Sunday, December 08, 2013

641 : A Life in the Day

Sunday Whirl (Wordle #138) presents a list of words
that we must incorporate in a writing piece.  

The words this week are:

prison, cloak, become, lens, goods, cash,
pursuit, skirt, cruel, wild, Venus, beloved

A Life in the Day

We emerge
From a prison 
Of sorts,
A safe house
Some say,
Into the light,
Into a world
That is harsh,
Wild even, 
Wildly uneven,
Sometimes comforting
Often cruel,
And frequently unfair.

What we do,
What we become,
In our pursuit 
Of purpose,
How we skirt, 
—Or not,
And the vagaries
Of our fate
Is as unpredictable
As the landing 
Of a falling leaf.
Our life when viewed 
Is through a lens
But darkly so.

The Morning Star,
The Evening Star,
The goddess of love,
Is with us
All the way.
Who will be
Our ‘beloved’?
And who us for them?
And for how long?
And why?

If we follow
The approved
We will worship
And accumulate
But of what value
Are these things?

The day
Of our life,
The small flicker
In the fabric of time
Will, like the sun,
And decline,
Until the night, 
Like a cloak,
Is laid upon us.
We must use the time
© J Cosmo Newbery 2013

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  1. Amen to that last sentiment. Good wordling!

  2. I like it, well done.

  3. I think you have just explained the meaning of life..and here was i thinking it was 42!

  4. Love this, strong and beautiful, with so many layers.

  5. Our wordles will be as different as where a leaf falls. Amen.

  6. "unpredictable as the falling of a leaf" .... "the small flicker in the fabric of time" ... OH MY! this poem is now one of my favorites in a stellar body of work... these images, this languages could have been penned by Venus herself. A work about and threaded throughout with a love and mastery of language so shimmering that it soars into wisdom and beauty :)

  7. I agree, J Cosmo. It's what we do with our time that defines a life.

  8. So little of it, we must use the time wisely.

  9. Nobody knows better than us, what? where? when? - just we need be true to ourselves...and 'use time wisely'.

  10. Beautifully composed, deeply satisfying, and the ending is an exhaled breath. Wonderful!


  11. Great piece. And, very wise.

  12. What value, indeed, J.C. And time used wisely. Yes.

    Peace and joy.

  13. How profound, true and so easily ignored are your words. Mankind didn't advance far when such thoughts were important, but now the chink of coins and the riffle of notes is our goal as we sink further into the mire. Christmas is of course a time when we lie to ourselves as we waste money, forget the season and it's meaning and try to make our families happy with waste. Others meanwhile nod with satisfaction.

  14. Great philosophising!

  15. Through a glass darkly is apt ! Visibility for some is darker than others.

  16. Wisdom tucked in every line. So often the shiny things capture our attention and hold us tight. Loved this! I don't think anyone crafts a finer poem from a list of disjointed words than you, J Cosmo.

  17. The unpredictable skirting of life's events describes my journey well!

    Whirling Ashes

  18. J Cosmo, this is so thoughtful and beautiful. One of my absolute favs of yours.

  19. AnonymousJuly 03, 2015

    This is phenomenal.


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