Wednesday, November 04, 2020

New Poetry by Earl Livings


And there you have it,
each metaphor for life—
game, battle, meditation,
path of heart, soul making—
unravelling at the first sign
of your death bed.

Each one had merit,
as a bright jewel looked at
from each angle
hints at that deeper beauty
only a simultaneous view
might reveal. Yet each word
you use to describe those views,
and the darkness beneath them,
are never enough, and you shiver.

And so there you have it,
this enigma of being full
of life and not knowing it,
not knowing if you ever
fully displayed your jewel.

And maybe that is the true gift—
accepting the doubt
and hoping that before life
calls you to account,
a laugh, a scent, a touch
will summon you
to remember, to smile,
to give thanks for mystery,
this darkness blinking at you.

- © Earl Livings 2020

Earl Livings has published poetry and fiction in Australia and also Britain, Canada, the USA, and Germany. His work mainly focuses on nature, mythology and the sacred. His second poetry collection, Libation (Ginninderra Press) was published in 2018 and he is currently working on a dark ages novel and his next collection of poetry.

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