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Nine years ago they asked us;
oh how young we were back then.
They asked us where we saw ourselves
ten years from that day's end.

I paused and thought of who I was
and who I wanted to be
and while the others made grand plans
I thought "It'd be nice to be happy.."

To wake each morning smiling
at the rising of the sun
to never have to shed a tear
or see the pain of anyone.

I never thought I asked for much
until life dealt a crooked hand
years in the hourglass flew by
like grains of falling sand.

I tried to make
my world a better place
not just for me
but for all who saw my face.

I stretched myself
thin as I could
helping those I met
when none other would.

Until I sit
where I do today.
With all I know,
so far away.

Thinking back,
nine years ago.
Nine winters worth
of fallen snow.

Nine years ago, they said to me
"we want to be rich, successful, free,
employed, in college, or a university"

Now I sit here
living their dreams
while my own tear
at my sanity's seams.

My wishes, hopes, are unfulfilled
and yet somehow, they are not killed.

Somewhere ahead
my road will end.
somewhere ahead
my life will mend.

Somewhere ahead,
past water and fire
I'll find the happiness
that I desire.
I don't usually write like this. It just came to me as I was wandering my campus at night. I started reflecting on old memories, and this just poured out of my mind and into the words you see here. I don't know how I feel about this one. It feels.. different. Different from what I usually write. Different from my usual inspiration. Olana wasn't guiding my pen strokes this time around..
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wallflower52 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Beautiful. The part where he/she still hopes that "somewhere ahead my life will mend" gives the poem a little bit of optimism in the end.

Also, the part with "I stretched myself thin as I could helping those I met when none other would" reverberates the character of someone I know.

All in all this poem makes you ponder on what truly makes people happy and what choices they have to make (or have made already). Then check back if those choices support the path that leads to happiness.
WeirdAndLovely Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Profound. I love it.
WithinItAll Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ThatFunnierPiece Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
It's interesting in terms of decision and outcome - as if happiness was best achieved by looking just away from it. This poem makes me think interesting thoughts, and for this I thank you.
shiek0 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I find that the unexamined life is not worth living. One of the reasons I write is to get people to think and question. Thanks for letting me know there are people like that still out there.
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