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(November 3,1950 / Selma, Alabama)

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Steel Shatters Glass

How does it feel to be ten feet tall?
Your heart is pumping steel,
You mind is made of glass.
Through the steel light cannot pass
The steel shatters glass.
Who is it? Who is it?
In your elegance, stand,
When you fall, blame it on glands.
Steeeeeeeeeel...
Shattttttters..
Glaaaaaaassss...

Your smile is ten miles wide
Your talk has me beguiled!
Steel turns to rust
When no one calls.
Diamonds cut glass,
But your hands are tied
And now you complain.
Your mind is fried!
Steel shatters glass.

Submitted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Edited: Thursday, October 24, 2013


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  • Kevin Patrick (11/28/2013 5:22:00 PM)

    I cant help but think of a movie when I saw as a kid called the iron giant, about a ten foot giant, although I doubt this is about a literal giant it just remained me of it. There's a bitterness in this, but if this was targeted at anyone I can see their soul being shattered by glass. Lovely stuff

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  • Amitava Sur (10/28/2013 12:45:00 AM)

    A lovely thoughtful write with a fine imagination.

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (10/16/2013 10:21:00 PM)

    It is nice to know that mind cannot shatter heart. Beautifully conveyed in the poem. Thank you.

  • Laurie X3 (10/16/2013 5:13:00 AM)

    This reminds me of that old saying...The hammer that breaks glass forges steel...which means that for some, troubles destroy them, that they believe they have no control, but for others who refuse to relinquish control of their life to others, refuse to lay down and die, always believe there is a way, depend on God's strength even, survive because of it. People can only hurt you if you let them. I met a man who once told me only my five kids and wife can hurt me because only they know enough about me to hurt me. But real love would never take what it knows and try to use it to injure in the first place. So that makes him pretty safe.

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