And The World Will Still Roll On

(For Danny Welborn) ~ Some say in dying, you get what you get;   a suicide number on someone’s hit list.   A social statistic; a news item flair;   a cousin of cousins may hear it somewhere.   First comes the daughter, too pretty, unfair;   then falls a baby, it couldn’t breathe air. […] Continue reading

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Oblivion

~ he was alone,     as everyone is; and will be ’til each one will end.   and wherever     he roam, he’ll return     to home;   to his mind,     where we find         it begin.   the reality though,     he simply won’t go to the places     that will not exist. […] Continue reading

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Sequestration

…. This is the month That my mother died.   The year fades fast To memory.   It must have been written In pencil somewhere,   On paper, And there set in stone;   And after awhile, It all erases.   ~ Befuddled, perplexed; At sevens and six;   Forwards, sideways, And backwards:   The […] Continue reading

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Mañana Por La Mañana

      ~ Those dreams again That keep me awake   The dreams I have That won’t let me sleep   Of those who once were But now who are gone   The black cat is mewing For you to come on   I’m coming        I’m coming I’m coming along   There’s no need […] Continue reading

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Concessions and Compromises

  Nature, Unforgiving, Takes back from the living, Recants on committed, Retracts what is given, Reneges.   On everything given It strives behind striven, Survives by just living, Nature deprives in the end. Nature’s a Janus faced friend.   My mother had died While I was sleeping. Death came a-creeping, Still while a-sleeping; Death came […] Continue reading

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Where

  where is the pillow where I lay my head where mother’s head lain where mother lay dead where the child still searches where the old child at that where the young mother is where now is the laughter where now are the tears where now went the years where the mother was where ever […] Continue reading

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forever at home

project to project a workday is run   lunchtime     breaktime breakfast      a repast at home   round the round cycle ’til the clock says it’s done   project by project one done    by one   day labor    working ’til all of it’s    gone   nonsense in shirking not […] Continue reading

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The Chargé de Camp

  Time’s running out. At a point, you can tell. But you don’t.    You won’t notice,     you ignore it.   And that point begins when close family and friends up ends    and begins    to diminish.   ‘Diminishing Returns,’     the fancier term, I’ll just cut to the chase and […] Continue reading

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Denouement

  ~ Collapse?      Perhaps of the bee population; and then, there’s that of the Monarch Butterfly.   No one knows     where everything goes; and no one even knows why.   Perhaps a collapse     in routine regulation, and the social order     of the hive.   Snow doesn’t go […] Continue reading

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Middle Fenced

~ I once had Thanksgiving in New Mexico With a family I also once had. That was many, many moons ago; And many moons have long since passed.   And I find myself here, still middle-fenced. As some things still stay, some move on hence, And leads me to the story, which follows:   ~ […] Continue reading

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Imprimis

~ In the first place, I set out To write down a poem – ~ The best one As yet to be done. ~ Unspoken, Unwritten, Unheard of, Undone. ~ In imminence, It’s eminence, Still was. ~   ©2013, Marvin Loyd Welborn revised 08 April 2014.

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Birds of One Feather

~ We are becoming The old folk we knew, No longer now with us, Whose losses we rue. Life, like a train trip, One track bearing to; There is no return trip – Onward, straight through. Too frequent are short stops, To drop off a few; Old folk won’t get on, Just only the new. […] Continue reading

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Wait

~ I see.                        I saw. What it is               I don’t know.   I’m five years old         watching.   A chicken                 all white.     It’s […] Continue reading

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