Life this moment

We seek sanctuary from time itself,

When today is unbearable,

Yesterday is the embrace of love

A shelter from the incessant storm

Our asylum is so small,

A place of love we can barely see

An indivisible moment in a day,

A day in a life of years

Oh so poor are we,

Eternally misplaced in time

This treasure of years in front of us

Only a moment or two behind

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The endless columns that stand tall

Ravines that burrow into the heart of the Earth

Streams that are the epitome of calm

Turbulent seas of mortal vexation

The hills that frighten and embrace

All this and so much more

 

Living inside none other but you

Shun the arrogance of understanding another,

Leave your ego at the door

You claim to give another all of yourself,

When you know not what it is

A brief thought

In the complete darkness of your apathy,

My cries light up the house

The lingering hope is my survival

A delusion to drown the silence

And so days go by, unvarying and unending

I know not where night ends,

Whence sprang the day I cannot behold

I know not which echo is hope,

And which one the fantasy

Surfeit

I have tarried in the tempest so long,

The clear day burns into my being

Joy only creates wonder

I take your hand when you need shade

Oh but bid me farewell,

I have novel worries to build

Come down on me, enraged rain

Wash away this momentary joy

I must dress to suffer anew

Now

In the world of time,

Some of us are destined to lose

All that we have but for a moment

Is all we lose forever

Such agony we find looking back,

Such fears we grow, looking ahead

Oh but this moment we’re blind to

Here and now we are sightless

Here and now is everything

Mist

So cold is the night, so thick the fog

My hands buried in my pockets,

My face covered with a russet scarf

All thoughts halt as I see the lamp

Obstinate in its will to give light,

While besieged by the unrelenting fog

In enigmatic swirls and death-like hue,

The mist dances around the light

I walk by silently and am shaken awake

So drowned was I in the reverie

That for a moment of oblivion,

I was the lamp and my thoughts the mist

False shields

We live in contradictions,

Little lies hide behind the truest truths

We unite under myriad banners,

To sow seeds of division

We stand together with strangers,

To alienate those at home

To a higher purpose we claim allegiance

While basking in the depths of hatred

Our fingers point everywhere

Seemingly highlighting falsehood

We speak movingly of the future

While leaving hatred in our wills

Fertile spaces

Seek not the words between my lines,

Pay not heed to the whispering wind

Take all my silence if you must

Leave me with a painful treasure

Of these words that confound,

These jewels to curse a lifetime

Halt all effort, all judgement

Find meaning in the echoes of my silence

Surface and depth

Many live on the surface,

Calm and drowned in the present

I reside in the depths

The corals of my own thought

Lending colour to a solitary world

Other dash across for errands,

I stop for inane discourse

Reflections about reflections haunt me

I am forever torn

For to swim to the surface is impossible,

To stay here, an enduring torment

I bide my time in indecision,

Some years gone, some to go

I must bid farewell now,

The depth beckons with unending love

To a new friend

Come, let’s start where others bid farewell

Let’s unite where others part

On jagged pebbles the first step lands

Not in the embrace of loving grass

Show me your most ferocious storm

So we may admire the sunlight more

Compromise shall be our very beginning,

Not the obstacle hindering our illusions

‘Tis easier to bid farewell in poor light

If we are not destined to walk for long

Let’s first share the darkness

For the sun may never rise