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Endings of My Breath

Updated on August 4, 2016
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Kenneth has a taste for abstract/prose poetry as well as the comical side of life. 23-years of writing for a newspaper has served him well.

In dark silence I see him clearly
In dark silence I see him clearly | Source

I live on the shadow of the wind silent, unseen, pure.
I'm then. I'm now. Of hearts tangled ways so shy, so dear.
I'm a sparkle, a fleeting lie, I exist as Heaven's dove flies
In steps of faith so frightful and few. I'm behind and over you.

You hear my whisper in night's of sweat
Of plans not now. Of razor's whet.
I walk, I wink, and dwell in caves where masters think.
The serpent, the toad, an ancient oak, vanish with my wink.

On waters quiet. A moth's terror flight. I wonder, ponder things of old.
Of hunger crumbs not fed and poured out like dust of gold.
Yet live I from now 'til now that once was then
Encircling a book, a mighty book of life, fools and sin.

Dark men came and hands spoke clear
I heard not their silly sound on parchment or ear.
The rabbits still, a water well and yet, disease comes near
To tell his tale, a jailor's bail I'm seen on a widow's tear.

I have no pity, compassion, or love
I've never dwelt in smoke below or sweet heights above.
I'm always needed and never spoke of since
But let tormented adversity rise and I but an expense.

Whining baby carries my name and man of growth my ring
Blindness my friend, ignorance is my wing.
No bars hold me. No hymns can scold me
I'm no man's beast. And no woman's fee.

I cannot die. I cannot lie, but walk my bridge again
Through castle walls, a damsel weeps of my tears so thin.
I laugh. I sigh. And tease death, the old man of darkness
I dance. I flow. I'm where you're at and where you will go.

Is it night or maybe morning
Is it night or maybe morning | Source

© 2016 Kenneth Avery


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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      First of all, thank you kindly for the sweet comment.

      Second, I find your comment deep and very interesting.

      I have never had anyone use that term, "my meaning beneath the words," in commenting on my abstract/prose works.

      Thank you again.

      If I can ever be of help to you, you know where I am.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Gypsy Rose Lee,

      "I appreciate you stopping by and spending some time with this hub."

      "I do not have adequate words to thank you enough. And I do apologize."

      Please stay in touch with me and write anytime.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      "Thank you so much for your time in reading and commenting on this piece. Seriously, your comments mean a lot to me."

      Please have a peaceful night and write to me anytime.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Your poetry is amazing, Kenneth. I have to read it very slowly in order to grasp the meaning beneath your words.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Sad but absolutely magical poetry.

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      John Ward 

      2 years ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      Another great piece. Enjoyed it.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      I agree with you. Forgetting the past is one of my struggles, but thank Almighty God, He is always there to help.

      Peace to you, my Good Friend.

      Keep in touch with me.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Hello in Northern Ireland.

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment. And you are on the right track in your analogy.


      Write to me anytime.

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      stella vadakin 

      2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      I liked your poem especially about the mighty book of life. Fools and sin makeup this life. I try not to think of the past. Thanks for you lovely poem. Stella

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      2 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Another interesting piece of poetry. Rather like a riddle in poetic form.


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