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A rebirth

He inspires somber fireside melodies 
Children keep a distance, 
or whisper trepid greetings 
Tears roll uncontrollably
and nights never end  

Once,  
he could conjure soft rains, 
And the sensation of stormy droplets  
One after the other,  
they found solace
in a joint stream of tears and laughter 
But nothing seems to live within him  
now 

Idle winds hasten with each shallow breath 
His halting pulse sliding  
along in the ensuing current
It wields acute visions of his remote past  
severely depleted by a brittle reality  
And a faint rhythm  
barely pacing the angry winds  

He hears the steady hum  
of an ineffable thought 
It’s the only song he knows 
It rings unbearably through him 
inducing a rare prayer 
But fading emotions flood the dreary night 
He wanders through dreamless crevices  
while angels rest 
Birds fall silent  
when he breaks an intimate radius 
They fail to hear the sound of life   

Eyes glow incessantly in the dark 
A lone candle casting his 
silhouette against the wall behind him 
He cannot bear his own shadow 
Every flicker recalls a glittering past 
Every fade, a dimming existence  

Spirits scurry in apprehension 
He bears a disconcerting cocktail 
of impassive eyes and indifference 
He offers the spirits a wide berth
But every path leads nowhere but 
Past curious owls 
and pensive trees
and bewildered creatures
All sensing a presence… 
and seeing nothing  

They ask questions 
About higher beings and broken souls 
About our natural order and enduring hope 
About heavens, birds, trees 
and the spirits that live within  
They relate a solemn tale 
That his life carries a matching  
and constant destiny 
Of an equivalent death  
and sad parity 
And the dawn of a new rebirth

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  1. Date: 2/28/2014 9:03:00 AM

    Thanks, Raymond. I always appreciate your comments. Sadly, I NEVER perform, never have. And I also don't spend enough time on Poetrysoup. I just about post something and disappear. Too many other pressures, I suppose.
  1. Date: 2/27/2014 6:08:00 AM

    I wud really die to listen to you perform this poem live..Sick slam

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