Treasure Island

Juan Olivarez

(september 12 / nyssa oregon)

I Will Conquer


I will conquer,
Though I be grey, and old, and bent.
And though I wobble here and there.
Though the paint is faded now,
And on the surface, many dents.

I will perservere,
though it hurts to live, with many cares.
when worry lines cover my brow.
When arthritic fingers are locked in place,
And a lack of hunger, which is so rare.

And I will fly,
And on a different plane appear.
And then I will never die,
there will be no more pain, nor grief.
No longer tired or sad, or anything to fear.

10/29/13 Alton Texas

Submitted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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  • Valerie Dohren (11/24/2013 5:36:00 PM)

    An excellent write Juan, a great philosophy to aspire to. Especially like the last verse. (Report) Reply

  • Marie Shine (10/29/2013 8:36:00 AM)

    I love the determination in the title of this excellently inked write and I also love the simplicity with which the poem is expressed, it makes it most appealing to me. Good use is made of alliteration and the visual detail is stunning, painting a picture of age so finely for your reader and all that aging involves. The third verse brings the poem together for me, describing how on a different plane, there will be no such thing as death, pain, grief, sadness, tiredness or fear. Outstanding work, thought provoking too, which I, thank you for sharing with me, Juan. I enjoyed reading it very much. Blessings... (Report) Reply

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