... addiction ..., ... Applachia ..., ... beauty ..., ... country ..., ... death ..., ... experimental ..., ... girl ..., ... life ..., ... love ..., ... pain ..., ... poem ..., ... poems ..., ... poetry ..., ... relationships ..., ... religion ..., ... sins ..., ... stars ..., ... summer ..., ... the South ..., ... the sun ..., ... time ...

on a day just like today

on a day just like today
my lover and I sat wholly unencumbered
by wind or rain or reason or regret
and bowed gracefully
to the simplicity of
the moment

lost with her, my muse called to me
and i listened –

time, what a mystery –
seconds to minutes to hours to days
years, decades, eons – all devised by this
unpretentious claim:

that our tiny blue home will spin on invisible
axis, and will journey among stars around
such a fair sun. Time. honored and
despised champion, when i look to the heavens
my thoughts captive by your schemes

for, indeed, let me impart this truth to a world
that whirls ‘round and ’round as hands of a clock.
no where else in this vast ocean of Creation are you
acknowledged. true.

do you think that those gazing at
unfamiliar stars, in other celestial worlds know
anything about you? do you exist around
the belt of Orion? do you command respect along
the orbits of great Canis Majoris?

you do not.

you do not exist, anywhere, but here.
and so in this blessed truth, as I and my
lover rest ‘neath the shade of the might Oak,
the moment is all in all. even though in time, you will
take me away from her, until then,
we simply are.

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