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Once Upon a Time

by P.T. Brooks

Once upon a time
A boy became a man
In a land he dare never return
But gives thanks that he went
‘Cause the time that he spent
Was his greatest lesson learned
He found there is truth in lies
And lies in truth
And the trick is to divide the two
But he found that those
Who he held so close
Spoke only far from truth
He looked up to a man
With a knife in his hand
The man placed the knife in his back
So he went to the land where dreamers go
To learn yet another fact
You can dream by day
And dream by night
But dreams, they seldom come true
So you dream
The dream that dreamers dream
And hope to God they do
With his prayers unanswered
He left that land
And the dreamers that dwell in there
And came across a darker land
That of anger and despair
Angry at God
And angry at he
Who let him lower than down
He was content
To find his revenge
But only found the ground
‘Taws there he cried
And cursed at god
For he could not find some peace
Then the heavens broke
And thunder rolled
And God begun to speak
He spoke soft with passion
But firm with the greatest brute
He said rise up son
And hear me now
My words hold only truth
Forgive, my son
As you need forgiveness
It’s then you’ll find your peace
Obedient he complied
And lived his days
In the land of sweat relief



01/03/2007

Posted on 01/03/2007
Copyright © 2020 P.T. Brooks

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Meghan Helmich on 09/19/08 at 05:13 PM

p.t., i really like this. it's a great story with tight rhythm. good job with this one! a couple of notes - 'twas,' 'began to speak,' and 'sweet relief' (unless that last one is meant to be sweat, which would be interesting!)

Posted by Julie Adams on 03/15/10 at 01:13 PM

same minor notes as Meghan picked up on, but otherwise, I really love the flow of this allegorical piece, I was thoroughly engaged in the subject and their growth...well done and keenly delivered, peace, jewels

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