Ballad of the Bouncing Self

Ballad of the Bouncing Self – by Harley White

 

Ballad of the Bouncing Self

 

 

At times I, like a butterfly,

May flit from bloom to bloom,

Or with my whimsy set sky-high

To outer space may zoom.

And yet, when all’s been said and done,

I follow what my fate has spun—

    For some may strive and ne’er succeed,

    While others simply do the deed.

 

A Muse impels me on a spree

Of whirling swirling craft

Where poems must not mean but be…

Until I’m going daft.

But words, albeit finely wrought,

Can only catch a passing thought—

   For some may strive and ne’er succeed,

   While others simply do the deed.

 

When my reality looks pale

I frolic in a theme

From vivid myth, folklore or tale,

Where dreams are what they seem.

And there where’er I romp and roam

I always feel a welcome home—

   For some may strive and ne’er succeed,

   While others simply do the deed.

 

I’ve often fallen to the ground

And picked myself back up.

I’ve hungered for a loving touch

And sipped from passion’s cup.

My longings, cravings ruled my will;

Still never could I drink my fill—

   For some may strive and ne’er succeed,

   While others simply do the deed.

 

A life led wrong, though full of song,

Will cause us to regret,

When pondering the winters long,

Our faults we can’t forget.

And then we’re washed in bitter tears

For senseless youth and wasted years—

   As some may strive and ne’er succeed,

   While others simply do the deed.

 

I said I want to live before

I die, in villanelle,

To learn where lies true wisdom’s door

And shun the gates to hell.

Yes, wayward ways can still begin

To seek and find the Way within—

   For some may strive and not succeed,

   While others simply do the deed.

 

 

– Harley White (July 4, 2014)

 

 

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Poem posted here…

http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/ballad-of-the-bouncing-self/

 

 

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