We are aftermath

We are aftermath

We are aftermath
           recycled residue
afterburn of creation
           our bodies built
from cluster upon cluster
           of wayward particles
and we are eternal return
           how many aeons
to shape a rose
           the petals of thought
the palpitating heart
           the desire to kiss to hold
and to caress
           to love

what emerged from the dross
           the debris of creation
in a structured universe
           in which no amount
of matter or energy
           is ever wasted
part of that immense
           single unending event
words formed
           from clusters of sound
and so to the surge
           of the poetic line
the mindful word
           travelling across space
or across the page
           deluge of the imagination
and how life unleashed
           feeds upon life
the unconscious cannibalism
           of carbon
fanned by the flames
           of oxidation
and all the time
           I long to run my fingers
through her hair
           wake to her dawn
all dust to dust
           rose to rose

John Lyons

 

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