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the rise and fall.

and when i was young
i wanted to learn
the secret mystery
of all things alive,
why they would rise
and why they would
eventually fall
(like someone tumbling,
like an accident,
or like a morning bird.)
i thought it was a moment,
defining and immediate,
and i kept waiting,
ready to burst with truth.
and as i grew
i studied hard
and never failed a class.
i worked and stayed away
from the people
with the sunken eyes
(too much like the dead,
they frightened me)
I kept clean
and my knees weren’t bruised.
and midway through
i learned about the wars
(the great ones)
and about philosophy and history
and art.
and my heart was heavy
from all the things
that could not be solved,
and the way that
the people would never know
the culmination of their days,
and from all the things
too light and delicate
to touch.
and i said,
where have i been?
my shadow carves a space so small
that sparrows cannot nest there.
what have i done?
my energy is the diffusion
of a small atom bomb.
and what was it worth?
the ocean will still rise and fall,
praying to that balmy moon.

the rise and fall.

A. Blick

Joined November 2009

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am I no longer young?

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