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strange thing
sparrow

Life is a strange thing.
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every day we walk, in circles,
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build sand castles and dream
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of an emerald palace.
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every day we try
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to forget how moments silently slip
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from present to past, slip
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through our fingers, how winds
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will carry our castles away,
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grain by grain, for good,
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for good.
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every day we try,
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to be sensible and
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sensitive to other's
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sensitivity.
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every day we try,
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to score points in empty baskets,
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to collect things,
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like knowledge and glances
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from a pair of pretty eyes.
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Why, do we do this, why
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do we try, every day,
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to make a whale out of a goldfish?
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Why, do we try to walk, over water
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and fire, why do we color
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our faces, with masks to hide
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our tears and kisses to make our hearts grow
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out of proportion?
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Life is a strange thing.
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This poem is a question, maybe you can find an answer.

18 May 06

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oh, the dreaded use of the all encompassing we
but you don't speak for me.
i don't find life strange
or romantic

otherwise nice descriptions, well written
 — unknown

all poems are questions, and in answering we find a new way to read it.  Example: isn't the final line a question (Life is a strange thing.)?  How strange can it be if billions of humans live it and more than that of animal life do as well?  Isn't life the status quo?  Questioning life is the strange thing.  Questioning others lives is the stragnge thing.  Writing poetry is the strange thing (thanks for doing it though).
 — boromir4121

Thanks for your comments!
first to unknown: sorry about sounding "all encompassing"... "we" doesn't have to touch all though, only those who see themselves as a part of it, of the "we".

and boromir(who's one of my favorite characters btw): I really liked your comment, very poetic. The idea of life being the status quo is really interesting. and isn't it true that the "strange things" are the things we love and cherish most (including writing poetry:-)

~sparrow
 — unknown

what do you guys think about the goldfish in line23? does it match?
 — sparrow

holy shit excuse the language but i found myself relating all the way, most at the end. the footnote has so much point i can't believe it.
 — listen

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