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Life's Emergencies Post by :Gerald_Yancey Category :Poems Author :Jared Barhite Date :October 2011 Read :3181

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Life's Emergencies

How strangely dark are the vapors
That sometimes obscure the way,
Ere the light of truth advances
To the noon of a perfect day.

As the unforeseen approaches
In stealth from ambushed retreat,
The mettle of soul is summoned
Its emergencies to meet.

To shrink by its sudden coming,
To surrender our control
Without a struggle for vantage,
Betrays a weakness of soul.

The conflicts with emergencies
We meet in our daily call,
Give strength or death to moral worth
As we conquer them or fall.

To meet at once with valor true
The attack from an ambuscade,
In moral strife, or bloody war,
Hath many a hero made.

Who has not trained himself to meet
The vicissitudes that arise
Upon the course of life's stern race,
Must fail to secure its prize.

* * * * *

To hold a pessimistic view,
And see the world as darkly "blue,"
And feel mankind is false, untrue,
Is not a just conclusion;
But Truth demands that Hope shall wear
No false rose in her silken hair,
To hide Deceit, Fraud, and Despair,
That feed on wild Delusion.

(The end)
Jared Barhite's poem: Life's Emergencies

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Strand Despair Strand Despair

Strand Despair
The wrecks that lie on Strand Despair, Should serve as buoys on life's stern seas To guide the voyager safely He may escape the tides and breeze That drive to whirlpools, bars, and rocks, Where human vessels oft impinge And leave a ruin that but mocks The pleadings of persuasion's hinge. An idle mind, companions base, A shrinking from a duty known, A sly deceit, a brazen face,

Evil Habits Evil Habits

Evil Habits
How habit grows no one e'er knows, And yet he is a giant That has a will and subtle skill That never yet was pliant. 'Tis very plain that he has slain More than the sword and spear, With wily art he charms the heart And quells the greatest fear. His artful eye is wondrous sly And has bewitching glance, Where'er he moves his victim loves To see