Layers 4.17.2014


Suffering and death;

Yet [there is] normal banter

Taking place on the verandah:

Everydayness in one’s presence.

Pain and grief before one’s tears and deafened ears:

Senses more acute than ever.


Spool and reel are emptying,

The ancient scrolls being fulfilled,

The relatively-all is closing in

And we, the relatively well-to-do

More watchers than participants,

Complaining when it’s raining;

Bombs and bullets, staining

Sidewalks; culling genus,

Killing genius.


Watcher too –

Have I let slip through

All ten fingers circumstance

I could have changed; had influence,

Been vigorous,

Not letting coward, comfort-seeking prominence

Crave dominance and win?


Layers 4.17.2014

Our Times, Our Culture II; Birth, Death & In Between II;

Arlene Corwin


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