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The Degrees of Change

Poetry By: Ashleigh Butcher

A poem about how 'change' affects our lives, and the many types of levels that change occurs in.
From stanza to stanza, the poems progresses through 1) natural change with time, to 2) the thought of possibly changing for whatever reason, then 3) how thinking of changing can be daunting and confusing, until finally we reach 4) the point of being forced into change.
The last stanza reflects how even though we are constantly changing, our core will always be the same. a comfort, perhaps.

(Peace and Love; Forever Bohemian)

Submitted:Oct 31, 2008    Reads: 98    Comments: 2    Likes: 1   

The Degrees of Change

As our constant state

Dissolves with time,

And time contends with learning;

The shifting shadows

Find new steps,

And follow on 'til morning.

As every breath

Narrates its tale-

The truths that lack disconsolate harms-

The illusion of euphoria,

Set with derision,

Bites at the thought of renaissance.

With every affair

That involves inner form-

Luring us into self-destruction-

The need to escape

From compressing walls

Can tempt confusion, every so often.

As last resorts

And pleading, fail,

And lives become discarnate;

Realities tear at our

Open wounds,

And decimate our present state.

Yet, furthermore,

As we seize these prospects

That alter the course of our day…

See, It's only the surface

That sheds it past skin:

Depths of sorrow…

Shades of grey.

Ashleigh Butcher


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