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Friday, July 9, 2010

Withdrawal Into a Prison of Thought

The heartbeat beats, beats, beats.
It's all that I can hear.
It beats out a path, it beats, beats,
I don't even have to steer.

And on the path of mysteries
My footsteps beat alone.
Steps in ones and two and threes;
These stumbles are all I've known.

The path is black, polished black,
A polished deep black stone.
I watch the ground, my face stares back
And shows me what I've shown.

I wonder, wonder, wonder if...
If I could stop and turn
What lies behind, beyond the cliff,
The cliff my shoulders form.

For I am the edge, the very edge
Of my existence here
On the path, the path I pledge
To walk, however sheer

However sheer my terror, my fear...
However fast hearts beat,
There is no turning back, I fear,
Till now and future meet.

And when the heartbeat meets its beats,
When all things―all things―end,
What possessions, or what feats
Compare to one good friend?

What can I do or think or say,
Say or want or make,
That won’t be bloodied rags someday,
That won’t start seeming fake?

But now I hesitate and wonder,
Doubt my own assumption;
Wonder wonder, did I blunder?
Did I pay attention?

The heartbeat beats, beats, beats,
My footsteps beat a path,
But on that path beside me fleets
A footstep kin to wrath;

Akin to wrath, to strength, to hope,
Again, to light and awe,
A friend, a brother, king and pope,
A God without a flaw.

I follow the path alone, indeed;
It’s true: my heart, it beats
Single and unaccompanied,
In a row of empty seats.

But solitude can go so far
Before it’s too extreme.
Even day has its own star,
And coma patients dream.

1 comment:

  1. ...I follow the path alone, indeed;
    It’s true: my heart, it beats
    Single and unaccompanied,
    In a row of empty seats.

    But solitude can go so far
    Before it’s too extreme.
    Even day has its own star,
    And coma patients dream...

    ...heavy...I like the theme and rhythm of this piece...these lines grabbed my interest and lingered in my thoughts...ONE::

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