struggle.

August 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

you were not frightened because of the shot hand

or height meaning an end; stray fire

you were not frightened because death came upon you

and gazed from many eyes into your shelter

 

you saw that we carried on, and you were frightened

how we rearranged our lives, as we had been seasoned

around your loss, by your own hand

 

you saw that we mourned you as individuals but not as a collective

and you were frightened.

 

bread as rare as peace, and still we carried on

 

you saw that life went on where death ended, and death began

you saw we carried on, and you were frightened

you saw that life could not be tamed, though life be taken

you feared it given, again and again, from inside of us

you saw we carried on, and you carried on, taking

 

and you were frightened, knowing

life could be taken

and given again, without your knowing, beyond your shot hand,

beyond your field, your shelter, many eyes, stray fire

the giving could not be broken, no

 

nor when it was over, could you force it forward,

upward, from your shelter

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