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I, in My Consternation

Naked branches of November's oak
grasp at dawn's slate sky
before the lake's mirror
as though for sustenance.

I stand at water's still edge, 
seeing the tree's perfect reflection
gnarled in umber chaos,
reaching for proof of truth
in the wasteland of decaying society,
that there is still a connection
binding us through turmoil
of death, separation and change
intruding upon our modern lives.

Leafless limbs reach heavenward
in arboreal prayer for a glimpse of confirmation.
I, in my consternation wonder 
if there's any point to my search.

Should I always have faith
in the future unknown
of God's guiding hand,
or should I accept that we are doomed
to disperse like the tree's October leaves
and blow away, leaving our shared past
at the mercy of the elements?

Copyright © Dale Gregory Cozart | Year Posted 2018


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  1. Date: 10/9/2018 3:44:00 PM

    Beautifully penned, such a thought provoking piece Dale - I have no particular faith - who knows in time if i will go down that path one day:-) hugs Jan xx
  1. Date: 9/27/2018 9:53:00 AM

    Great use of imagery, Dale:)
  1. Date: 9/26/2018 12:48:00 AM

    Dale, the lack of warmth coincides with November's chill and the lack of harmony in today's society. It calls for profound introspection. Very well written! : )
  1. Date: 9/25/2018 2:48:00 PM

    That's a deep thought provoking poem. Love the imagery in the first stanza. And the picture is gorgeous.
  1. Date: 9/25/2018 10:07:00 AM

    I found this to be such a thought provoking piece Dale and a very beautiful write. I really enjoyed it and I truly share your sentiments. Keep the Faith !!!
  1. Date: 9/23/2018 8:34:00 PM

    A lovely and enjoyable read in this free verse, Dale.