Under a starlit sky, land of a forgotten day now lays
Full moon illumination, shows a rocky path ahead
Down the ravines, past towering sentinels of evergreen
Ancient mythical words, creation screams with wonder
Whispers on the wind, words I can not comprehend
Trying to speak, my tongue dances behind my lips
A vision of you, rises before in silent beauty
My heart thunder drums, the love I feel escapes in waves
Lost inside my mind, you turn and quietly walk away
To hear you speak, the truth when we believe the lies
No regrets, O’me, O’life…
The words I wanted to say

~Mark Schutter ©2014

The above poem was written for Kellie Elmore’s #FWF.  The following is the speech, and it is your FWF prompt. What will your verse be?

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?” — John Keating (Robin Williams) Dead Poets Society

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  1. “To hear you speak, the truth when we believe the lies”
    Lies used to manipulate and control. It would be nice to know which are lies and which are truths.

    1. Thank you Dorothy! Just been keeping a low profile lately, but this prompt ignited a spark within me! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  2. Oh how I love it when a prompt I have chosen births something amazing. And this is just that…amazing. I was enveloped in your words. Stunning work. So very happy to see you back this week, Mark. Thanks so so much!

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