survival of the fittest


  • Life
  • ,
  • Sadness

    survival of the fittest

    within a stolen moment
    this silenced wordsmith breathes
    a heartbeat to remember
    all that she now grieves

    survival of the fittest
    let the feeling take the fall
    grasping for that daily bread
    has made my spirit crawl

    I'm tired of surviving
    of somehow scraping by
    this desperation holds me down
    when my heart longs to fly

    I try to count my blessings
    at the end of every day
    but half price toilet paper
    should not inspire "hooray"

    what the hell am I doing here
    trying to shoulder the blame
    and pick up shattered pieces
    that only bring me shame

    this is not the life I want
    or the one I've tried to live
    but I lied with an I love you
    that I never had to give

    my heart a cold and silent tomb
    my mind so self-deceived
    hard and dark and lonely
    my guilt goes unrelieved

    self-loathing leads to martyrdom
    my secret sacrifice
    everything I could have been
    twisted to device

    and though I long to break away
    from the chains of all I've known
    I'm shackled by obligation
    destined to walk alone

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    Marsink commented on survival of the fittest


    This self-incrimination has a real flow! Your syllabic meter is dead- on, paired with the rhyme scheme. Then, of course, your language dresses the message beautifully! Applause building!!

    ginga commented on survival of the fittest


    tenderpoison, Your message shows the strength of patience. It seems a trap has been set and the subject yearns desperately to escape. A labored poem that speaks minions. ginga

    DiStefano commented on survival of the fittest


    Hi .. I haven't visited your page (or any, for that matter) in a while, but I really enjoyed this. Easy to read and understand ... nice flow ... and, I could soooooo identify with it. Awesome. Thank You.

    DeepEclipse commented on survival of the fittest


    Ah those last two lines. Reminds me of an old quote - (Only enemies get to be honest because friends are too attatched to duty). Its like the longer the lie exists, the further back the path towards truth becomes. Maybe even lost. Fitting title. Seems everything has its price. Even honesty. Enjoyed the read.

    cheronld commented on survival of the fittest


    Wow...doing the right thing but for whom...."whats good to you may not be good for you...and whats good for you may not be good to you"....Choices are made daily for the sake of children or a situation...but at some point you have to question is it right for you....great poem...Cher

    When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

    John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Thirty-fifth President of the USA

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