Smoky Hoss

Veteran Poet - 1,958 Points (01 may 1962 / U.S.A.)


Don't we all wonder, remotely
- in ways we cannot even fully understand -
'What's this all about? '
Age has invaded our mind
and hearts.
Onward we march.
Life has invaded our spirits
and souls.
As onward we march.
The future flows right on past
behind us.
And yet onward we march.
Living is a passing glance
a long goodbye.
Onward we march.
Where we are bound
no eye has seen
no tongue can tell
no mind does fathom.
Still onward we march.
On the trail of time lost
we take the exit to eternity.
Ever onward we march.
Do we wonder
what a wonder it is
that we're marching into?
We should.
We shall.
We are.
Through it all, onward we march.

Submitted: Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Edited: Friday, September 07, 2012

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  • Rookie - 233 Points John S (3/23/2015 8:12:00 AM)

    As I read this again I love the way it flows and the repetition of the phrase onward we march. You skillfully list the hardships life inevitably bring us, yet after each example of hardships or about the mysterious nature of life you remind us onward we march into the future. I guess this poem reveals that whatever existential questions you have or hardships we are facing, time continues and is the one constant, besides our eventual exit from this terrestrial realm. Yet why must we all face these hardships; aging, worry? What does it all mean? We may never know but this poem gets you thinking more deeply on it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 233 Points John S (3/19/2015 2:43:00 AM)

    Great poem! Masterfully written. This focuses on a question, as a secular individual, I rarely put much thought into. Mainly because there is no way, as a man of science, that I can or ever will be able to answer this question. The Abrahamic religions answers don't satisfy me, but I have experienced the healing power of Eastern medicine, and have had my own spiritual, if you may, experiences through love and romance (is that just dopamine) , hiking up a steep trail to capture a photograph of a sunset gilding a valley (or is that just endorphines and serotonin) . This poem is simply a question, but still is elegantly written and I'm afraid I'll never really have an answer. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,781 Points Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (1/25/2015 10:07:00 PM)

    onward we march with hope,
    there is always surprise and flop,

    onward we march..Smoky Hoss...Thank you for sharing such a nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,369 Points Lyn Paul (1/25/2015 6:12:00 PM)

    Do we wonder
    What a wonder is....
    Just love the positive flow in your words. How we just have to take what is thrown at us and keep on marching.
    Thank You Smoky (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 490 Points Phyllis Strong (1/25/2015 3:34:00 PM)

    “Through it all, onward we march.

    Great poem Smoky. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,143 Points Jayatissa K. Liyanage (1/25/2015 2:51:00 AM)

    Thought provoking poem. True, it is bit nebulous. Yet, let us march forward knowing that we all have a destiny at the end. Wonderful thinking. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 18,935 Points Valsa George (9/14/2012 8:38:00 AM)

    We march onwards, braving all obstacles on our way, never pausing and never looking back on the trail of time until we merge in eternity! ! Beautiful write! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Heather Wilson (9/12/2012 1:30:00 PM)

    That`s all we can do, march onward and well stated. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Constance K Yost (9/7/2012 4:05:00 AM)

    Marching onward and wondering why-but ours is not to reason why-excellent poem, it's one of those that
    start me thinking. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,636 Points Dave Walker (9/6/2012 5:12:00 PM)

    A fantastic poem, I think we all wonder at some point what it's all about. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,175 Points Valerie Dohren (9/6/2012 2:33:00 PM)

    None of us know where we are heading to, we can only speculate, Great write. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 280 Points Joseph Anderson (9/6/2012 11:06:00 AM)

    I guess we should look for the one that reads-NO EXIT.A vivid, somewhat startling telling of
    our scramble through life's jungle-truthful to the end-a10 (Report) Reply

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