Harley White

Must Give Us Pause - Poem by Harley White

If death ends all we see
in Nature's laws—
to be, or not to be,
with no applause—
and seas of troubles flee
when life withdraws,

then how we choose to plumb
the waters deep…
or whether dreams may come
in final sleep
need never foil
our glee of fancy free…
though mortal coil
may give us pause…

But what if there be more
than what we know—
a door beyond the door
tocome and go?

What further living dream
may round us form,
in endless norm,
that carelessly we cause,
and doth existing seem,
must give us pause…

an independent and
dependent clause
of consequential strand
must give us pause…

another cosmic clime
in timeless time,
a stream of conscious I'm
in reasoned rhyme
that carries all our flaws
must give us pause…

who'll snatch us from the jaws
of slated fate—
that we create…
then vainly grasp at straws—

must give us pause…

For should we risk perchance
to miss the mark,
but dizzily to dance…

what dream of dark
in coverlet of gauze
may whelm our dying pause,
and pierce with karmic claws…

to make us heed
in thought, in word, in deed,


must give us pause…
must give us pause…
must give us pause…

Topic(s) of this poem: cause, destiny, effect, karma, life and death, philosophy

Form: Ballad

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Image ~ 'Open Door' ~ Anna Ancher ~ (1859 - 1935) ~ oil painting on canvas ~ Anna Ancher was a Danish artist associated with the Skagen Painters, an artists' colony on the northern point of Jutland, Denmark.

Comments about Must Give Us Pause by Harley White

  • Bill Cantrell (1/2/2017 8:09:00 PM)

    Wow, this poem is so different than the others off yours I have read, then how we choose to plump the waters deep...that pharse is so very deep! I. Understand it, a door beyond the door to come and go? Wow, for should we risk perchance to miss the mark, but dizzily to dance...you are so deep, it is just a thrill to read your work, I'm tempted to read through all your poetry at once but I will savor the moments a little at a time, I'm so glad I happened upon your poetry. (Report) Reply

    Harley White (1/8/2017 7:59:00 AM)

    Bill, I hardly know how to thank you for taking such an interest in my poems! Your appreciation has been totally unexpected and so welcome! I am the fortunate one that you happened on my poetry!

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  • Kelly Kurt (3/27/2015 5:01:00 PM)

    Very nice. I enjoyed your poem. thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, March 27, 2015

Poem Edited: Friday, November 3, 2017

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