Dusty Poetry #39

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Don’t ever give up those things which are right

Don’t ever give up those things which are right
Pursue holiness in all that you do
Hold tight to the truth with all of your might

Hearts darken with greed when alone at night
Seek wealth in good friends and warm company
Don’t ever give up those things which are right

The lazy choose wars for others to fight
The work of real peace is harder, but fair
Hold tight to the truth with all of your might

If you become angry at just a slight
Remember your tongue betrays you in kind
Don’t ever give up those things which are right

The greener grass is a trick of the light
Eyes see the end, not the price that was paid
Hold tight to the truth with all of your might

Remember, son, as you climb to a height
To take heed – pride comes before a great fall
Don’t ever give up those things which are right
Hold tight to the truth with all of your might

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For this poem, I borrowed the structure and rhyme scheme of Dylan Thomas’s “Do not go gentle into that good night.” I really enjoy the flow of the original work so I wanted to see what I might say if using the same constraints.

The more poetry that I write using someone else’s blueprint, the more I understand why poets do this. In some sense, the constraints are freeing because the limited choices make the choosing easier.

I did not spend very long with this but I think this came out alright. If I come back to it, I can tighten up the word choices to make it flow a bit better. Either way, I hope you enjoy it.

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