Tony Jolley

Rookie (17th June 1958 / England)

Coming To Terms - Poem by Tony Jolley

Silent steps from the deep end of Eternity
Seem to echo more mournfully down the corridors of your life.
The long march of a tall man
Casting his lengthening shadow slowly toward your fretful feet

Every minute: missed
Some days: distressed
Every week: wanting
Some months: mourning the more
Every season: seeking still

Each year, a year of no lesser yearning
A year yet lacking resolution: learning,
That a coming to terms with ‘coming to terms’
Comes only in its own time…
Only on its own terms.

Comments about Coming To Terms by Tony Jolley

  • Fay Slimm (11/6/2008 12:19:00 PM)

    What wisdom is woven into the last verse of this piece. Explaining the phrase 'coming to terms' with such ingenuity, I felt anyone would feel more comforted by the sense of this than by most sermons. thank you Tony. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 27, 2004

Poem Edited: Monday, March 29, 2010

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