Standing at the Edge

Infant stars in the Small Magellanic Cloud.
Infant stars in the Small Magellanic Cloud. | Source

Standing at the edge,
Time's chasm opens deep;
Stars filter down,
Dust motes infinite air to keep.

Age upon age,
My soul has wandered,
Stopping here and there
Till time is squandered.

Brief moments I stare
Out eyes of blue;
See in an infant's face
A mother's hue,

Or in a stranger's gait
A father I've long forgot,
And simple bliss
Long lost from thought.

Many names
And many eyes
Have been mine,
But each one dies.

And now time has turned
Toward the start
Where home has been
So long apart.

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US naval officer holds a Senegalese baby. Part of a medical outreach project. | Source

How Long?

How long have our souls slumbered, being dragged from one incarnation to the next, never seeing clearly the tapestry of life and time?

Old man from Pune, India.
Old man from Pune, India. | Source

I have seen the Roman campaigns of glory, proudly carrying the standard of my Centurion. I have wept at the loss of old Atlantis, afraid that time would not save us from the jaws of starvation, but we few survived, nonetheless.

Winter: Snowy woods.
Winter: Snowy woods. | Source

I grow weary of the plodding monotony amidst the false distractions of mortal pleasures. The story is nearly always the same: birth, suckling, yearning, youthful arrogance, mature uncertainty, feeble regret and death.

Spring: Farmland sunrise.
Spring: Farmland sunrise. | Source

These bones are but a borrowed cage. They house a bird which longs to take flight and has done so, briefly, on occasion. But clouds of sleep return and the bird clings to the cage for safety and certainty.

Summer: Country road.
Summer: Country road. | Source

How long has it been since we turned our backs on the light of true vision? How long have we lived in the cold, hard darkness of physicality, unable to see without these mortal instrumentalities?

Autumn: Fall colors.
Autumn: Fall colors. | Source

We are each very ancient beings borrowing temporary vessels. These Homo sapiens bodies clothe us for awhile and must be shed for a new set until one day we find a way to wake up. But I'm afraid that the millennia have turned and time has run its course. The end is upon us. The signs have started. And though I feel fear at the great change that is to come, a part of me rejoices that the angels have started to march.

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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

My favorite;

"These bones are but a borrowed cage. They house a bird which longs to take flight and has done so, briefly, on occasion. But clouds of sleep return and the bird clings to the cage for safety and certainty."

Causes one to ponder, thank you lone77star for presenting a full meal for this mind weary of the past week's work , , ,


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lone77star 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thanks, @tsmog. I appreciate your kind words. I have a special fondness for that paragraph, as well.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

great poem...i can't fathom the vastness of the universe...


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lone77star 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Me neither, @raciniwa. It's fun to attempt fathoming it, though. Thanks for the kind words.


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TENKAY 4 years ago from Philippines

"Or in a stranger's gait

A father I've long forgot,

And simple bliss

Long lost from thought."

I lost a sister 10 years ago and my father 5 years ago. But I see them everywhere... a familiar smile, gestures, walk, ...

Thank you for the poem. Exactly my thoughts put into words.


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lone77star 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thank you, @TenKay, and I'm sorry for your loss.


PWalker281 4 years ago

What if, instead of fearing this "great change that is to come" we see it as the beginning of our waking up to who we really are?

Profound sentiments, beautifully expressed. Rated up, beautiful and awesome!


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lone77star 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thanks, @PWalker. I understand, but like going to the dentist, there's a little bit of pain before you have your new, bright and shining smile. Only the pain we're likely to suffer may more than halve the population of this planet.

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