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Wild Fire

Wild Fire

A Poem by A.W. Carl

Poem about being underappreciated and underestimated


Ever since I can I remember, I have been belittled and disparaged.

Labeled too young, too uneducated, and too sluggish.

Called obtuse, reckless, and useless.

A waste.

A disappointment.


I am everything they do not understand

Everything they are not

Everything they do not want me to be.

Forcibly confronted by my very existence,

They seek to put me in a familiar box

If only they could categorize me into another ordinary robot

I could act in ways they could comprehend

I would speak in ways that affirm their beliefs

And finally they could they relax.

Comforted by the instructions they use to control so many others

At the end of the day, they could sit down in their chairs

In the comfort of their own homes, in front of a cozy fire

And feel good about themselves.

Yet I am the fire!

However, I am far from cozy and far from contained.

I will not conform, I will not comply, and I will not be put out!

I am a rare breed, a divine creation.

They utter amongst themselves

What disease does he have?

What lies and demons have consumed him?

How can we fix him?

What did we do wrong that he turned out like this?

I embody a dynamic individuality that seeks truth.

How dare you attempt to tame me!

I am too strong and too determined to lie down.

I am too firm in my identity to believe the worlds lies.

For I know who I am and I know what I am destined for.

Your words do not define me.

Your wishes do not control me.

Your judgment is incomplete and meaningless.

Once belittled and disparaged,

I will be like a roaring fire.

Those who open their minds will rejoice

Genuine hearts will understand

And follow me

As we set the world ablaze

© 2016 A.W. Carl

Author's Note

A.W. Carl
ignore grammar problems

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Well they did say that Churchill guy was a maverick.
But he seemed to do okay.

Posted 1 Year Ago

LOVE this! It is so easy to relate to, and says things nobody's been able to figure out how to say... and you did it in a single poem. Truly amazing. Enchanting. Heart-breakingly amazing! High praises.

Posted 1 Year Ago

The rebel spirit ignites the passion. I like the courage

Posted 1 Year Ago

Interesting poem. I wonder if you would break it up into verses relating to your voice and theirs. Don't be afraid to create your own box! Thanks for sharing

Posted 1 Year Ago

One who seeks truth must be a rebel first. I thoroughly enjoyed your work.

Posted 1 Year Ago

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Added on October 18, 2016
Last Updated on October 18, 2016


A.W. Carl
A.W. Carl

Wildwood, MO

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