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A child of the Sun

Updated on June 27, 2013
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How long this time lay I sleeping

in darkness

my eons of oblivion

and dreams of nothing

to stir at the turning key

the door opening

eggshell cracking.

How brief this time am I animated

in light

a crying breath

a withered used death

a flash extinguished

to sleep in waiting again

in blankets of blackness

a century or millennia

till the next random chance

tap me awake again

watch a sunrise

and live

watch the sun set

and die

to weave my next cocoon

and fall into sable hibernation

of unwondering and dread

that the next time I awaken

the fire will be dead.



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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Shanmarie, thank you for visiting this old one.

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Very interesting, Wayne. Life is indeed short.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Rasma.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      The fires will keep on burning with your wonderful and inspirational poetry.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Lurana, you are too kind. Thank you very much.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you again Rebeka.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Profound and subtle---gifted writing! I like the separation of the phrases. The part with "turning key, door opening, egg cracking" was my favorite...very captivating. ~Lurana

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you again sweety.

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      rebekahELLE 4 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Beautiful. You express so well the intangibles that we can only know from within, all existence is a circle of life. The cocoon knows when to open and close.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Deb. I'm thrilled that you have seemed to grasp some of that insight that I have described. I appreciate your visits.

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      Erika 4 years ago

      "watch the sunrise and live, watch the sunset and Die." what a beautiful line!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Truly, a child of the sun. The darkness is merely a cocoon of rest. This was an exceptional piece filled with insight that many may not see or ever experience as such.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Tom, thank you very much my friend.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Valleypoet.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      All the more reason to seize the day! Carpe diem :D

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      thost 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Very good Wayne, I will vote up.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I do see it now, thank you.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks for the visit Sha.

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      I love the imagery you have evoked Wayne...your poem is very insightful, pondering upon the fleeting nature of life, likening it to a flame flickering on and off as we live, sleep and ultimately die...great work:-))

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow. This one has to be read slowly and several times. Very deep, Wayne!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I will look yours up.

      I'm sorry, I should have specified. Midnight in Jackie's Garden is an eBook on Amazon. I have the link to it at the bottom of this poem.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I wrote a poem with this subject, Before I Wake. Did you mean you published Midnight in Jackie's Garden here or in books stores? I can't find it.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I will check that out today.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you all my dear friends,

      Jackie: (I just published Midnight in Jackie's garden)

      Audrey:

      Nellieanna:

      Faith:

      Cat:

      torrilynn:

      Katheryn:

      Frank:

      Considering some of the comments, I thought I would clarify where my mind was going with this piece. I went to sleep last night thinking that I may have left an enigma, so when I saw Audrey's comment I knew that I had left too much of a puzzle. This piece is about the shortness of life, not just human life, but all life, in retrospect to existence as a whole. I had considered using 'reincarnation' as my title, but that is not exactly what this work is about. Regardless of your beliefs, there is a life force, an energy, that passes from living creature to living creature throughout time, and there is also that inert question, or fear within all of us we sleep. (temporarily or permanently), will I wake up this time?

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      again very well written my friend voted up :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is a beautiful poem, however it may be interpreted. Thanks for sharing it with us.

      ~ Kathryn

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Inspirational and intricate. Shared with others !

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      This is really deep Wayne, I've read it 3 times now... I get something different from it every time. Is it sad that some of my most beautiful moments happen while I'm sleeping?

      Beautiful!

      Cat

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Really liked this one. Very interesting and lovely.

      Voted up ++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, no - the fire will not ever be dead!

      It's beautiful, Wayne, and so very clear in the sunshine.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Enigmatic write Wayne--but so well crafted!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very good, I liked it. Up and sharing.