Dec 09
poem 0 comments challenge: Power

"Back"

As a young girl
I read
Books.
I read so-
So
Many wonderful books.
And the stories
which they told were more-
More wonderful
Than anything this
World could
Ever hold.

I longed to be
In these
Books.
Books
Where sirens sing
And dragons fly
And journeys loom behind
Everything.

Then one day
I was.
A storm cloud
Grew.
A storm wind
Blew.
And a lightning bolt
Flew.
It flew towards
Everything.

It shattered in the sky
Breaking in all directions
Like a ray of light,
Striking a prism.

No one was left untouched.
We were all in-
In the story now.

Into our heads came a voice
Whispering
Melodious
Blessings
Into our souls.
Into everyone’s souls.

“I grant a wish, a wish so sweet
To feel that speciality
That feeling of uniquity
And power for which you all seek.

"But here my words
And heed my lore
For each I give to one, no more.
If uniqueness fails to endure
Your power will be no more
Than a sword
Without a war.”

At this our hearts lept
with hope.
We all knew
We are special.
Everyone of us was different.
Everyone of us was unique.

But at the same time-
We weren’t.

We would not be unique
Until
We had
A power.
A power
which would
Only be obtained
If we were
The only
One.

The foolish wished
Wished
All at once.
And all their gifts were the same.

The “special” hoped
hoped
With all their might,
That theirs
Might be
The only one.
And all their gifts were the same.

The wisest asked
Asked everyone
And sought for
The only one
Which
With they could deceive
Everyone.
And all their gifts were the same.

The cruelest sought
Sought the weak
And stole their wishes
From their lips
Before they silenced
Those weak-
Weak lips
Forever.
And all their gifts were the same.

And so it continued.
The bravest saved.
The scared did not.
The kindest gave.
And greed did not.

And I,
I did nothing
Not because I was
wise,
But because I didn’t
Know
What
To
Do.

I had been reading-
Reading books
Forever.
How do you live
In one?

I thought of all
My heroes.
My favorite characters
The most
Special
Of them
All.

But they were all
Different.
And they were all
The same.

And so I watched as everyone fell-
Fell around me.
Until I was the only one
Left
Anywhere.

And I turned
To the heavens
And I cursed whatever god
Or demon
Had given us our wishes.

And I turned
To my window
And I wished.

I wished for the power
To bring everyone
Back.