I realize that this poem may be a bit confusing to read. It's a poem for my English class on the two different main characters in A Separate Peace - Finny, bolded; Gene, italisized; then regular is the thoughts that they share. (At first, it was three columns: on the left, Finny, in the middle, shared thoughts, and on the right, Gene. Think of a Venn diagram.) Well, read and review, please.


Two Voices

I can't let myself
fail

I can't let myself bail

I care what
the world thinks of me

Trust me - everyone
wins at sports

The government says
the same about forts

The

goodbad

thing is
You really can't flee

He is the good, the best
the athletic and the fair
I'll admit: people
like me are rare

At the same height...

He seems so much higher

At the same age...

He never seems to tire

My best friend...

He's really a delight
A great guy to know,
And he knows how
To fight
I like to think
I have responsibility

But I don't.

I've never done
Anything
really
bad

He is a good guy at
heart, even though
he's simply mad

Besides: there hasn't
been one thing
I couldn't get myself
out of
(I hate that about him.)

We have so few doubts
Although, in happiness,
there's a drought
My greatest friend...
What would life be like without?