Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Write in the POETRY genre (05/17/07)
TITLE: Life, Limited Edition
By Angeline oppenheimer
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ADD TO MY FAVORITES
I want the house upon the hill
The thousand cattle too.
I want the Lexus my neighbor toots
And fancy GPS tool.
I want the lawn, so velvety green
The giant cactus and leggy palms.
I want the sparkling pool
The water-cushion slide
And margaritas by the tiki bar.
I want to shop at Nordstsroms,
Saks Fifth and lug the Large Brown bag
Just like Mrs. Jones with her designer sack.
I want the gadgets her kids display
Transecting the cul-de-sac with his Segway
Oxymoron of size and price.
Juicy Couture totes for her little tot
And a seven thousand dollar sax just for school band.
My copper eyes are a metastasized green.
My tongue long with hanging
With worldly desires.
They twinkle and shine and beckon
With silhouettes of happiness,
Shades of sophistication.
Lord, I can’t help it
So earth bound by short vision
And fleshy tentacles grabbing
Clamoring, wishful longing ….
Transient hopes and desires
Glimmer of pomp and glamour
Shafts of fading beauty
Through windows soon to be dimmed.
Wants magnified into needs
Is that all you want, Child?
Mayflies, Day-Lilies, Roses..
Here today, gone tomorrow,
Breath that dries with the seasons of time,
Pleasures that feed and never satisfy
Verily, verily, the span of threes scores and one…
Like a dream, a shadow, a mist, a vapor, the wind
A soft sigh that evaporates before it slips out.
Do you see, my child?
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