Juan Olivarez

Silver Star - 3,586 Points (september 12 / nyssa oregon)

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

  • (12/4/2016 9:13:00 PM)

    Wow Juan. Amazing. Sorry it took me so long to find this one.
    Love the depth and truth of that line, We are passing things. So true!
    You are a real poet my friend, my hat is forever off to you.
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  • Rajnish Manga (8/2/2016 12:16:00 AM)

    The philosophy of life explained aesthetically. Thanks and Congrats on the day's honours. (Report) Reply

  • Elisabeth Wingle (8/1/2016 9:23:00 PM)

    Very profound truths.we are the earth and the earth is us. Congrats on poem of the day. Well deserved (Report) Reply

  • Bernard Snyder (8/1/2016 9:12:00 PM)

    Great poem! I often asks the exact question. Well deserved as 'poem of the day'! (Report) Reply

  • Adeline Foster (8/1/2016 7:45:00 PM)

    Good poem. Will comment later.
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  • (8/1/2016 6:55:00 PM)

    We are mere passing thing. A small bloom in the Gardner's yard. Hope fully a pleasant one for his eyes. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/1/2016 3:49:00 PM)

    We are the ash! And, out of the soil we were made. Nice piece of work. (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (8/1/2016 1:48:00 PM)

    A great poem reminding us that we belong to this earth and one day return to it.Our vanity does not last.Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (8/1/2016 11:22:00 AM)

    From dirt we rose
    To dirt we return
    An eternal truth
    All must learn..........

    Great poem of yours sir....I invite you to my page too
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  • (8/1/2016 11:19:00 AM)

    Congrats for bringing forth the truth that human is a part and parcel of flora and fauna created by the almighty and in spite of thinking power /intellect inducted in him, he is nothing more or nothing less. Congrats on member port of the Day too. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (8/1/2016 10:00:00 AM)

    Very well written, Juan. Congrats on having it chosen as poem of the day! (Report) Reply

  • (8/1/2016 9:35:00 AM)

    A very profound write with great imagery , an enjoyable read (Report) Reply

  • Juan Olivarez (8/1/2016 9:12:00 AM)

    Thank you everyone, for your most kind comments. I am deeply honored and humbled. Be well. You have made an old man very happy. (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (8/1/2016 9:07:00 AM)

    Excellent write and very profound and pithy - full of wisdom. (Report) Reply

  • Lenny Camacho (8/1/2016 8:32:00 AM)

    we are merely a dust particle crussin through the light that gets in through the window... nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Rgarwal Rahul (8/1/2016 7:59:00 AM)

    excellent on the future of man....

    it is a tale told by an Idiot....shakespeare.

    congratulation for POTD..
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  • (8/1/2016 7:53:00 AM)

    So much a do about nothing,
    So much effort
    And at the end,
    Not even a shadow is left

    At least beautifully done and completely said here, by a very fine poet.
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  • Glen Kappy (8/1/2016 7:28:00 AM)

    juan, since i have a poem Who are We? which asks within it What are we? i was drawn to read this poem of yours. it's important to ask these most basic questions. thank you for your thoughts here, and, if you would, i'd be interested in your response to my poem. -glen kappy (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (8/1/2016 5:49:00 AM)

    We are nothing but a specific and unique assortment, just like any other animal or a tree or a fish, of all common elementary stuff borrowed from the nature. Quite inspiring and thought provoking. Congrats for being the POD. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (8/1/2016 4:18:00 AM)

    Congrats for the POTD honor.....Excellent thought provoking poem.
    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?
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