No mourning

no mourning brings people back
no regret turns time -
we are here to blunder about
in the dark with no
instruction manual:  we
have to make it up
as we go along - change
our costumes, our props,
and scenery
and try to make a good play
at words, at life

people fall into step,
people fall out
and that is it - the waters
are shallower than you think
deeper than you know -

there is no answer to
wounding and sorrow,
to cries in the dark,
you can't know paths
before you walk them
and you don't know
the time you'll depart.
Collected Works
Return to Collections all
next poem