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Pavement of Repetition part 1

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Pavement of Repetition part 1

Walking the path each day
introverted thoughts in 
cased in my skull
a boneyard of ebbing 
memories and thought-processes 
back slightly hunched over 
eyes to the ground 
seeing earth, stone 
cracks, grass, flowers 
bird droppings, dog's as well 
dotting the slick 
pavement of repetition 

I occasionally look up
at the sound of honks 
and horns, my feet the
usual sound 
          slap slapping 
the pavement of repetition 
usually my heart beats 
rapidly in my chest as 
I increase, speed on 
purpose, wanting the rush 
the kick, to feel alive 
and afloat amongst 
a sea of repetition 

Day in and day out 
I walk briskly from
my lair to my sweat-
shop of endless shelving 
the same each day 
except when minuet
differences occur to add 
layers of perceptions 
the unexpected 
to the expected 

Although the path 
may not change the 
seasons in their serenity
certaintly do 
spring to summer 
fall to winter 
the breath seen by 
all on the day I 
saw you 
standing there alone 
and afraid 
the bushes, your neighbors 
had the thin coating 
of a finished car 
covered by dew and 
frost 
they did not change 
and in their immunity 
mocked your transformation 
I realized that I never 
took notice of you 
day out and 
day in 
always looking 
never stopping 
to see such a 
friendly face 

you changed from your 
puffed up green 
to a blood red 
your dying friend!
or so it seemed 
your veins protruding out   
of star-shaped 
leaves 
you stood there friend 
different and changed 
no longer content with 
the past life you lead 
the caterpillar your mentor 
you cocooned your inner 
voice and thoughts 
in a tangled web of 
masks the greenery such 
an expectation to 
the unexpected that you
blended in, disappeared
amongst all of the 
clones of leaves of 
grass. Yet here you are 
standing tall and unique, 
yourself changed for
the better. No longer 
going with the natural 
order of things.

I passed you again, 
now looking up 
past the pavement 
of repetition 
and saw you changed 
yet again 
your stars no longer 
hanging and flowing 
blood-red energy of 
life 
NO
they were brown and 
puke-green, dried 
except when wet by 
morning dew and rain 
fallen to the ground 
dead and you my 
friend your branches 
old and shriveled 
appeared old and 
dead. What has 
happened friend you 
look ill, sick 
done in.

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  1. Date: 12/30/2010 4:55:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading your excellent poetry this morning Colin. I will be back after the New Year to read more of your poetry. Wishing you a very Happy New Year. Love, Carol