“Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” Kahlil Gibran The old man watched her shadow moving away in the widdershins wind, saw her eyes watching eternity through the tears of God, and his thoughts staggered over illusions veiled in emotions that there whispering themselves into oblivion. It has been a long time since he watched the years slipping by so quickly, it was like watching the sun dipping into the scarlet horizon, causing his thoughts to merge with the dark shadows of his lingering tear drops as they whispered through his sad memories, He asks, where is the shared dreams, the sugared season of elderly embraces, the mirror holding images of special hours together, are they all trapped inside the gaps of time with the threads of each memory unraveling. His sorrowful emotions whisper themselves across his thoughts like lost dreams, and now the weary world appears too vague for breath, too sublime for an addendum of fantasies, and too oblique for the cricket’s melancholy nocturnal symphony. The distance from here to there is insurmountable, and now only a mist of time, and space painted in vanishing hues, exists: The future, forever gone, only to be found in a place called Somewhere, that was never reached in dreams of forevermore. Memories smolder in the silence of long lost dreams, as images of life disappeared into tones of gray. He asks why is everything good gone as he sits among the savage ebbing time, which leaves his yearnings far behind, and his heart and soul empty of meaning.
About the Poet:
James Piatt, a retired Professor and octogenarian is a Best of Web nominee and three time Pushcart nominee and has had five poetry books “The Silent Pond,” (2012), “Ancient Rhythms,” (2014), “LIGHT,” (2016),“Solace Between the Lines,” (2019), and Serenity (2022), as well as over 1700 poems, five novels, seven essays, and 35 short stories published worldwide in over 250 publications. He earned his doctorate from BYU, and his BS and MA from California State Polytechnic University, SLO.
In line 6 “where” would surely work better than “there” and emphasises the whispering susseration. Otherwise some lovely lines!
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