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Everyone Has a Story

by James Zealy

Everybody has a story
Everybody has a voice
Different visions of life described
In varying accounts of events
Varying voices speak profoundly
Of anyplace
Or anywhere
Simple recognition defines the plot
And is a part of the yarn itself
Legends made real
As day to day actors
Define their roles
That Parlay adventures more interesting
Than any fictional novelette
Attention paid reaps the benefit
Of visualizing this reality
As the unfolding real life dramas
Determine who we are
Suffering, loss, joy and happiness
Create pictures and images we carry everyday
And become the source
For each new life adventure

10/07/2000

Author's Note: One night, my wife daughter and I went out to eat. As we were eating, my wife as she is inclined to do, started asking a few questions of the waitress, and low and behold we had brief novelette laid in front of us about this persons life. I came to the conclusion that night these kind of stories beat the heck out of any kind of incredible plot that whoever the fiction writer is can create. Peoples lives tell unique and unusual stories, if we take the time to look.

Posted on 12/07/2004
Copyright © 2021 James Zealy

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Michelle Angelini on 12/09/04 at 05:14 AM

Yes, James. We are all stories waiting to be told. I enjoyed reading this. Thank your wife for the inspiration for this poem.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 12/09/04 at 05:31 PM

Much truth and wisdom here superbly expressed James.

Posted by Anne Engelen on 12/09/04 at 07:21 PM

very enjoyable read James

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