Shall I Dance Alone?

January 13th, 2019

Shall I dance alone or not at all?
When flaring heat melts to rustling fall,
Shall I sit silent or amble tall
Amongst the limping grasses’ shawl,
Shall I dance alone or not at all?

Shall I feel the lonely daystar’s heat, Or bow my head and beg retreat?
Shall I go out in aching feet,
Through weeks of painful noisy street
Or feed decline in moulded seat?

The arcing aged limbs flow
On river’s side near leaf and bough

I have lived few years where those with more have not,
And seen with jaded gazing what clearer eyes once sought,
And claimed to shaking throne my will to rule alone,
Over lands untested and unknown.
And with beleaguered feet traversed the rolling shoals
Where winds have blown
Unfettered and without word
To bind them to the sinking world,
And in time due course has rested weight,
And chained the unnamed winds to nature’s fate.
— my sailing ship has doubtless shared the blame.

To sink, please, and slip the tenuous pulsing surface,
To gasp once too soon and to drown in permanence,
That I should see the end so near —
I laugh to shake a tear.

The arcing aged limbs flow
On river’s side near leaf and bough

In creamy sky the sun bows low

Shall I dance alone or not at all?
Shall I dance alone or not at all?
A nail shakes, the house aches, gravity falls.

And as they are — no boards compose a home,
Lilting melancholy breaks the rhyming down.
Words, emotions, break separate and austere, Sworn enemies...fear
Divides,
Knowing/collapse/ascribe
Mankind — ashes — urn
Tectonics increasingly uncreate — to (return

Silence
Aborted
Silence
When God died

Shall I dance alone or not at all?
Create again — awaken all

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