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How Long Will It Last?

By Wil C. Fry, July 30, 1988

(Copyright © 1988 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.)


Iíve fought a good fight,
Iíve run a good race
Iíve shown out my lite,
Iíve kept up the pace
How long will this last, how long will I have to wait

Iíve lived on this earth,
for a long, long time
Iíve talked of your worth,
not getting a dime.
How long will this last, How long will I have to wait

Iíve taught about you,
In my church and school
Iíve lived within you,
they think Iím a fool
How long will this last, How long will I have to wait

I havenít been mute,
Iíve spoken out loud
They will persecute,
Out there in the crowd
Iíve been through so much,
I think I might fall
You are not my crutch,
I know youíre my all
Iíve listened to you,
Iíve answered your call
I have been so true,
Iíve given my all.
Now Iím getting tired,
My bodyís worn out
Donít know what to do,
I just ainít that stout.
How long will it last, How long will I have to wait



At this time, I considered all my poems as "songs", and almost always forced a happy ending. This is one of the very first for which I allowed the "song" to end without correcting it with a "solution" at the end. I was 15 when I wrote this one.

Note that this poem does not express doubt, but merely frustration and questioning.




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