A Separate Peace

by Leonard M Hawkes

As the afternoon lengthened
And the polite applause became obligation,
And I wondered again what it all really meant,
And why I had reentered this chamber
Of a house I had lived in for a lifetime.

And when the pronouncement was made
And the burden of accolade fell upon me,
I didn’t doubt that it was possible, but
Did wonder if it was really real--

And now I better understand Phineas,
“I’m not going to do it again,” he said quietly.
I too now know I "could do it".


Author's Note: When the Utah State Poetry Society mistakenly awarded me the "Poet of the Year Award" and then took it back.

Posted on 04/27/2018
Copyright © 2024 Leonard M Hawkes

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 04/29/18 at 11:15 PM

Fascinating to think of getting and then not getting an award. I read about A Separate Piece - interesting plot.

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