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life becomes so sweet
so precious life to the eye
life in all its forms –
the rock strewn stream bubbles life
even those worn-round pebbles

a silver fish drowned
soaked to death in my shower
strange how sad i felt
after watching it struggle
after offering nothing

like mixed emotions
when i tangle spider’s web
the tiny worker
tiny artist full of life
and i so full of myself

death now seems all round
and i only half alive
in my absent years
floating down that rock-strewn stream
drowned silver fish, sad spider

Dave Austin

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  1. Date: 9/3/2013 4:24:00 PM
    Speaks volumes to the power of observation and just letting life happen -- even when we think we're absent from it. Great thought-provoking poem. Best, Don

  1. Date: 9/1/2013 6:36:00 PM
    I get the feeling that there isn't much we can do about many things except notice and feel as much compassion as possible for just living life :)

  1. Date: 8/26/2013 9:06:00 AM
    Nice poem...looking for more :) A~D

  1. Date: 8/21/2013 5:05:00 PM
    Everything has a purpose, to notice, is to honor that purpose. Lovely introspective poem Daver.

  1. Date: 8/16/2013 2:25:00 PM
    I know so well these feelings.......never before in my life have they been as apparently intense as this past year....Never giving much thought to the life of so small a thing that surrounds me, a bee, a bug, a spider, those ants around me, nature's expectation, like our own, is important.....never had I given it so much thought as I do now.....a most precious thing. Love love this poem!!

  1. Date: 8/15/2013 3:18:00 PM
    Hi, Daver, thanks for visiting me today and I hope to see a new one from you very soon!!

  1. Date: 8/12/2013 3:48:00 PM
    A powerful reflective piece here Daver, part of living is believing I suppose.' part of life experience is accepting death and inadequacy...I think you have done great Daver..!

  1. Date: 8/10/2013 5:55:00 PM
    Daver,you can free yourself from the restraints of tanka and do this as free verse. It's such a wonderful poem. A FAVE for my collection.

  1. Date: 8/10/2013 2:14:00 PM
    Strong imagery and metaphors, Daver. The "worn-round pebbles", more polished, it would seem.:) Always enjoy reading your work! Keep well, love, Mikki

  1. Date: 8/10/2013 8:59:00 AM
    Daver, my friend.....I dig your vibe here man! Extreme coolness dude! I like the Native American like philosophy...."life in all its forms-" I believe this myself....and also try to express such.....keep on keepin' on, brother! jimbo