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Eternity

Written by: James Lee Jobe | Biography
 | Quotes (2) |
  for C. G. Macdonald, 1956-2006


Charlie, sunrise is a three-legged mongrel dog,

going deaf, already blind in one eye,

answering to the unlikely name, 'Lucky.'


The sky, at gray-blue dawn, is a football field painted 

by smiling artists. Each artist has 3 arms, 3 hands, 3 legs.

One leg drags behind, leaving a trail, leaving a mark.


The future resembles a cloudy dream 

where the ghosts of all your life

try to tell you something, but what?


Noon is a plate of mashed potatoes and gravy.

Midnight is an ugly chipped plate

that you only use when you are alone.


Sunset is a wise cat who ignores you

even when you are offering food; her conception

of what life is, or isn't, far exceeds our own.


This moment is a desert at midnight,

the hunting moon is full, and owls 

fly through a cloudless sky.


The past is a winding, green river valley

deep between pine covered ridges;

what can you make of that?


Night is a secret plant growing inky black against the sky.

When this plant's life is over, then day returns 

like a drunken husband who stayed out until breakfast.


A smile is a quick glimpse at the pretty face of hope.

Hope's face is framed by the beautiful night sky.

Hope's face is framed by the gray-blue dawn.


This is your life, these seconds and years

are the music for your only dance. Charlie,

This is the eternity that you get to know.



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