Nature Takes Its Toll

        Nature Takes Its Toll

        (A Wisdom In The Nuances)

The funniest – not ‘ha’ – of all is toll.

A charge, a payment, tax, a levy.

Then it’s said,

“The toll of injured and the dead”…

Tollfor number, count, list, tally,


“The toll on the environment… was high”

Toll: harm, or damage, loss, cost, penalty.


Toll résumé of all life’s businesses,

The processes of is-ing;

Summary encapsulating

The inevitable, unavoidable,

Fixed, fated, destined

And uncertain.


Nature Takes Its Toll 3.6.2017

Birth, Death & In Between II;

Arlene Corwin



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul Van Der Vliet
    Mar 06, 2017 @ 16:56:01

    That was sad Arlene! How are you?

    Hälsningar / Regards,

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    > 6 mars 2017 kl. 16:29 skrev Arlene Corwin Poetry : > >



    • arlenecorwin
      Mar 09, 2017 @ 20:02:25

      I am so, so flattered to find that someone is reading and reacting! Thank you dear Paul. And that you recognized the ‘sadness’ underneath the whole:

      I was partly dealing with the interesting word ‘toll’, and, of course, my innermost feelings which always come through. I never think of them as ‘sad’ but I suppose the fate of the planet and you and me and all the others is always there somewhere. Just this weekend my dear, cheerful, always laughing neighbor died.

      As for how i am, I’m fine! Happy with Kent, with my writing, (15th book coming out soon) with my musical creativity, the roof over my head and the food in my mouth.

      But then there’s Trump.

      Come visit anytime.



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