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Retired Remnants

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Retired Remnants

When truly embracing life, one must 
also embrace the mortal chain of death 
as friends and family continue passing 
in harmony with the earthly seasons, 
in quiet tune with celestial movement. 

What being in profound contemplation 
when dealing with melancholia, 
ever lived their life without flirting 
briefly with the thought of suicide; 
the persuasion of drink compounded? 

The joys of life intermingle with sorrow 
in a stage of life when Time ironically 
becomes an enemy as well as a friend, 
when one endeavors to share wisdom 
that may be unappreciated and rejected. 

The sudden glint off the wing of a 
passing silver bird with many souls, 
recalls to mind the madness that still 
dwells in corners of dark and light, 
of years gained, yet lost in flight. 

© 2012 Connie Marcum Wong 

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  1. Date: 5/16/2012 11:16:00 AM
    How quickly time passes - it definitely becomes the enemy the older we get! It's truly hard to embrace death, not only of others, but also the knowledge of our own passing, coming...loved the melancholy, reflective tone. very deep piece :)

  1. Date: 5/13/2012 3:43:00 AM
    Just looking at your remark after mine. I have a friend who was a stewardess as her career and the stories she tells! The travel must have been wonderful; I think it's dangerous today with all that's going on. Knowing this gives the poem so much more meaning "wing of a silver bird" Lovely!

  1. Date: 5/5/2012 9:15:00 PM
    soupmail, connie

  1. Date: 3/31/2012 12:26:00 PM
    How true that we have to learn to accept death of friends and family members throughout our lives. I have found that "The joys of life (DO) intermingle with the sorrow. The last verse blew me away. Awesome! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/28/2012 5:47:00 AM
    Love that line about time becomes an enemy as well as a friend; how true Connie, so many years are lost in flight. Makes me think of my own life. Beautiful poem. LOve, Elizabeth

    Marcum Wong Avatar Connie Marcum Wong
    Date: 3/28/2012 12:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Elizabeth. This poem is mostly about reflections of life, but my meaning in the last stanza about 'lost in flight' is about the 34 years I spent as a stewardess as I recall the good and bad times.
  1. Date: 3/27/2012 4:29:00 PM
    There is a certain amount of sadness which comes with getting older unless you happen to embrace it as a sort of goal. I figure it took me a long time to get this way and I want credit for it. Great write here. filled with understanding and beauty. God Bless, JB

  1. Date: 3/27/2012 10:08:00 AM
    wonderful Connie, all aspects here, the reality of life and death. and everything in between, this poem is excellent, harry

  1. Date: 3/27/2012 8:24:00 AM
    So true it is only because of the contrast we feel anything at all! Thanks for stopping by my writes! Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/26/2012 11:18:00 PM
    aha, there it is. YOUr awesome poem on life!! a FAVE.

  1. Date: 3/26/2012 4:33:00 PM
    This is a deep sad poem, Connie. my sympathy if you have recently suffered a loss. I see you have not written much lately. Welcome back and I will be watching for more poetry from you. Thank you for reading and commenting today. Lvoe, Joyce

    Marcum Wong Avatar Connie Marcum Wong
    Date: 3/26/2012 6:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I lost my dear aunt, the last sibling alive on my maternal side in July, but the poem is mostly about reflections and my meaning in the last stanza is about the 34 years I spent as a stewardess as I recall the good and bad times.
  1. Date: 3/26/2012 7:53:00 AM
    Deep write. As we get older many things start falling into perspective. Sometimes it's scary.

  1. Date: 3/24/2012 5:47:00 PM
    Very well written Connie ! Have a lovely weekend! - oxox love Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 3/24/2012 1:44:00 PM
    solemn yet full of wisdom and poetic insights, connie.... what a gem!..:) huggs