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Tiger Mountain

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I have fallen for the mad ones
and the sad ones
and the ones who don't know what they want

I have found that mania so consuming
confused depression for deep thinking
I've tried to heal the cracked ones
and piece the broken ones together...

Oh I have tried to climb that mountain
with broken ankles...

I have lived off the wild ones
brought calm to the angry ones
laid down with the tired ones and slept

I've ridden with the seesaw ones
always wondering where I stood
felt lost with the wilful ones
and cried beside the bitter ones

Oh I have tried to climb that mountain
with broken ankles...

I've walked across the weak ones
swum naked with the free ones
reached out for the timid ones
but found no hand waiting there

I have been ungrateful for the nicest ones
been bored by the honest ones
prayed for the fickle ones to change
knowing no love could bloom there

Oh I have tried to climb that mountain
with broken ankles...

And I have wondered loudly why 
I never could reach the summit
with my broken ankles...


(August 2014)


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Tue 23rd Sep 2014 18:49

Really enjoyed this and it's insightfulness.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Tue 9th Sep 2014 12:06

This really is an insightful 'modern' poem, actually quite 'dark' as underscored 'with broken ankles'. I can hear clear-voiced artists singing this to the lament of a simple guitar - someone with excellent diction. The simple 'message' is almost buried in details, yet breaks through relentlessly with the reminder of 'broken ankles'.

Or I'm totally off-mark.

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Mon 8th Sep 2014 19:44

"Oh I have tried to climb that mountain
with broken ankles..." how beautiful!

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Sun 7th Sep 2014 10:16

so cleverly entertaining.Well done indeed!x

Dimitri Reyes

Sun 7th Sep 2014 02:40

The emotion in this poem is stunning. I really had a sense of buildup with each "Tiger" you had faced. Surprisingly enough, you've made it that far up the mountain with only some melancholy and two broken ankles. Well done!

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