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The Maze

Updated on March 20, 2010


It was a maze –

Amazed people walked their lives through it

Calling out to each other

                        to share it

                        to live it

The doors to the maze were slatted

To let the air pass through

Together with the noise

                        of mowing lawns

                        of Singer sewing machines

                        of click-click dog’s paws

                        of Life and Lives

And the green light would pass through –

The green eternal summer light

That glowed with the sun

And drank in the shade


One chameleon pulled the shade over with a leaf

And waited

While the people in the maze-house waited

                        for coolness

                        for breath

                        for nightfall

The mid-day was spent by doing things

To wait for the day to end

And thoughts were put away in ice chests

                        so they wouldn’t melt in the sun

                        so they could be taken out at night

                        so no one would see

And the heat of the day melted with the sunset

And they turned on all their lights

So they wouldn’t be afraid to close the windows.

The windows closed, the slatted doors were opened.


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    • Rose West profile image

      Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks, Pamela! I'm glad you liked it :)

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I enjoyed this very much. I can relate to many parts of this.

    • Rose West profile image

      Rose West 8 years ago from Michigan

      Smireles, thanks for taking the time to come by and comment!

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      Sandra Mireles 8 years ago from Texas

      Great poem. Thank you.