,
We are mere fertilizer,
For the great gardener,
In the sky.
We are passing things.

3/20/11 Alton Texas

Comments about What Are We? by Juan Olivarez

  • (8/1/2018 6:11:00 PM)

    What are we ….and why we are here……a wonderful poem of the day…….Congratulations! A great spiritual write! (Report) Reply

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  • Lyn Paul (8/1/2018 4:00:00 PM)

    What Are We? and what is all this madness for?
    A beautiful write you have shared making us possibly accept leaving this earth.
    Douglas's comment was interesting.
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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (8/1/2018 2:10:00 PM)

    A great ode to the Divine, the God, You have presented it such wisely and so elegantly. A great poem of divinity praising the almighty.
    10+++ for the poem shared. Congrats for the POD.
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  • (8/1/2018 9:44:00 AM)

    Interesting perspective very down to earth... (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (8/1/2018 7:17:00 AM)

    What is said is right. At the end we are going to be with the gardener and he will use us as he likes. A nice philosophical drop about this short and useless life. Enjoyed. Congrats on being chosen as poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/1/2018 6:10:00 AM)

    A great philosophical poem nicely executed. Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Adrian Flett (8/1/2018 5:19:00 AM)

    We rise, flame and die give impetus to the future - all so well put. (Report) Reply

  • (8/1/2018 4:25:00 AM)

    Take a bow! Indeed we are passing things. (Report) Reply

  • Hassan Hayati (8/1/2018 1:35:00 AM)

    We are from soil, we will back to soil (fleshly)
    we are from the sky, we will back to sky (soul)
    congratulations for PoD. tittle chosen for this thoughtful poem
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (8/1/2018 12:54:00 AM)

    nicely penned on philosophical thought-

    everything and everyone we are
    but we were none and nothing and will be none and nothing!
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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (8/1/2018 12:50:00 AM)

    We are the ash/That comes forth/And is spewed by/Great volcanos, and forest fires......I profoundly admire the beauty of poetic expression! A great poem! Many Congratulations! (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (3/31/2018 8:16:00 PM)

    A great philosophic poem, we were energy transformed in matter and then we cooled enough and our hotness that did not end completely was changed in love. We are nothing else but love and I loved this thoughtful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Patrick (8/1/2017 10:54:00 PM)

    deeply rich with thought, some times people need to stop and think that all the mindless things of getting upset, lineups, not getting the right order, means nothing, we have to value what we have, and do what we love be for we return to the earth. Great choice of poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • (8/1/2017 9:35:00 PM)

    but is he using us wisely? (Report) Reply

  • Jeanette Telusma (8/1/2017 6:36:00 PM)

    Chosen as Poem of the Day with Great reason. Congratulations and thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (8/1/2017 4:31:00 PM)

    Very well written.
    Makes us look at the shy and ask, ' Why? '
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  • Sylvaonyema Uba (8/1/2017 4:02:00 PM)

    This is a poem that points out the absurdity of life.
    It opines the mystery of existence and existentialism.

    A well articulated and conveyed poem.

    Sylva-Onyema Uba.
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  • (8/1/2017 2:26:00 PM)

    We are souls encased in stardust and what is the soul made of? Love.. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard Snyder (8/1/2017 1:46:00 PM)

    An 'oldie' but goodie! Great poem. What a wonderful message to get my day started. Thank you, Juan. Also, congrats on your poem being chosen as 'POD'. Well deserved! ! (Report) Reply

  • Lantz Pierre (8/1/2017 4:26:00 AM)

    The great gardener in the sky? ? ? There is something that I can touch in nearly every line of this poem; it lays down a solid foundation. Everything necessary to build an impenetrable fortress to surround the soft vulnerable flesh of humanity. But ultimately the edifice becomes a castle in the air. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 20, 2011

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