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The Other

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     There is an ... other -

An oppressive weight that balances,
          Entropy demands it ...
               As does all that is precious and estimable.
     The bright of the day demands it ...

The surety of each heart thrum,
          The value of life and love and kindness demands it,
               Each moment given to care ...
     Each tender tear let in passion's stead,

Every wild and wondered thing ...
          Depends on its sacred depth and darkening.
               We dare not breathe its name,
     Yet without it, all is valueless ...

Without it, all is ruin.
          Its lack would bring worse than doom,
               For even doom, the echo of hope, has bearing ...
     Indifference and apathy would flood its absence,

And all that's exemplary would forsake worth,
          No shine or lilt or ebullience would remain ...
               Even the sweet belly laughs of children,
     Would be drained of their joy ...

And life itself, its import and motive.
          There is an ... Other ...
               Patient and rooted as the heavens,
     And far, far more more eternal ...

But beware ... its sweet kiss.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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