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The Pale Horizon beyond the Darkness

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Is it best to live our lives within the safety of the light,
or foolishly and playfully burn a torch against the night?
Should we listen to the solemn silence and respect its sensibilities,
or best to shout and cry and laugh and sing and do much as we please?

Is it white or black or is it colour, texture, and flare?
Do we keep it clean and tidy, combed; side parted? Do we really care?
If upon a midnight bridge a stranger smiles at us and stares,
Do we follow him with heart racing or cry out to others, “Beware!”

What waits for us as we drift by afloat waiting for a breeze to take our sail?
What watches patiently as such time as we roll to show a chink in our mail?
Do we pay for others services with treasures hard found on the battle field,
Or cherish those around us so that one day they may give us what we need?

Is it honesty and loyalty or cleverness and tricks?
Does laziness prolong your years but on the sand fall quick?
Do we stand with those around in such dark times as we might,
Or hibernate away the hours until the coming of the dawn’s pale light?

And is it right I spent such time debating what is good and great,

Or should get on with living it before it is too late?


9 responses

  1. Pingback: Thursday Poets Rally Week 44 (May 19-25, 2011) | Promising Poets' Poetry Cafe

  2. good questions and I like your ending – it is best to live and live well – pondering just not too deeply or for too long.

    18/05/2011 at 11:46 pm

  3. Loved it! A very contemplative poem combined with awesome word flow. Clever!

    20/05/2011 at 11:14 am

  4. fun read,

    there are many things we share
    but don’t care.

    bless you, elegant poetry.

    20/05/2011 at 3:54 pm

  5. very nice. live life to the fullest for life is short.
    keep it up! 🙂

    20/05/2011 at 5:45 pm

  6. Wow! Thanks for all the comments. Really pleased that you all like it. Look out for more short stories and poems.

    For news of new posts via facebook you can visit:!/pages/Supernova1987a/183760264995918

    Have a great weekend.

    Lee Marshall

    20/05/2011 at 6:05 pm

  7. so much to think about in life!! OMG!!!

    i loved this poem!!! =)

    22/05/2011 at 10:24 am

  8. beautiful !

    23/05/2011 at 7:49 am

  9. Powerful piece of writing, especially that last line

    “…Or should get on with living it before it is too late?”

    03/07/2011 at 2:23 pm

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