It Overtakes Me

Through ancient plazas derailing
Music floats in the mystic
I don’t know, probably never know
Even through this rainstorm and blizzard and frostbitten cold
All is calm since the great flood
For the lifegiver restores
The sun shines on this strangeness
Unquestioningly
But for a fleeting breath nothing remains as it was

Nothing shines or sparkles or exhilarates or enlivens or convulses or yearns

Perhaps on a clear day when all is at peace
Perhaps
Long ago now that seems
Standing at the grassy verge, waiting, wishing
Wondering
Thinking about those long lost pilots who gave out in the dark
And the freedom fighters who gave their lives to blow up a bridge
And the sound of a precious voice—yes
It was all worth it

As the clock hands sting
And at the edge of all things
I melt away with sad longing
Dripping from this finite mass
Every beating thing smashed to the brink of nothingness
Even memory—no not that
Some ether of memory lingers where time will not
Where light hides away
Always recalling

We looked at planets and winter
We warmed the night laughing
Chased by the lights of evermore
And running, running to shelter
Wondering if this would always look the same
Verily
As unexpectedly things begin so shall they end
And you never know why.

Dear child, what’s the matter?
Why do the stars cry so?
But the wind brings hollow response
Too heavy a heart to ride these serendipitous zephyrs
The birdsong of radiant freedom
Carrying joys above this world and always on their way
Always going
Always just out of reach waving past the tallest ladder
And two ladders taped together
And three
And

Never have the planets accepted a heart sacrifice
Oh how I wish, have wished
But with their icy polar caps they spin idly by
Now only thirty years until Saturn hears my plea
Whatever is through the telescope..

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~ by thomas conant on February 28, 2014.

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