Accepting Mortality



smoke curtains drifting
choking fog blanketing
ember eyes glowing
in hours beyond evening

sweet perspiration coating the flesh
late hours disperse in passionate flight
wasted away thrills overnight
hungover mornings follow so soon
time and space coexist only in mind




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There in that desert
I watched you claim peace
The sun scorched the earth
when your final breath left
God only knows, I tried to catch it
and hold it within me to give back to you
hold it within me to hold unto you

I'd give you my own
I'd give you my last
The day drifted by, but I took not a step
before I accepted, eight hours had passed
before my eyes lifted toward the setting star to the west
my face, stained with salt, from tears that soaked in
your body still lay right there by my side
I swore that your end would receive some kind of purpose
be dignified, recognized, in light of your sacrifice
some hallowed remembrance of such selfless intention




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Mortal light, glow
over immortal life
in eternal sky
surround us and flow
through and throughout
every daydream
every night lit wish

We realize mortality,
in accepting reality;
defying mentality
of blinded humanity

A birth was our gift,
while in death, we give back,
returning to Earth,
to reclaim what we've lacked

Mortal light, fade
over endless breath
forever above
complete us and course
like blood through the heart
of every night's dream
and every day's hope




© copyright Ben D.A - 2012

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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Intense, overwhelming feelings, really beautiful!


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BenWritings 4 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

nellie - thanks so much for the visit. Your comments are always great to see!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

It is all persistent but those lines already singled out by Ardie and Mark are surely the gleaming pearls within the oyster shell of all the thought. Lovely intense poetry, Ben.


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BenWritings 4 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee Author

ardie - I drew those lines from the deepest part of me, thanks for that comment

mark - I appreciate it a lot man. I really do like that one. thanks for the visit, again


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

Poignant lines quoted by Ardie... I can only imagine what it would feel like to draw that last breath and desperately holding it in because you have her life and maybe somehow you can keep her alive.... unreal imagery and feeling...


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

"when your final breath left

God only knows, I tried to catch it

and hold it within me to give back to you

hold it within me to hold unto you"

How I feel about a precious few in my life. But I was never able to express it quite so beautifully.

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