Treasure Island

Jonathan ROBIN

(22 September / London)

Charon Chorus - Succeeding Versions for the record


Charon Chorus - Matters Little if At All

Ghost of Christmas present, past or
future perfect spun or spurned,
shepherd, wolf in pastor's pasture,
mess is earned, world less concerned.
Aeons long or echo fleeting,
naught completing, mocking glass,
mirage little else repeating besides
'I thought I thought I passed! '

Whether old one passes over,
young unsung, berth premature,
guilt gilt gifted four leaf clover,
or homeless, wan, naught can endure.
Shirk's blood, pain, sorrow, find dread reaper
works stalks deathwards, talks stacked cards,
slight consolation for bed weeper
a-wake in sombre sable shards.

Polished pebble tide toned, rounded,
priceless gem, physique homespun,
each as sand ends, bright dreams grounded
in oblivion undone.
Win or lose, love shared, ignored or
left to shrivel by the way,
two sides of one coin, ring Mordor
or for Frodo, naught may stay.

Whether bright illusion shatters,
big head shed when will walks small,
ermine, mink, stink patchwork tatters, .
matters little if at all.

Laments unheeded, red rims beaded
with emotions on the fly,
strangers never know they needed,
nor regrets, nor passing sigh.
What waste motives honed for getting,
ever chasing unchaste aim,
last laugh's left with time, forgetting
fame's flame, game's name, wild or tame.

Hermit's tower, houri's bower
for brief hour flower, fail,
fatter thinner, loser winner,
placed sole on soul's scale bewail
breath deleted, uncompleted
or fullfilled in narrow scope
are forgotten gains ill-gotten,
unbegotten seem, steam hope.

Whether mortal masses money,
syphons honey from the hive,
whether disposition sunny,
funny bunny, sad, all strive,
fall is fleeting, call competing,
opt-out, know in turn sobs' sighs,
cut-throat cheating, spouse deceiting,
one by one feel throbs' demise.

Day night follows, night day hollows
each urned, teach Time won't play ball,
if Apollo, Pluto, swallows,
matters little if at all.

Time and place trace unimportant,
social standing, gypsy van,
knock-kneed yellow liver, giver,
false forgiver, pale or tan,
open hearted, closed-shop smart id,
ancient geneology,
orphan cast-off, Leo, Libra,

Virgo, Pisces, culled from tree.
Wishy-washy, busy-body,
helter-skelter grave conveyed,
Luxury or gift-shop shoddy,
willy-nilly from parade
ghosts go, host's talk show deprogrammed,
volunteers rise from the ranks,
till plank, Davy Jones awaiting damned.
Tingling spines, scorned thanks, warned tanks.

Namby-pamby, merchant magnate
patriot or terrorist,
evangelical, apostate,
queue on stream, doomed, dreams dismissed.
Watch all line up rough unready,
pay for final ferry ride,
hale and hearty, frail unsteady,
time will bury. Charon, guide,
steers unveering out of hearing
she who cried and he who'd stall,
dearth of cheering, rebirth clearing,
none are summoned by recall.

Mad as hatters, silver platters,
wrinkled crone prone, belle of ball,
prey greed batters, prayer bead shatters,
matters little if at all.

All ends equal, clock recording
second thoughts docked, time-lock knocked,
self-centeredness proves vain, affording
little leeway when boat's rocked.
Palm tree dates' anticipation
appetites encourage though
few know what matters, grief, elation
sound the same when fast moves slow.

Ruthless raptors rampant running
through Creaceous countryside
packs aren’t facts, film fiction stunning,
few skeletal claws abide.
Park Jurassic may seem classic
only amber flies remain,
cage thoracic, plankton plastic,
seabed solid can't complain.

Friendly fire or hostile missile,
error prone drone, terror wrist,
margin call when market tumbles,
earthquake rumbles farewell kiss.
Strife life haunted, illness gaunted,
Death undaunted rides afield,
Time cares nor jot nor tittle, wit will
lot meet, plots defeat, soul yield.

Rebels routed, tyrants clouted,
sidereal void's photonic sprawl,
lost species sprouted, dogmas doubted,
matters little if at all.

Forty years of desert sojourn,
dungeon dank or thankless task
end alike for saint and sinner,
rake fake, winner, takes to task.
Health undoctored, wealth untaxed or
kiss as kismet thanks luck's stars,
equal tie when ties are sundered,
fickle Fate appeal deal bars.

Wedding banns bells ring at altar
hands wring sooner, later, washed
away by doomsday naught may alter,
nipped in bud, ambitions squashed.
Story told, tale unrecorded,
archive access, desert bloom,
each reflects each, dust rewarded,
leach teaches blood's recycling doom.

Template telomeres with aging
evolution's leaps ensures,
one mutation disengaging
from another: naught endures.
Sickles sharp harp strings soon sunder,
angels fall from grace and light,
meek or cheeky share down under
lost to memories once bright.

High and mighty host unpleasant,
guest of unguessed worth, to earth
soon consigned, resigned, peer, peasant
give redemption widest girth.
Promise kept, or wept forgotten,
dreams, delusions commonplace,
high priorities proved rotten
soon debunked, synch sunk untraced.

Whether lapping wave band foam bath,
thunder clap, tsunami tall,
weather warm, storm, glacier calf,
matters little if at all.

Singularity advances,
urge surge merge acceleration,
compromise prized dogmas, chances
purged from sojourn's holding station.
Generation gaps, increasing,
hint at anthropomorphosis:
Lip service landslip slide's self-greasing,
strange change looms, boom's tomb's farewell kiss.

Sapiens on cusp Aquarian
out of kilter falters, flails
as regimes totalitarian
totter when failsafe wickets, bales,
fly asunder, stumped go under,
soon submerged by fly-by ball,
Everest beneath earth's ocean
was seabead once, now fossils call
the tune five thousand feet from seabed
turned turtle by tectonic plates,
who feared to look behind, ahead,
equal prove scaled by Ma'at's weights.

Human Rights light lantern calling
generations to reform,
one step forwards, two back falling,
face recurrent 'perfect storm'.
Brave New World shall self extinguish,
exploitation seems apt term,
politicians won't relinquish
oversight of stem cell, sperm.

End result: most good intentions
role reversed by fear and greed
pave Hell's road, dispel dissensions,
souls dispersed can scarce succeed.
Information access doubles
each decade but budget cuts
fragilise fair freedoms, stubbles,
weeds, what once seemed well ploughed ruts.

Ignorance or understanding
tapping history on call,
lightning, thunder, truth or blunder
matters little if at all.

No explanation offers simple
panacea for man's ills
Wimpled dimple, puss and pimple
can't steer clear of bitter pills
Few learn truth from joys, grief, yearn cloys,
second thoughts soon damn Man's years
in despond's vale clever ploys
fall on unreceptive ears.

Second chance, time travel stargate
wormhole soul revival wheel,
spins hearsay saga compensate
for lights soon blighted lies conceal.
Survival is mental delusion,
rival theses sefer sealed,
intellectual illusions,
Lethe's sentence unrepealed.

Spy inherent contradictons
in between ways gleaned means stretched,
double binds recycle ball-games
till dread reaper soul has fetched.
Sleepy head abed, bird early,
worms will feed with curtain call
bowed out, cowed dread, hair straight, curly
crowd shunned coffins cover shawl.

Tears, cheers mingle hearse horse jingle
on last journey six feet deep,
token shingle intermingles
with worm disturbing sacred sleep.
Yet sleep Earth must as groups galactic
meet supernova destiny
fire or ice, earthquake climactic,
flood submerging scrutiny.

Atomic half-life cannot counter
snowball earth, lost wherewithal,
comet, asteroid encounter,
matters little if at all.

From enjoyment and employment
ant and giant trapped within
time-trap gin from first sigh last cry
seek to understand life's spin:
quest request for why and wherefore
hovers moth-like facing fame,
stymied questions sink, and therefore
few call for/to true go[o]d name.

In a blinking thinking inking
from life's calendar is torn,
one falls, thousands rush, Fate, winking,
re-intones rites trite, well-worn.
Hive cells, hexagon alignment,
queens from workers separate,
all from solit'ry confinement
soon released must lie in state.

At weathered monumental gravings
Time jeers, grime sneers, climb hastes fall,
joyless jaded, constant cravings,
lust's treat dust meets, swallows all.
Seldom sense in destination
is revealed, within the Way
purpose lies peregrination
in, of, through itself holds sway.

Gnomes anonymous departed
concomitant foes withal
lost in limbo lie uncharted,
matters little if at all.

Feelings, double-dealing spielings,
weighed against fate's feather, fail,
healing, trouble, celestial ceilings
can't resist change whirlwind gale.
Fauna, flora, extant for a wink fuss,
fall extinct, beyond Time's pale,
impassive Charon's sexton chorus
keeps an even keel, mocks graal.

Ph Phantom pantomime enacted
through dimensions none can count
in black hole consumed, compacted,
to molehill melts the highest mount.
Here today and gone tomorrow
foregone conclusion for grief, glad,
leave leaf laughter, shore leave sorrow,
income. Outcome? naught to add.

From confusion into fusion
tracks once concrete turn to slime,
ends, means, merge, can't draw conclusion
coherent through un-numbered time.
Through apparent convolution
evolution's 'upwards climb'
boomerangs, causal revolution
cancels out all 'worth a dime'.

Whether generations flourished,
shared, bore brunt of grunt or gall,
prospered hale, failed, wailed ill-nourished, .
matters little if at all.

Top of pops or relegation,
winning streak, weak gamble lost,
fresh life quest request negation
meets sans suite, whate'er the cost.
What of passion? What of pain vain
unrecorded, unconceived?
shadow-shapes we wander, chain train
shatters soon with what achieved?

Old souls flock from time-lock fleeing,
putting up resistance fierce,
Young well-hung, the waif wraith being,
Charon's mystery none pierce.
Coin praise each pays forlorn. Dis preying
displays beneath scythed daisies shorn
tithed remains of phrases, baying
tunes to moons from faiths stillborn.

Threadbare pauper lacking stitch or
rich endowed with silver spoon
share communal grave, can't pitch
for more days for play's over soon.
Stanzas cease, release pure, grimy,
tocsin tolls for star's eclipse,
who heeds deeds when fungus slimy
peerless rose's petals strips.

Charon's charges chant in chorus
'auld lang syne' before corpse fall,
where lie Quetzalcoatl, Horus?
Little matters, tall lies small.








31 May 2014
_________________________________________ _____

Whether bright illusion shatters, big head shed when will walks small,
ermine, mink, stink patchwork tatters, little matters if at all.

Whether old one passes over, young unsung, berth premature,
guilt gilt gifted four leaf clover, or homeless, wan, naught can endure.
Shirk's blood, pain, sorrow, find dread reaper works stalks deathwards, talks stacked  cards,
slight consolation for bed weeper a-wake in sombre sable shards.

Laments unheeded, red rims beaded with emotions on the fly,
strangers never know they needed, nor regrets, nor passing sigh.
What waste  motives honed for getting, ever chasing unchaste aim,
last laugh's left with time, forgetting fame's flame, game's name, wild or tame.

Hermit's tower, houri's bower four brief hour flower, fail,
fatter thinner, loser winner, placed sole on soul's scale bewail
breath deleted, uncompleted or fullfilled in narrow scope
are forgotten gains ill-gotten, unbegotten seem, steam hope.

Day night follows, night day hollows each urned, seconds won't p[l]ay ball.,
if Apollo’s, Pluto's swallows, matters little if at all.

All's the same, what clock recording second thoughts docked, time-lock knocked,
self-centeredness proves vain, affording little leeway when boat's rocked.
Palm tree dates' anticipation appetites encourage though
few know what matters, grief, elation equal prove when fast moves slow.

Template telomeres with aging evolution's leaps ensures,
one mutation disengaging from another, naught endures.
Ruthless raptors rampant running through Creaceous countryside
packs aren’t facts, film fiction stunning, few skeletal claws abide.

Friendly fire or hostile missile, error prone drone, terror wrist,
margin call when market tumbles, earthquake rumbles farewell kiss.
Strife life haunted, illness gaunted, Death undaunted rides afield,
Time cares nor jot nor tittle, wit will lot meets, plots defeat, souls yield.

Forty years of desert sojourn, dungeon dank or thankless task
end alike for saint and sinner, spade - ace winner - takes to task.
Health undoctored, wealth untaxed or kiss as kismet thanks lucks stars,
equal tie when ties are sundered, fickle Fate appeal deal bars.

From enjoyment and employment ant and giant trapped within
time-trap gin from first sigh last cry seek to understand life's spin:
quest request for why and wherefore hovers moth-like facing fame,
Time replacing stymied casing questions call for/to go[o]d name.

In a blinking thinking inking from life's calendar are torn,
one falls, thousand rush replacing hive cells, wedding bands hands wring.
Story told, tale unrecorded, archive access, desert bloom,
each reflects each, dust collect, leach teaches blood recycling doom.

Whether lapping wave band foam bath, thunder clap, tsunami tall,
weather warm, storm, glacier calf, matters little, if at all.

Feelings, double-dealing spielings, weighed against fate's feather, fail,
fauna, flora, extant for a wink stall, fall extinct, beyond Time's pale.
Promise kept, or wept forgotten, dreams' delusions, soon replaced
by priorities restated, waited weighted sink, untraced.

Singularity advances, urge surge merge acceleration,
compromise prized dogmas, chances purge from sojourn station.
Generation gaps increasing hint at anthropomorphosis
Man his landslip slide is greasing, strange change looms, wears farewell kiss.

Sapiens on cusp Aquarian out of kilter falters, flails
as regimes totalitarian falter when failsafe wickets, bales,
fly asunder, stumped go under, soon submerged by fly-by ball,
Everest beneath earh's ocean was seabead once, saw fossils fall.

Spy inherent contradictons in between ways gleaned means stretched,
double binds recycle ball-games till dread reaper soul has fetched.

Human Rights light lantern calling generations to reform,
one step forwards two draw backwards face recurrent 'perfect storm'.
Brave New World won't prove straightforward, strapped straitjacket seems apt term
politicians won't relinquish oversight of stem cell, sperm.

End result: most good intentions role reversed by fear and greed
pave Hell's road, dispel dissensions, soul dispersed can scarce succeed.
Information access doubles each decade as budget cuts
fragilise fair freedom stubble weeds what once were well ploughed ruts.

Ignorance or understanding tapping history on call,
lightning, thunder, truth or blunder matters little if at all.

No solution simple offers panacea for man's ills
Wimpled dimple, puss and pimple can't steer clear of bitter pills
Few true learn from joys, grief,  yearn cloys,  second thought soon span Man's years
in despond's vale altruism falls on unreceptive ears.

Ghost of Christmas present, past or future perfect spun or spurned,
shepherd, wolf in pastor's pasture, mess is earned, world less concerned.
Aeons long or echo fleeting, naught completing, mocking glass,
mirage little else repeating besides 'I thought I thought I passed! '

High and mighty host unpleasant, guest of unguessed worth, to earth
soon consigned, resigned, peer, peasant give redemption widest girth.
Second chance, time travel wormholes, soul regeneration wheel,
all prove optical illusions, Lethe's sentence none repeal.

Gnomes anonymous departed concomitant foes withal
lost in limbo lie uncharted, little matters if at all.

Polished pebble tide toned, rounded, priceless gem, physique homespun,
each as sand ends, bright dreams grounded in oblivion undone.
Win or lose, love shared, ignored or left to shrivel by the way,
two sides of one coin, ring Mordor or for Frodo, naught may stay.

At weathered monumental gravings Time jeers, grime sneers, climb hastes fall,
joyless jaded, constant cravings, lust's treat dust meets, swallows all.
Seldom sense in destination is revealed, within the way
purpose lies peregrination in, of, through itself holds sway.

Whether generations flourished, shared, bore brunt of grunt or gall,
prospered hale, failed, wailed ill-nourished, matters little, if at all.

Top of pops or relegation, winning streak, weak gamble lost,
fresh life quest request negation meets sans suite, whate'er the cost.
What of passion? What of pain vain unrecorded, unconceived?
shadow-shapes we wander, chain train shatters soon with what achieved?

Phantom pantomime enacted through dimensions none can count
in black hole consumed, compacted, molehill melts the highest mount.
Here today and gone tomorrow foregone conclusion for grief, glad,
leave leaf laughter, shore leave sorrow, income. Outcome? naught to add.

Threadbare pauper lacking stitch or rich endowed with silver spoon
share communal grave, can't pitch for more days for play's over soon.
Rhyme timed obsolescence into tocsin chimes for star's eclipse,
who heeds deeds when weeds soon cover peerless rose that Time's winds strip.

Charon's charges chant in chorus 'auld lang syne' before sure fall,
where lie Quetzalcoatl, Horus?  Little matters, tall lies, small.


(18 May 2013)

Submitted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Edited: Friday, September 13, 2013

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Initial version
Whether lapping wave band foam bath,
thunder clap, tsunami tall,
weather warm or glacier calf,
matters little, if at all.

Blood, pain and sorrow find dread reaper
works walks deathwards in the cards,
slight consolation for the weeper
a-wake in sombre sable shards.

Whether old one passes over,
young unsung, berth premature,
silver spoon and four leaf clover,
or homeless, wan, naught can endure.

Laments unheeded, red rims beaded
with emotions on the fly,
strangers never know they needed,
nor regrets, nor passing sigh.

Who with motives honed for getting,
never letting go of aim,
last laugh's left with time, forgetting,
fame's flame, game's name, wild or tame.

All's the same, what clock recording
second thoughts docked, time-lock knocked,
self-centeredness proves vain, affording
little leeway when boat's rocked.

Palm tree dates' anticipation
appetites encourage though
few know what matters, grief, elation
equal prove when fast moves slow.

Template telomeres with aging
evolution's leaps ensures,
one mutation disengaging
from another, naught endures.

Whether bright illusion shatters,
big head shed when will walks small,
ermine, mink, or patchwork tatters,
little matters if at all.

Ghost of Christmas present, past or
future perfect spun or spurned,
shepherd, wolf in pastor's pasture,
mess is earned, world less concerned.

Aeons long or echo fleeting,
naught completing, mocking glass,
mirage little else repeating
besides 'I thought I thought I passed! '

High and mighty host unpleasant,
guest of unguessed worth, to earth
soon consigned, resigned, peer, peasant
give redemption widest girth.

Polished pebble tide toned, rounded,
priceless gem, physique homespun,
each as sand ends, bright dreams grounded
in oblivion undone.

At weathered monumental gravings
Time jeers, grime sneers, climb hastes fall,
joyless jaded, constant cravings,
lust's treat dust meets, swallows all.

Seldom sense in destination
is revealed, within the way
purpose lies peregrination
in, of, through itself holds sway.

Whether generations flourished,
shared, bore brunt of grunt or gall,
prospered hale, failed, wailed ill-nourished,
matters little, if at all.

Here today and gone tomorrow
foregone conclusion for grief, glad,
leave leaf laughter, shore leave sorrow,
income. Outcome? naught to add.

(15 April 2010)

Whether lapping wave band foam bath,
thunder clap, tsunami tall,
weather warm or glacier calf,
matters little, if at all.

Blood, pain and sorrow find dread reaper
works walks deathwards in the cards,
slight consolation for the weeper
a-wake in sombre sable shards.

Whether old one passes over,
young unsung, berth premature,
silver spoon and four leaf clover,
or homeless, wan, naught can endure.

Laments unheeded, red rims beaded
with emotions on the fly,
strangers never know they needed,
nor regrets, nor passing sigh.

Who with motives honed for getting,
never letting go of aim,
last laugh's left with time, forgetting,
fame's flame, game's name, wild or tame.

Day night follows, night day hollows
taking turns each urns its hours,
if Apollo’s, Pluto's swallows,
matters little if at all.

All's the same, what clock recording
second thoughts docked, time-lock knocked,
self-centeredness proves vain, affording
little leeway when boat's rocked.

Palm tree dates' anticipation
appetites encourage though
few know what matters, grief, elation
equal prove when fast moves slow.

Template telomeres with aging
evolution's leaps ensures,
one mutation disengaging
from another, naught endures.

Ruthless raptors rampant running
through Createous countryside
packs aren’t facts, film fiction stunning,
few skeletal claws abide.

Whether bright illusion shatters,
big head shed when will walks small,
ermine, mink, or patchwork tatters,
little matters if at all.

Ghost of Christmas present, past or
future perfect spun or spurned,
shepherd, wolf in pastor's pasture,
mess is earned, world less concerned.

Aeons long or echo fleeting,
naught completing, mocking glass,
mirage little else repeating
besides 'I thought I thought I passed! '

High and mighty host unpleasant,
guest of unguessed worth, to earth
soon consigned, resigned, peer, peasant
give redemption widest girth.

Gnomes anonymous departed
with their concomitant foes
lost in limbo lie uncharted,
little matters if at all.

Polished pebble tide toned, rounded,
priceless gem, physique homespun,
each as sand ends, bright dreams grounded
in oblivion undone.

Win or lose, love shared, ignored or
left to shrivel by the way,
two sides of one coin, ring Mordor
or for Frodo naught may stay.

At weathered monumental gravings
Time jeers, grime sneers, climb hastes fall,
joyless jaded, constant cravings,
lust's treat dust meets, swallows all.

Seldom sense in destination
is revealed, within the way
purpose lies peregrination
in, of, through itself holds sway.

Whether generations flourished,
shared, bore brunt of grunt or gall,
prospered hale, failed, wailed ill-nourished,
matters little, if at all.

Top of pops or relegation,
winning streak, weak gamble lost,
fresh life quest request negation
meets, sans suite whate'er the cost.

What of passion? What of pain vain
unrecorded, unconceived?
shadow-shapes we wander chain train
shatters soon with what achieved?

Phantom pantomime enacted
through dimensions none can count
in black hole consumed, compacted,
molehill melts the highest mount

Here today and gone tomorrow
foregone conclusion for grief, glad,
leave leaf laughter, shore leave sorrow,
income. Outcome? naught to add.

Threadbare pauper lacking stitch or
rich endowed with silver spoon
share communal grave, can't pitch for
more days for play's over soon.

Charon's charges chant in chorus
'auld lang syne' before they fall,
where lie Quetzalcoatl, Horus?
Little matters if at all.

(12 May 2013)

Whether lapping wave band foam bath, thunder clap, tsunami tall,
weather warm or glacier calf, matters little, if at all.

Shirk's blood, pain, sorrow, find dread reaper works stalks deathwards, talks stacked cards,
slight consolation for bed weeper a-wake in sombre sable shards.
Whether old one passes over, young unsung, berth premature,
guilt gilt gifted four leaf clover, or homeless, wan, naught can endure.

Laments unheeded, red rims beaded with emotions on the fly,
strangers never know they needed, nor regrets, nor passing sigh.
What waste motives honed for getting, ever chasing unchaste aim,
last laugh's left with time, forgetting fame's flame, game's name, wild or tame.

Day night follows, night day hollows each urned, hours won't p[l]ay ball.,
if Apollo’s, Pluto's swallows, matters little if at all.

All's the same, what clock recording second thoughts docked, time-lock knocked,
self-centeredness proves vain, affording little leeway when boat's rocked.
Palm tree dates' anticipation appetites encourage though
few know what matters, grief, elation equal prove when fast moves slow.

Template telomeres with aging evolution's leaps ensures,
one mutation disengaging from another, naught endures.
Ruthless raptors rampant running through Creaceous countryside
packs aren’t facts, film fiction stunning, few skeletal claws abide.

Whether bright illusion shatters, big head shed when will walks small,
ermine, mink, or patchwork tatters, little matters if at all.

Feelings, double-dealing spielings, weighed against fate's feather, fail,
fauna, flora, extant for a wink stall, fall extinct, beyond Time's pale.
Promise kept, or wept forgotten, dreams' delusion, soon replaced
by priorities restated, fated toon to sink untraced.

Singularity advances - urge surge merge acceleration -
compromise prized dogmas, chances purge from sojourn station.
Generation gaps increasing hint at anthropomorphosis
Man his landslip slide is greasing, strange change looms, wears farewell kiss.

Sapiens on cusp Aquarian out of kilter falters, flails
as regimes totalitarian falter when failsafe wickets, bales,
fly asunder, stumped go under, soon submerged by fly by ball,
Everest beneath earh's ocean was seabead once, saw fossils fall.

Ignorance or understanding tapping history on call,
lightning, thunder, truth or blunder matters little if at all.

Ghost of Christmas present, past or future perfect spun or spurned,
shepherd, wolf in pastor's pasture, mess is earned, world less concerned.
Aeons long or echo fleeting, naught completing, mocking glass,
mirage little else repeating besides 'I thought I thought I passed! '

High and mighty host unpleasant, guest of unguessed worth, to earth
soon consigned, resigned, peer, peasant give redemption widest girth.
Second chance, time travel wormholes, soul regeneration wheel,
all prove optical illusions, Lethe's sentence none repeal.

Gnomes anonymous departed concomitant foes withal
lost in limbo lie uncharted, little matters if at all.

Polished pebble tide toned, rounded, priceless gem, physique homespun,
each as sand ends, bright dreams grounded in oblivion undone.
Win or lose, love shared, ignored or left to shrivel by the way,
two sides of one coin, ring Mordor or for Frodo, naught may stay.

At weathered monumental gravings Time jeers, grime sneers, climb hastes fall,
joyless jaded, constant cravings, lust's treat dust meets, swallows all.
Seldom sense in destination is revealed, within the way
purpose lies peregrination in, of, through itself holds sway.

Whether generations flourished, shared, bore brunt of grunt or gall,
prospered hale, failed, wailed ill-nourished, matters little, if at all.

Top of pops or relegation, winning streak, weak gamble lost,
fresh life quest request negation meets sans suite, whate'er the cost.
What of passion? What of pain vain unrecorded, unconceived?
shadow-shapes we wander, chain train shatters soon with what achieved?

Phantom pantomime enacted through dimensions none can count
in black hole consumed, compacted, molehill melts the highest mount.
Here today and gone tomorrow foregone conclusion for grief, glad,
leave leaf laughter, shore leave sorrow, income. Outcome? naught to add.

Threadbare pauper lacking stitch or rich endowed with silver spoon
share communal grave, can't pitch for more days for play's over soon.
Rhyme timed obsolescence into tocsin chimes for star's eclipse,
who heeds deeds when weeds soon cover peerless rose that Time's winds strip.

Charon's charges chant in chorus 'auld lang syne' before sure fall,
where lie Quetzalcoatl, Horus? Little matters, tall lies, small.

(15 May 2013)

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