Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Pride by Pete Marshall

by pete marshall

Within my grasp lies Eden's fruit
as apples bob in weary eyes,
that caught my breath, its hidden guise
to choke where snakes would slither by.
Upon my hands are hardened lines
that fortune wrote when luck would smile,
who shamed my soul with her beguile
then left me high but never dry!

Within my heart lies judgement day
where names are tossed upon a pile,
a random path, a lonely mile, 
darkened thoughts that fight denial.
This life exhumed upon the pyre
that burns with hate from vicious liars,
their webs are spun to feed desire
then leave us spent, betrayed, expired!


This is my poem for One Shot Wednesday, part of One Stop Poetry, a fantastic place where poetry is shared, discovered and enjoyed.

It was a year ago when I got together with a few friends and discussed this project and look how it has grown! One Stop Poetry is a place created for people to enjoy the arts and explore their creative side.

Today it is hosted by Leslie Moon who has made a great point, what we do is for the love of art and the promotion of poetry. We give our time freely for you to have a place where you can enjoy and express yourselves too.

From a personal point of view One Stop has always been a place where ego's do not survive, it is a place where there is only one winner, the Arts, and particularly  poetry. 

On a different vein, yesterday I started work!! Yes, this is a surprise, I have a months contract but this is a start. My passion for One Stop remains, as does my passion for poetry but money needs to be earned. My dream was to turn One Stop into an online magazine, earning an income for those that put so much time into it on a daily basis, but what has happened is One Stop has formed itself into a community, a wonderful community,  but maybe their are still legs in that dream. Thanks for listening....pete


image courtesy creative commons flickr


Anonymous said...

Nice piece... you captured the story and told it beautifully.

Maureen said...

Congratulations on the job, Pete!

Brian Miller said...

pete glad the fates aligned and our merry band was brought together...i am stoked for your new job man that is awesome...there is some dark humor in your lines...smiles.

poemblaze said...

Congrats on work. I may find some of that one day. Thanks for creating One Stop Poetry, too!

lori said...

so glad to hear your good news! per your poem, i have to say that i love it. it has taken me some time to get used to you, but i am finding the more i read your work, the more i like it.

and, last, i am thankful for all that the One Stop team does, and i don't think your dream is over yet. sometimes dreams just have their own time-frame!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the new job, the growth of OS project..nice piece, reminiscent of one of my latest as well lol, so it made me smile
Last but not least, thank you for all you have done for this community@ :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful poem? It has a nice flow and evokes strong emotion. Nice!

Also, congrats on the new job. I'm still looking...99 weeks now. Maybe now I'll find work!

moondustwriter said...

It has potential for many things Pete but mostly the friendships that have grown and poems written are the treasures!!!

This one had me holding my breath the rhyme scheme was like a magnet into darkness

Hmmm looking good
So excited for you as well
cheers Mate!!!

budh.aaah said...

Well are we all glad that you guys thought of and gave birth to this wonderful idea that 'one stop'is and what it will be. because it is going to be already is. And it gives much needed solace, respite for some weary souls who just want to be....I thank you all.

budh.aaah said...

And oh Pete I loved the poem..for it captures wonderfully what so many go through and feel.

Shashi said...

Dear Pete

Great to see you again my friend after a long time and its good to read one of the beautiful verse. I liked it so much...

ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya

Greyscale Territory said...

Pride is a little like back burning! It finally turns on itself and burns itself out! An interesting piece!

Sheila Moore said...

this may be one of my very favorites from you. A breath of fresh air to read a poem by pete marshall again :)

My heart smiles at your job news - congrats. I also want to say along with the others that I appreciate the work you guys put into onestop. It is a wonderful platform.

Anna said...

Fairly new to One Stop, but want to say thank you for all you've done. Congratulations on your new job!
Your poem above is excellent!

Kerry O'Connor said...

A gloriously dark poem, brought to life by your excellent handling of rhyme and meter.

Claudia said...

leaving us spent, betrayed, expired...pride is good for nothing..somehow i knew but good to be reminded...
more than thankful for one stop and how it has grown and if art wins, we do as well..and who knows what's coming next..
and again congrats on the job pete

JH_Poetry said...

wonderfully story Pete, glad ur back :)

Elizabeth Young said...

Amazing write Pete - the incredible part is that every word speaks solid truth whether it was meant to or not. Awesome.

Anonymous said...

This piece seems a nice continuation of last weeks, thou with a more positive spin. Wish you much luck with your contract! Thanks for creating this wonderful community...if OSP doesn't earn legs, I'm certain a future venture shall ~

Kavita said...

There's a lot of hard reality in your poem, Pete... I am sure we can all relate to it in some way or the other! Apparently, all that glitters isn't necessarily gold... (sigh)

Now now.. my heartiest congratulations to you on your new job, my dear friend... Here's to happier times!!!


Ann Grenier said...

Your poem is intriguing, much food for thought. Congratulations on your contract and I join others in thanking you for your work at One Stop. It is a pretty amazing community, you can certainly take pride in it!

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