I came into this world deafeningly.

I will exit it the same,

And I will occupy it with nothing other than noise.

 

What is my goal? To be heard? To have a voice?

I want to be impressionable, chill-inducing.

If, when I cease to play my rambunctious refrain,

I have not brought a new meaning to the concerto,

I will be ashamed.

 

I do not wish for a magnificent solo, nor

Do I wish to be heard for the sake of hearing.

I wish to compose a new movement, a place to seek solace

From the shadows of the earth.

 

Perhaps it is not music that will be heard by ears,

But instead it will be something seen, used, triumphed in.

My intent is to impact,

To roar with knowledge

And roar with peace.

 

It is not my name that shall be remembered,

But the symphony of light I created.

This world deserved to be bettered,

And I shall play my melody, until

I exit this world as deafeningly as I entered it.

 

 

Inspired by lines of Walt Whitman’s poem, “Song of Myself”:

 

“With music strong I come, with my cornets and my drums, 18

I play not marches for accepted victors only, I play marches

for conquer’d and slain persons”

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4 Comments
  1. Andrea 5 months ago

    Adelle,
    I love how your poem explores life, death and everything in between. I enjoyed the lines that said, “It is not my name that shall be remembered, But the symphony of light I created.” because you are completely right, all we leave behind is the impacted we have on this world. Your poem is beautifully written, keep writing! I can’t wait to hear more from you.

  2. Jaden 5 months ago

    I love the message that you got across. It was beautifully written and I can definitely hear your voice through this piece. The feelings that are not only embedded in the poem but also expressed, makes this an enjoyable poem to read and relate to.

  3. Christian 5 months ago

    Adelle, I enjoyed the unique style of writing and voice established in this piece. You made your own interpretation of a poem by Whitman, and the way you celebrate life itself as a triumph is beautiful. I love the connections you made to music and how you questioned what exactly life was about and what it’s purpose is. I connected strongly to this piece and I think many others will. It is written with relatable feelings and thoughts.

  4. Averi 5 months ago

    I love the message, and metaphor of your poem. It’s beautifully written. I’d suggest reading a poetry book called Milk and Honey, written by Rupi Kaur. There another one written by this author too, but I haven’t had the chance to read it yet.

    -Averi

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