‘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 Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email.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.