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Continuously Beating

January 16, 2015
By BoobooBeetle DIAMOND, Jacksonville, Florida
BoobooBeetle DIAMOND, Jacksonville, Florida
74 articles 1 photo 36 comments

Favorite Quote:
“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.”
G.K. Chesterton

"And you, you ridiculous people, you expect me to help you."
Denis Johnson

The second-hand ticks,
The minute-hand spins.
I watch as my life
Steadily slips away into the tender draft.


An hour goes by,
Then a day,
A week, a month,
And eventually a year.


The cycle goes on and on,
Until I take my final


I close my eyes,
And prepare for
My heart to beat one final time.


But it doesn’t, 
It continuously beats,
Without fail,
A steady rhythm in my chest.


No matter how many
Times they try to stop it,
My heart continuously beats,
Defying society's wishes.


I blink
I sigh
Knowing I’ll live,
Knowing I’ll do it again.


I won’t perish today,
I’ll survive to see
Those I love,
To hug them tightly once more.


I won’t die today,
I’ll be able to
Tell those I love,
I love them.


I smile
I laugh
And the cycle goes on

The author's comments:

This poem represents society telling a man to end his life, however, he chooses to live his own destiny--that he can continue to live and love those who care about him.

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on Apr. 19 2015 at 11:31 am
Scorpio07 SILVER, Hertfordshire, Other
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Favorite Quote:
There are many launguages around the world, but a smile speaks them all - Unknown


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on Feb. 25 2015 at 12:09 am
Beila BRONZE, Palo Alto, California
3 articles 0 photos 516 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." -Mark Twain

I like the ebb and flow of this poem. I feel like the rhythm of the poem mimics a steady heartbeat, and I really connected to the narrator through that.

on Feb. 5 2015 at 12:59 am
CaseyChickenWang SILVER, McDonough,
7 articles 2 photos 89 comments

Favorite Quote:
"No one likes half-jinglers! Jingle all the way!" - Shelley McNeight
"You don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate." - GSUMUN

I really like your use of repetition here. It really illustrates the endless cycle of life. Bravo!