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A Sleeper Has Awakened

Poetry is the food of the soul. It's my greatest contribution to the world and an area I can always grow.


I've become a ghost

To those who seek to feed upon my energy

To those who wish to step on my back

In their quest to rise above me

I've become transparent

To those who take without giving

To those who share endless complaints

While swimming in their self-created pools of negativity

I'm hidden in plain sight

Observing the parasites

The manipulators

Who with but a whisper bring chaos

Watching them in their orgiastic consumption

Destruction fueling their continued rage

Confusion their ally

Corruption their means of control

I've been reborn

A sleeper has awakened

Blind no more

I've risen above the bedlam

My armor no longer necessary

Hate banished from my existence

With eyes wide open

I tenuously take each step forward

No longer seeking the approval of the undeserving


Reaching my hands down to lift them up

Offering my most precious gifts

Asking nothing in return

Choosing to give

Instead of being demanded of

Sharing light with those living in darkness

Helping to reveal

Symphonies instead of noise

Inner peace instead of conflict

Harmony, Happiness, and Love


Catherine Mostly from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD on June 13, 2017:

I can't believe I missed the point of this poem... does this mean that you have stopped blaming anti-Trump peeps for everything and you're embracing love, happiness & harmony, now? If so, then you're right - I have seriously missed the point. :)

Ralph Schwartz (author) from Idaho Falls, Idaho on June 13, 2017:

Catherine- I'm saying this with as much love and kindness as possible - poetry is meant to inspire positive feelings, yet you seem hung up on always trying to condemn or push your opinions on others. Perhaps it is you who could find more value in these words over anyone else. Try to avoid persecuting others and casting stones of false judgement or assumption. You missed the entire point of the poem as well, but thank you for reading it!

Ryan from Louisiana, USA on June 13, 2017:

This is amazing and great work. Great detail in how humankind should be. Selfless and willing to help others without wanting something in return. Good descriptions and deep emotion. Terrific job!

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on June 13, 2017:

Wow! Loved it. You are truly the observer.

Catherine Mostly from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD on June 13, 2017:

It is definitely part of the awakening process to get things into perspective; and always admirable when you can peace in the midst of that kind of incredible persecution. But, when your view is that other people are feeding on your energy and being as cruel to you as you have expressed here - that is something you are allowing to happen. Taking responsibility for the things you attract to yourself is really step one. Lookup Law of Attraction. It will help you get things into perspective.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 13, 2017:

Wonderful writing, Ralph. It is a good message and goal to aspire to.. be a giver without having to be asked, and lift others up who may otherwise be wallowing in pity.

manatita44 from london on June 13, 2017:


You sure that you do not wish to take up poetry? I,m watching my back or perhaps you are ahead. A brilliant piece!!

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