Juan Olivarez

Silver Star - 3,368 Points (september 12 / nyssa oregon)

What Are We? - Poem by Juan Olivarez

After all is said and done,
What are we?
Are we gold or silver,
Or a sparkling diamond in the rough?
Are we precious jade,
Shining green as a forest,
In the morning sun?

We are the ash,
That comes forth,
And is spewed by,
Great volcanos,
And forest fires.

We are dirt, we are the leaves,
And the grasses of the Earth.
We are the compost,
On the ground.
We are the mulch,
That decays,
Deep in the forest's floor.
We are passing things,
We are mere fertilizer,
For the great gardener,
In the sky.
We are passing things.

3/20/11 Alton Texas


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 20, 2011



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