Treasure Island

gina prettybrowneyes


A Declaration of Character


they say hardships and tears and sweat built character
(it's mentioned at every closed opportunity and every stunning defeat)

you can build character by falling and climbing,
running and returning,
failing and never succeeding.
today,
I am officially over building character
I've got enough character to start my own third world country
I've built sky-scrapers of character
I've got my own bank and I invest character in the stock market
I'm going to start loaning it out to the character-deprived!
I'll learn how to knit and make character scarves to donate to
homeless shelters.

don't you understand?
I've got character seeping out my ears,
hiding under my bed.
and if I keep on building all this darn character,
soon I'll have no place to put it:
I'll have to start sending it to Mars via space rocket, or
making it into earth-friendly shoes

good grief world, do you get what I'm trying to tell you?
I'm THROUGH building character!
I'm THROUGH struggling and wishing and
wiping my red cheeks.
my character-run toyota hybrid will have to wait-
and character-land will have to disintegrate
because

I'm THROUGH building character.

Submitted: Thursday, May 15, 2008
Edited: Monday, February 23, 2009

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  • Catherine Rica Cosico (5/26/2008 6:03:00 AM)

    Building a character is such an accomplishment...but declaration of character is what the people will do for you...Great poem (Report) Reply

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