Rusty can a chosen life

A tin can sits under the sun.
Rust covers the outside
like a plague.
A tenuous life causes
a sense of depletion.

Its fragile structure
caves at the bottom.
when lifted
sand flows from the sides.

A deposit was made
from the back of the rain.
It was not of symbiosis
but of a gritty coexistence.

A shard of glass by a rock
lays covered with rust.
Was it a bottle or a jar?
Who knows....

It could have contained
a grand liquor
as it sits fancily in the ballroom.
Carrying the ingredient
which taints the blood
of few celebrations of yore.

Happiness through inebriation
causes a moments lapse of pain.
Yet if it caused happiness,
who is to say anything
because time has already passed.

The beetle carries a small
stalk from a plant.
An ecstasy of completion
is created out of the might of his work.
Yet in his craw is ambition
which lays no room for sorrow.

A single flower sways
as the wind blows it forward
towards a place where people
have discarded memories.

A little further along
is a small cemetery
with small bent golden tuft of
grass adorning every crooked board.

The tombstone in the center read.

I made my bed
now I may have my peace.

I carry the can and
place it over the grave
so both can rust together.

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always exploring 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

Oh my goodness, this is amazing!!Your thoughts are so beautiful. Thank you.


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Ben Evans 6 years ago Author

Thank you very much for coming by and reading. I am very glad you enjoyed it.

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BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

this is great. The life of a rusty can and so much more, intertwined with a persons life too. It kind of stirred my emotions, especially the last part. Great write.

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Ben Evans 6 years ago Author

Thank you Bobbi. It is about closure for me. I am glad you came by to read.

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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

Very clever work with words. Thank you so much for sharing and I really enjoyed reading this poem.

Take care Ben.

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Ben Evans 6 years ago Author


You are very welcome and thank you so much for reading.


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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

Clever, really creative and beautiful ideas.

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Ben Evans 6 years ago Author

hi acaetnna,

I am glad that you stopped by to read my poem.

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