“ Reaching ”
– the edge, of life’s design –
Far and long,
At times hurried
Thus to prolong,
That meagre stay
A notable evidence
By limited passage
Thru hazy distances
Now on the ledge,
Life may allege,
Tho be insistent
Prays on a mind,
To suffer existence
In dwindling time,
Tho but an instant
By recall’s decline,
Reaching the edge
Of life’s design,
Fate shan’t pledge
Be shadows assign,
To offer life hedge
On finale it deigns,
Past illusion held fast
As image perceived disappears,
In the dusk of a lifespan once cast!
© Jean-Jacques Fournier
written in Sweetsburg
October 25, 2020
Imagery – MD & private collection –
Music - excerpt from Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade op.35
Another wonderful reflection on how life is a design that continually unfolds. “Of life’s design, Fate shan’t pledge Be shadows assign, To offer life hedge On finale it deigns.” I especially appreciate the paradox that comes with the words “design” “assign” and “deigns”.
Thanks, Rebecca ! in early life, it’s a near impossible subject on which one can write, that is with authority, as to knowledge or sensibility, save without using someone else’s wisdom. So as you can see, and these are most assuredly my words composing this reflection, with all the ease and said wisdom afforded yours truly. Thus so for being well into that neighbourhood and now Reaching – the edge, of life’s design –
Mind you, I do have a long reach, my dear ! ( words to do with a red hood and bared wolf teeth, I believe …
Your poem definitely strikes a chord with me. Our stay on this earth is so very meagre.
Thank you, Liz, Sadly for most of us meagre is the duration no matter how long the stay !
I hadn’t thought of “meagre” in that light, but you’re right.
Beautiful and melancholic reflection of life. Wonderful use of wording as well, Jean-Jacques.
Thank you, Francina … for your words of appreciation, on a subject we all face sooner or later. Of course later being preferable when life is good!
Thanks you, Paulette, for this, and your ongoing support all these past many years!
La poésie prend à cœur, diffuse chaleur
Merci, pour vos paroles poétique, et apropos!