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Just a Day in the Life

Valuable lessons learned

By Colleen Millsteed Published 2 months ago 2 min read
Top Story - February 2024
Image courtesy of Pixabay

He dreams in mathematical equations amongst past lives,

Absolving his decisions of future consequences, gifting relief,

Guaranteeing a tomorrow of new beginnings,

Filled with promises, magical wishes amidst strong belief.


He rolls with the punches life throws his way,

Destined to learn lessons of a tortured outcome,

Water off a duck’s back, once the worst has dissipated,

But there’ll always be one that’ll kick arse, he cannot out run.


Each morning as the sun raises its head, he gives gratitude,

Granted another day to ward his best,

Making every minute count, knowing life is a blessing,

Ready to face every distortion, wrinkle, trial or test.


He smiles in the face of adversity,

Grinning when you or I would be scrambled in a heap on the floor,

He’ll never turn his back on a known enemy,

No, instead he’ll walk them kindly through the rear door.


He has an inner strength that glows foolishly,

A beacon calling for those that are driven by pain,

Like a firefly to a flame, they rush in blindly,

Adamant they can handle his solutions, they try in vain.


History has their demise sitting on repeat,

Trolling the minds of the forgotten battles, tried and tested,

Sword clashes roll over the airwaves of the valley,

While the hills covet the well rested.


Blood will be drawn here on the dawn,

A shower of life’s essence wasted upon this ground,

And although he’ll be the last man standing,

His lessons will be heartbreaking, long lived and profound.

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Originally published on Medium


About the Creator

Colleen Millsteed

My first love is poetry — it’s like a desperate need to write, to free up space in my mind, to escape the constant noise in my head. Most of the time the poems write themselves — I’m just the conduit holding the metaphorical pen.

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  • Anna 2 months ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳🥳🥳

  • Jay Kantor2 months ago

    Hi-C ~ After reading a zillion+1 of your stories this one stands out so much with me ~ j-bud in l.a.

  • olymoolla2 months ago

    Your stat is challenging your story is so beautiful you write like this you will be a great writer I wish and yes one more thing please open my vocal id and a story come later

  • Yayyyyyyy I'm sooooo happy this got a Top Story! Congratulations! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Alex H Mittelman 2 months ago

    Congrats on top story! I told you one of your poems would get TS one day! Congratulations! Well deserved! You’re amazing!

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Awesome inspirational poem!¡ Loved it!!! 💕♥️♥️ Congratulations on Top Story too!!!

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    You know, it true isn't it? Being the last man standing doesn't always equate to happiness. Excellent piece, my friend. Congrats on the TS.

  • Kendall Defoe 2 months ago

    Excellent work!

  • sleepy drafts2 months ago

    This is powerful, thoughtfully written, and has an engaging flow. ❤️ Beautifully done and congratulations on Top Story! 💗

  • Dana Crandell2 months ago

    I rememeber that guy. This is beautiflly written. Congratulations, Colleen!

  • Gerard DiLeo2 months ago

    Beautifully rendered. Bravo.

  • Test2 months ago

    Well done! Keep pushing forward with your excellent work—congrats!

  • A. Lenae2 months ago

    So many lessons woven into this, with awesome imagery. I really enjoy the sharp, grounding effect of your words and the message you delivered home with beautiful clarity. Also love the line, "Water off a duck’s back, once the worst has dissipated" - just vivid and strong and empowering. Great piece!

  • "History has their demise sitting on repeat". I loved this line the most! Your poem was absolutely powerful and fantastic!

  • I resonate with all of this except for showing the enemy the back door. I've always been the one to invite them in for something to eat while they do their worst. That probably explains so much about me.

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