Juan Olivarez

Silver Star - 3,722 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

  • 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

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  • (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? '
    (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • Tom Allport (8/1/2017 3:36:00 AM)


    a wonderful poem that gives meaning to the saying ashes to dust etc? ..................well written. (Report) Reply

  • (8/1/2017 1:59:00 AM)


    This is a profound poem. With wise words. Colorful imagery. Food for thought. And inspiration. Inspired me to write:

    We Are

    We are
    The gift
    Of Life
    Bestowed
    Upon
    Mortals
    By God

    Sir, your poem is truly worthy of Poem Of The Day. Congratulations, Juan! ! !
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  • Bharati Nayak (8/1/2017 1:40:00 AM)


    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 passing things,
    We are mere fertilizer,
    For the great gardener,
    In the sky.
    We are passing things.
    - - - - - - - -A stunning write, thanks for sharing.
    (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (8/1/2017 1:31:00 AM)


    From dust to dust..... Great poem... congrats on being chosen.. Rated 10++++ (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/1/2017 12:18:00 AM)


    CONGRATULATIONS! This is very nice to see your stunning and marvelous poem here as the poem of the day. This is time to think really what are we. For the great gardener in the sky we are passing things. Our bodies become ash and merge in soil but we souls incarnate we are eternal conscious being....10 (Report) Reply

  • (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.
    Peace...
    (Report) Reply

  • 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.
    Adeline
    (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (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

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 20, 2011



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