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A poem I'd like to share

A poem I'd like to share2010-06-22T22:22:01+00:00

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    I found this recently, and I just thought I’d share it (not by me):


    Each thing I do I rush through so I can do

    something else. In such a way do the days pass –

    a blend of stock car racing and the never

    ending building of a gothic cathedral.

    Through the windows of my speeding car, I see

    all that I love falling away: books unread,

    jokes untold, landscapes unvisited. And why?

    What treasure do I expect in my future?

    Rather it is the confusion of childhood

    loping behind me, the chaos in the mind,

    the failure chipping away at each success.

    Glancing over my shoulder I see its shape

    and so move forward, as someone in the woods

    at night might hear the sound of approaching feet

    and stop to listen, then, instead of silence

    he hears some creature trying to be silent.

    What else can he do but run? Rushing blindly

    down the path, stumbling, struck in the face by sticks;

    the other ever closer, yet not really

    hurrying or out of breath, teasing its kill.

    -Stephen Dobyns

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