John Marsden Writing Topic #333
Write a poem about a wonderful experience in your life**
In Five Years (Where Will I Be?)
In five years where will I be
with my degree?
What will I see?
What will I learn, what will I know?
Where will I go and how will I grow?
In my first year–
I’ll leave the safe atmosphere
I’ll try to make it on my own
try to prove that I’ve grown
but it won’t take me long to learn
that I have a long way to go.
I’ll make new friends, family and life,
and I’ll realise that this major decision was right.
In my second year–
my world will crumble
a storm is coming, the thunder will rumble
tragedy is near
for three most dear
a friend, a pop and a father figure would be
but what will hurt me next is a shocking unforeseen
it’ll take all my strength, I’ll muster,
when certain supposed loved ones
show their true colours.
In my third year–
I’ll try to move on and pick up the pieces
and try to find peace
I’ll quickly learn
that this won’t come with ease
the people I thought felt love for me
won’t leave me be
they won’t let sleeping dogs lie
this will be hard, it will be a mess
break my heart and cause me stress
but they will never stop me
from moving on with my life.
In my fourth year–
my luck will change,
I’ll spread my wings and fly,
I’ll find love, an unexpected surprise!
I’ll rise and I’ll soar,
but it’ll only be a matter of time
until I fall.
I’ll cry and I’ll bawl
I’ll pick myself up and dust myself off
and try to feel like myself again,
wanting nothing more
than the year to end.
In my final year—
I’ll be eyeing the finish line
wishing that the time will fly
I’ll be looking forward and looking back
at what I’ve learnt and how much has changed
the world around me will revolutionise
my friends will soar high before my eyes
I’ll walk across that stage, I’ll have that moment
one door will close, another will open.
I’ll prove myself, stand in front of the crowd and make my family proud
and I’ll realise,
that the time flew by
before my eyes.
In five years where will I be?
**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.