Watcher's Lament

Watcher's Lament

A Poem by SpeedyHobbit Armstrong

A poem about a person with an unfortunate proclivity for attracting trouble and the tendency to discern more than is good for her happiness



Cantering unchecked.

They bustle like ants. Like drones. No mind of their own. Working. Playing. Treading the well-beaten, comfortable trail.

They do not want what is unfamiliar. They take no chances. It's too risky. Too much to lose? Do they know what greater loss still they will face?

No. Of course not.

It's unfamiliar. It's not safe. In fact… it's dangerous.

It goes against everything they have learned about what is good for them.

It would be a violation of their personal safety.

Too big for them.

It's so not worth these grim stakes.

Why gamble it all for an ideal?

Surely if it is where it is, it deserves to be there. It worked for it and got it.

The end justifies the means, right?

So long as it doesn't affect me, why interfere? Why work against it?

Everything could be lost. Why risk it?

They fear to face the dark.

They fear a lack of foothold. They fear a storm.

The storm is upon them.




All seems to fall.








But they do not realize. Or maybe they just don't care.

Why should they, though? It's not their life. It has nothing to do with them.

All that matters is their own world.

Well, it is comfortable…

© 2013 SpeedyHobbit Armstrong

Author's Note

SpeedyHobbit Armstrong
I wrote this poem 5 years ago

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A very interesting structure in this one, well written.

Posted 6 Years Ago

Awesome. I loved it a ton!
Keep on writing!

C. Lee Battaglia

Posted 6 Years Ago

Change is apart of life and we just have to
go with the flow this sounds selfish of the person to be this
way I want to be tested and Challenged not comfortable
Paul learned to over come his pain in the bible God said
my love is Sufficient when he prayed for God to take away
his pain.

But when we are weak God is strong
so in confessing our faults our failures
we will Gain God strength he gives us that
strength and guidance and when one stays in
there comfort zone it is lazy to me not excitement
in there life I love adventure and testing the odds
as long as God okays for me to go that way I won't go
where god isn't at.

taking the easy rout in life is way to easy
and you learn nothing from not being tested
and sometimes God puts someone we can't tolerate
in our lives to tolerate them to gain patience God has molded
me so much I don't get easily angry nor do I get offended. :)

This was spot on and Brilliantly penned
thank you for sharing my friend blessings. Benita

Posted 6 Years Ago

Thanks for entering this in my little competition. It wouldn't be fair to comment now but I will after the contest has ended.
regards. Clive

Posted 7 Years Ago

A wonderful write! Well done! :)

Posted 7 Years Ago

I laughed after I read this because I can think of so many people who think like this. They don't like even a little bit of change. Thanks for sharing :)

Posted 7 Years Ago

You have perfectly depicted the characteristics of those who are complacent with their own habit.
Enjoyed reading.

Posted 7 Years Ago

Amazing work ..... I liked it because I believe in a life something above than a mediocre one, I believe in taking risks and having adventures..... life is worth that....and your poem portrays things beautifully of how people will die playing safe and wouldn't take a step towards unfamiliar jxt because of this fear of falling..... they would love to live a life full of injustices, bt dey wouldn't take a stand for themselves and especially de other people suffering.... it really touched my heart. :)

Posted 7 Years Ago

SpeedyHobbit Armstrong

7 Years Ago

Thank you so much! i'm glad the intended meaning is reaching people and that you were able to unders.. read more

7 Years Ago

Ur welcome :)
Ah, you know the pain of being a non-conformist! Praise be to you!! As Poe said, from childhood's earliest hour I could not "draw my passions from a common spring." Neither can you, I see, and it is a blessing in disguise. You will never live someone else's life. You will indeed be lucky enough to live your own!!

Posted 7 Years Ago

SpeedyHobbit Armstrong

7 Years Ago

A blessing in disguise indeed. It is definitely not the easiest thing to be the sort of person who's.. read more
Robert Tusitala O'Neill

7 Years Ago

It's not easy but it gets easier over time, as you get to know yourself. Just never bend to others'.. read more
I like what it meant. I understood it and I can relate to it. Great job

Posted 7 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

SpeedyHobbit Armstrong

7 Years Ago

Thank you for the review! I'm glad I wrote something to which others can relate

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Added on November 20, 2013
Last Updated on November 20, 2013
Tags: observer, lament, unfamiliar, danger, high stakes, moral dilemma, comfortable, risk-taking, safety, conformity, going with the crowd, complacency, what is right, what is easy


SpeedyHobbit Armstrong
SpeedyHobbit Armstrong

Long Island, NY

My name is Cher Armstrong, also known as Speedy Hobbit. I'm a USATF athlete in racewalking for the Raleigh Walkers club team. I just graduated from Queens College in Queens borough in New York Ci.. more..


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