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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Walk (07/20/06)

TITLE: Not The Life I Signed Up For
By Sara Harricharan


This isnít the life
I signed up to live
One with all this drama
The twists and turns
Few moments of mercy
Wasn't what I had in mind
A one-way ticket to nowhere
Thatís left me stranded
On the sidewalk of life
The outside looking in
As happier lives go by
Makes me wish and wonder
How I made it this far
Why I started at all
I donít want to go back
Into the rough and tough
And lose myself
In a life I never knew
Canít take any rides
No, not from a stranger
Wouldnít want to live their life
Not when I know what itís like
To be suspended in nothing
Seeing it all go by
Wanting, feeling, pleading
Itís not the life I signed up for
I shuffle forward,
Guess Iíll have to walk
Canít stay on this corner for long
I might get crowded off
Moving slowly
On emotionless squares
Colorless, meaningless
But a broken pathway
My heart is as gray
As the stones once were
Now worn white from age
I wish it were black
And able to feel
How did this turn so bleak?
Why is it all falling apart?
Fading away as I speak
Empty words that echo
Not a shred of sense
Words that cannot guide me
In a present tense
Not even a warning
Of these cracks and holes ahead
One step away from death
Crumbling, breaking
This sidewalk is filled with them
Mistakes I never made
And ones I couldnít fix
The sadness is not my doing
I want to tell someone
To shift the blame over
To clear a blotted name
Tip-toeing over
Around the edge of danger
Maybe if Iím careful
I wonít fall inside
And I can keep walking
Just barely hiding
Everything I dream
This isnít the life I signed up for
But I guess itíll have to do
There must be something more
Maybe Iíll find the answer
Behind a broken door
The answer that was given to me
The one Iíve been waiting for

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Joanne Sher 07/30/06
You have some wonderful imagery here - very gripping. Thanks for sharing!
Venice Kichura08/01/06
This came from the heart!
You ministered to me...Very good descriptions...real!
Jan Ackerson 08/01/06
Welcome to FaithWriters! This is certainly a heartfelt poem, with many emotions that I could relate to.
Rita Garcia08/01/06
Heartfelt writing, look forward to reading more from your blessed pen!
Sue Dent08/01/06
I told you you'd do well! This is soooo goood! I love the way you write, the way you use your words, the way you make a person feel. I can't wait to see where you place. But even if you don't place as high as I think you should, you certainly have made an impression. Keep up the good work!
Ann Darcy08/02/06
This is a wonderful poem. Like others said, very heartfelt and gripping. I look forward to seeing more of your work.
Brenda Craig08/02/06
You did great, so full of wonderful expression. You have eyes to see beyond the ordinary.
Jacquelyn Horne03/21/07
This poem certainly leaves a message to all. I'm so happy to be a part of FaithWriters and meet such good talent.
gene hudgens04/23/08
I say again that you are an impressive writer. Your gripping vision is from the heart and I easily feel emotions. Thanks, Gene Hudgens