Treasure Island

Midnights Voice

(November 3,1950 / Selma, Alabama)

Paracete Chute (Protect against a fall)

Where collects the thoughts of a paraplegic
Sitting alone in thoughts of a past no longer perfect

The glowing red sun sets behind the hill
As life flows by against our will

Every step has a purpose even when we are running away
Each cause has effect but once mortored it is here to stay

Tell me of the sands of time, how fickle they stand
Against the winds of change, a dead man's hand

Everyday so much the same, never a moment to be again
Such a little word that means so much, 'never' again

Blessed yet all are the same
Taken for granted a dance of denial
Catch us before our great fall
Parachute us... or we won't be even able to crawl

Submitted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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I was thinking about 'para'...and parachutes and paraplegic popped into my head.

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  • Neela Nath (4/9/2013 9:22:00 PM)

    We heard the sad tune played in the poem. This is time which preaches us and we can't tame. Very nice. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (4/9/2013 3:40:00 AM)

    So melancholy but yet there is still hope bueatiful I hope some one catches me before I fall BB : O{ (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (4/6/2013 6:16:00 PM)

    Things n ideas do not pop out for nothing...the poem is a piece of wisdom....i liked many things including past no longer perfect... (Report) Reply

  • Nader Baheri (4/4/2013 11:20:00 AM)

    there are always lot of ways to choose.we are treading on a rim.the positive is one of its side and negative is the other.
    some time we have to decide which way is the best.we may choose the wrong way but in future as we look back down to what we decided we understand that our lives had to be gone just as like as the way we chose.
    great one~nb (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (4/2/2013 1:15:00 AM)

    This one, I enjoyed so much! The over running tone of melancholy and pathos tugs at the soul so deep!
    Catch us before our great fall
    Parachute us... or we won't be even able to crawl
    Such deep and profound expression of man's helplessnes! Indeed a wonderful poem! ! (Report) Reply

  • Ellias Anderson (4/1/2013 11:32:00 AM)

    parachute....i want to talk about it(i mean parachute) . well, sometimes we see and feel that we are close to fall from a high steeple or a cliff. not the same cliffs in nature, the cliffs in our lives those are even more dangerous than the one in the nature, and they are the hard problems and things like that. we start to fall but something helps us, something takes our hands as a parachutes. we should know whats that
    well done (Report) Reply

  • Kelvin Owusu (4/1/2013 1:11:00 AM)

    interesting piece, deep and well thought out, we all at one stage will fall, if lesson are learn before gravity meets out fate to the flow we don't break rather para-glide. i found this to be a powerful and well described piece. excellent work (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (3/30/2013 10:10:00 AM)

    Falling is the only way we will learn and grow in this up and down world. Thanks for protecting us all. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (3/29/2013 12:41:00 PM)

    Thinking about para? ? ? ..parachute...paradise...paragraph, paramount..hahhahahaha
    well the though is really landing safely in your paper...with a beautiful landing with scattered words
    nice one Thomas, you are a really good poet! _Soul (Report) Reply

  • Roseann Shawiak (3/28/2013 9:56:00 PM)

    We can be paralyzed by our emotions, choices, attitudes, etc. There are definitely more ways than being paralyzed physically. Love this poem is so many ways. Sitting alone in thoughts of a past no longer perfect has special meaning to me. Thank you for sharing it. (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (3/28/2013 8:50:00 AM)

    Life can have so many unexpected twists and turns its how we face the challenges, our spirit is our parachute!
    So beautifully written, loved it! (Report) Reply

  • Neethu Prasanna (3/27/2013 12:50:00 AM)

    Wow! beautifully penned- especially Catch us before the great fall, Parachute us. or we may not even able to crawl (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (3/26/2013 11:52:00 AM)

    Particularly like the third stanza - that things happen for a reason, and that whatever we do has a consequence.
    Good read Thomas. (Report) Reply

  • Aria Siren (3/26/2013 11:25:00 AM)

    To me this poem is about more than being paralyzed, it is a reminder that we can be stuck in life by circumstance or by our own choice. I especially enjoyed:

    Every step has a purpose even when we are running away

    and the entire last verse. The last line about parachuting us is so gentle, an almost whispered plea. I need to remember to pull my parachute before jumping. Thanks for the wise words. (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (3/26/2013 6:55:00 AM)

    There's some really great lines in this poem - 'fickle sands', 'winds of change', 'mortored cause and effect' and more.
    I don't take being able to walk for granted. When I go on long walks, it's one of the things I think about.
    This poem is important - a reminder to appreciate what we've got. (Report) Reply

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