The Defeat

Now I stand before the wall
Its vastness to behold
I seek for cracks and crevices
Yet it is solid and cold

Now I turn and walk away
No tears will leave my eyes
I come to accept my wretchedness
As my courage dies

I turn around once more to look
And a vision I can see
Of fields and streams and beauty there
But it’s not meant to be

Was this quest for nought at all?
Who cares, it’s been and done.
For this wall was not meant for me,
I’ll find a smaller one.

And yet as I walked away in shame
I somehow had no clue
That had I looked I could have seen
Another breaking through.


~ by David Heslin on 23/12/2006.

One Response to “The Defeat”

  1. A follow-up to my first poem, and, in this case, the sequel is definitely better than the original. The awkward phrasing of the other has gone, and there are a few lines that I am still proud of.

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