We Start - Poem by RIC BASTASA

we start
as usual and as
what they always tell us
and what we also do
from the beginning
like a lazy waking up
in the morning
and we stretch our arms
like a cat yawning
and we move through the
day till noontime
and we work so hard
earning our bread and butter
and leaving so many
other important things
behind us
until we reach this
darkness of our lives
where our flesh
and the bone gets
lonelier each hour
and then we reach the
end when we ask
where are we
and why?

seals what we
once left open
locking in
everything we
should have done
that early morning

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 2, 2009

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