Poem: Collage

The mysteries and vagaroes of natural elements.


Sunset happens,
    depending upon the time of year
    and one’s latitude,
    somewhere between the early news
    and the late night wrap-up,
    un-attended for the most part

An event common to ageless sweeps
    across mankind’s history,
    for the pause before sleep,
    for the silent holding of hands
    and holding of thoughts
    before another day

And we find ourselves
    Among the most trivially and relentlessly
Informed of that spread of generations,
    back to the big-bang of creation
Underwhelmed and overfed,
    but no fact or whimsy left unspoken

In this swamp of reality and fancy,
    neighbors bury their dead
    and bury their heads
    in isolated hands, weeping
All pain covered by the flickering image,
    smiles shielding broken lives

Event becomes a blur upon event
    all choice becoming none at all,
    one collage on top of another,
    intervening, in-betweening
The hand and thought spread out
    during endless unattended sunsets
Poetry Collection: Broken Pieces
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