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    Palmer - Poetry Contest (90) Winner

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    I take this path
    By Palmer


    I'm Percy Wade-------------------------------I'm Selina Myles
    Just your average man------------------------Maybe something new
    I choose to live my life------------------------I choose to live my life
    Just because I can----------------------------For goals I must pursue

    I try to find the reasons-----------------------I choose to make the purpose
    To do things I do-----------------------------To do the things I should
    Just to pass the seasons?---------------------Not the things that hurt us
    I find this to be true---------------------------But to do all kinds of good

    There was this one girl------------------------There was this one boy
    Who taught me to be frank--------------------Who taught me how to dream
    The facts of life she all unfurled-----------------The fun of life and adventure's joy
    I have her to thank----------------------------And the meaning of extreme

    It was all eternities ago-----------------------It was not very long ago
    When I was but a child-----------------------When I was young, forlorn
    I would trot around and play in snow----------I would play alone and bask in woe
    Mulling of worlds so wild----------------------Living life to mourn

    ---------------------We would knock at each other's doors-----------------
    ---------------------To spend some time together-------------------------
    ---------------------We'd laugh out loud and hide in drawers---------------
    ---------------------Just like birds of a feather----------------------------

    I would dream of knights and mystic swords---I would dream of nights on empty streets
    In a land of nymphs and magic----------------Looking for a way home
    Dragons aloft and stentorian hordes-----------Shadows astray on cold concrete
    And deaths by no means tragic----------------And dubious phantoms roam

    But my ideals were not perpetual--------------But my despondence was ephemeral
    And the naivete did not last-------------------And the anguish did not last
    Now I see things factual-----------------------Now I renounce the natural
    And no longer cling to the past----------------And eye a world so vast

    As the moons bleed a varnished crimson-------As the suns rejoice a mellow hue
    Black and White collide------------------------White and Black collide
    A forgotten deed is tarnished in prison---------A cherished choice bellows askew
    And the road I took has died------------------And the roads alas, divide

    Will the roads meet again?--------------------Will the roads meet once more?
    The answer I don't know----------------------I'm sure they will one day
    But I shall live my life till then-----------------And if they part just like before
    And wait until I go----------------------------To join, they'll find a way
     
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    Well played worthy adversary. Fantastic concept. A beautiful example of the power of aesthetics and presentation. A neat take on the theme. An example to all that poetry is often much more than semantics and of what a creative mind can achieve.
     
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    I thank you for the slew of respect, but alas I feel that I haven't met the conditions that we had agreed upon earlier. It burdens me that the set theme for the contest was one that I suggested because I was stuck at a crossroads in a traffic jam; with a pen and paper in hand (7 hours in a bus). At that time, I was already brainstorming about a poem (and a novel) since I had nothing to pass the time. The fact that I came from an 8-hour long leadership seminar contrasting optimism with pessimism, and idealism with realism doesn't help lighten the mental handicap either. I would have preferred it if we had this duel under even circumstances. So to get this burden off my chest, shall we call this a draw, or would you rather promise me a rematch for the 100th contest? That, I would be looking forward to. :)
     
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    Congratz Palmer, great poem!
     
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    Congrats Palmer, you truly deserve it. I loved every bit of this poem (specially the meaning behind colors). You are awesome. :)

    PS: Thank god you didn't choose to write about traffic jam instead. :p
     
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    Congratulations, Palmer! It really is a nice poëm. :)
     
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    Thanks everyone, I feel refreshed. :)
     
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