Treasure Island

Nick Kasparie

(3-30-94 / Quincy, IL.)

Place of Dignity


Eyes of gold will seek what troubles the meek
Those in the valley aspire to the peak
It’s hard to get there with these weights on my feet
I’ve been running forever on this hopeless street
So show me where I can get away,
A place of dignity where I can stay.

I’ve known desperation to be welcoming
When hope is forsaken and trying’s too hard
The mountain’s too much for those who are settling
A place for the homeless, the helpless, the scarred
Is the bottom of all where big men discard
Those who keep trying, to victims they’re lying

Darkness holds whispers I keep from the light
Passion comes easy in the dead of the night
Silence falls heavy on the ears of the dwellers
Survivors of falling from mountainous tiers
I fall every day when I get to the top
The place I can’t keep with dignity, Stop.

Submitted: Friday, July 26, 2013
Edited: Monday, July 29, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

I wrote this as I was struggling with a couple moral dilemmas. It seems hard to find a happy medium between the top of the mountain where everything is perfect, and the valley below where imperfection resides. Some people have desires of greed or lust, and others are just born into mediocrity hoping to somehow raise their position in life. No matter where you begin, the only way to find peace of mind is to settle into that 'place of dignity' where you can live with yourself.

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  • Nick Kasparie (7/26/2013 5:44:00 PM)

    Thanks Khairul! I appreciate the feedback, and I added a note to help clarify. It IS a bit ambiguous isn't it? (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (7/26/2013 5:08:00 PM)

    A nice poem with good rhyme and rhythm. A short note at the end (Poet's Note) would have helped to grasp it better. (Report) Reply

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