‘Ashamed I Will No Longer Be’ and Other Poetry by Firestone Feinberg The Society May 21, 2014 Beauty, Humor, Poetry Ashamed I will no longer be… Ashamed I will no longer be To write an older poetry — I have the right to reach for rhyme And make the most of measured time — While looked upon I am with scorn — And ridiculed — as per fashion — I recall many others torn Away from their deep heart’s passion By an ignorant and cruel crowd Who spew the usual nonsense Deriding us; as if license To judge was just to them allowed. Now suddenly my sight comes clear: What motivates these men is fear! Takes courage to defy the norm — And courage takes a frightful form. The boy of words who never had spoken… The boy of words who never had spoken Stood at the edge of a universe hurt And silently wept for dreams become cursed And daydreams and rainbows all but broken. Yes. Even these he had barely known — when Each one collapsed and each one deserted What had already been a damaged world — Where it seemed most everyone was no one. His tears turned to ice — and then to diamonds — A miracle wrought — and value declared — Despite the sad stillness of the moment… For beauty is beauty — never undone — Nor be so true wonder — the child of care — These — and love too — eternally present. Undone remain the greatest deeds… Undone remain the greatest deeds That man has in his power — Unplanted, too, the potent seeds That yield the peaceful flower — How long the time before the end? How short the song we sing? Until there be no more, my friend, Of that we dare to dream. A Poem Certainly Has a Nose A poem certainly has a nose — How else to smell a rose so sweet — As well, it surely must have toes: Necessity — for one with feet — Firestone Feinberg is a poet living in New York City. Featured Image: Still Life by Stone Roberts Related Post ‘A Love Sonnet’ by Jan Darling after the style of Petrarch The aching of your leave clings sadly, still And pangs of emptiness I lone endure But slowly I ascend towards love pure... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.