Long Gone

Long Gone

Long gone, past, forgotten or lost,
Missing, awol, blown off course,
Bereft, abandoned, ground to dust,
Disconnected from the source,

That observes us grow, bigger than
We are; sap rising like a tower.
To breathe such exalted air can
Intoxicate, seduce, offer power,

Taken for granted, assumed to be
A rightful possession, always there
Later to discover it's temporary -
Change happens when we're unaware

Could I, should I, would I have known?
Or heard if life had summoned me?
Can consciousness delay, postpone
Or shed light upon this mystery?

Who watches a fragile flower wilt?
Or sees ageing play its silent role
To deconstruct what nature built?
Slowly, relentlessly, taking its tollĀ 

The cruel master does not hesitate
To reclaim prized gifts, one by one;
For some, a lesson learned too late,
How small we are, how soon long gone

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Paul Waring

Thu 22nd Dec 2016 13:33

Hi Andy, thanks for your comment. Long Gone, I suppose, reflects the Joni Mitchell line "you don't know what you've got 'til its gone" and is about being mindful, not deluding ourselves or taking life for granted. By the way, I'm so impressed by the quality of the poetry on here, and I really enjoyed reading the poems you have posted. Cheers, Paul

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AM Cash

Thu 22nd Dec 2016 10:58

This is a poem of our age, what fools are we to neglect our own thoughts until it is too late. AMC

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Paul Waring

Wed 21st Dec 2016 18:48

Patricia and Stefan, thank you so much! As per my bio, I have barely written anything for 20 years until all my work disappeared last year. Long Gone percolated in my head for almost a year and then finally came together this past week. I was delighted to read your comments. Paul x

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Wed 21st Dec 2016 17:39

great piece Paul,and all summed up brilliantly in the last two lines.


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