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The dying perch

I found a perch this morning
Capsized and defeated by the early spring  
Washed into a silty little corner, waiting to become still 
The miniature heart, it beat so fast, it tried very hard 
Fiercely and with fire it tried, in its very unimportant way 
It pulsed a few more times, in vain, then the blood began to cool
Beneath the filigree of grey scales, tarnished with muted gold 
Painted over with strong looking black lines, like racing stripes 
I stirred then, upon reflex, as it was clear that the life had ebbed away 
Quiet within a hush, how small it became, I thought
Some lost minutes held me there in a brief reverie 
Myself only a distortion in the glassy button eye 
Then the moment was gone and I heard the waves again
My body towered above the scene once more, sun weary and sleepy 
I gave a parting breath and turned without another glance
With only a few steps I had forgotten everything
Nothing-thoughts took up the space 
I turned and headed back up the path that led me home 

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  1. Date: 5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
    Quietly the awareness comes upon us of our own mortality. Well said.

  1. Date: 4/27/2013 10:33:00 AM
    A stunning portrait of death. Beautiful

  1. Date: 4/25/2013 9:46:00 PM
    Awww! beautiful sad story Jeremy, done so well! great write! have a nice night : )

  1. Date: 4/24/2013 9:31:00 AM
    This poem spoke to me... reminded me of me... what I se when I look in the mirror...barely pulsating, life being drained, but that all disappears when I turn to face the world around me. This was so beautiful. Thank you

  1. Date: 4/24/2013 1:12:00 AM
    you are amazing, Jeremy. What Connie said below here is so true of your poetry in general,not just this one. it reminded me also of a time I found a dying cat on the street and laid it on the grass after it died in my arms. I never did find its owner. I wrote a poem on that one as you did with the perch. There is something so strange about seeing life ebb out of any living thing. can't put my finger on the emotion of it. Oh, I never did see Machu Picchu. it would be cool.

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 8:33:00 AM
    Some gripping emotions laid out strongly here. I'm impressed!

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 7:21:00 PM
    Such intimate and compassionate thoughts that could only be expressed with someone who has a poet's heart. Very beautiful write Jeremy. It touched me!