Poetry is turning out to be a very cathartic medium, I should do this more often.
Set the Mood
Don’t be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn’t do what you do, or think as you think, or as fast. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today.
— Malcolm X
Don’t look at man like he is a waste,
Be the example of growth among death.
In decay is where we find fertility's breath,
A juxtaposition with macabre taste.
Hurry to the conclusion of acceptance and love,
To everyone gift your supple heart.
Condemn the hate they sowed from the start,
Because this is the way to prove you are tough.
He who offers nothing but reprieve,
Doesn’t judge by the mistakes of today.
Do what you must to stay out of the fray,
What is right, and simply believe.
You can be the shining in the saving light,
Do not burn out, at least for my sake.
Or perhaps you give into all the hate,
Think deeply before taking on our fight.
As above so it is below,
You are no exception.
Think like a tool and act as our weapon,
Or receive the crown of thorns which we shall bestow.
As in your life may it be paid evermore,
Fast to the punch, the trigger of a gun.
There was no respite, not even a one.
Was this your plan, glory and gore?
A beacon of hope now turned blinding,
Time taught us that you were just as frail.
When it came time for success, we couldn't help but fail,
You left us here in defeat so binding.
Didn’t it ever cross your mind?
Know you never had to battle.
What a burden, strapped to you a heavy saddle,
You chose fury over being kind.
Know that yesterday, and tomorrow we'll love you,
Today though, every today is the day you'll rue.
Juxtaposition, Could've Been Better
With this piece I really wanted to capture the juxtaposition of the way we treat modern-day heroes and role models. One day someone can be our savior, our guiding light, and one slight slipup causes everyone to rend that hero title away. The most interesting bit of the juxtaposition is that some people hold both negative and positive feelings at the same time.
I don't think I hit the mark I was aiming for, but I had fun trying anyways! Thank you to John Hansen for this really cool prompt!