Trying to Exist
There was once a little universe
crowded with abandoned worlds
dimming planets and wandering sparks.
In the midst of this quiet chaos
particles swirled aimless in a dark substance
chasing lives dreamed up in an unknow realm.
Seeking a likeness in the mysterious substance
two would slow, pulled by an eternal force
that brought them close as to begin life.
Devoid of human features
they may have been giants or midgets
yet older than this odd mixture of all origins.
Their presence could be sensed
as if two lovers holding in a tight embrace
in the intimacy of their wedding dress.
Faces float, menacing nearby;
they grin, they scream, they decay.
Loves, and friendships melted away,
only to return in Halloween masks.
Their appeal worn away, faded,
overtaken by the inner ugliness of souls.
Roses wilted, gentleness turned to ash,
of features stolen from forgotten corpses.
Little remains of those gleeful memories,
while a cruel stench hovers, relentless.
The joy twists in an agonizing query;
there is no return after death’s frigid kiss.
Smell of younger days
Flavor of absent memories
into one snapshot of forgone years
scent of mysterious objects
Listening to the forest singing
brushes paint images of broad strokes
alive with energies of millennia
His eyes closed onto a landscape
only he, can distinguish
overwhelmed by a past never really
Sensations are many beyond the self
merging within to another birth
where he can rest a weary soul
a little while longer.
Fabrice B. Poussin is the advisor for The Chimes, the Shorter University award winning poetry and arts publication. His writing and photography have been published in print in the United States and abroad. He teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, La Pensee Universelle, Paris, and other art and literature magazines, where he has also featured here at Poetry Life and Times & Artvilla.com. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review as well as other publications.
Robin Ouzman Hislop is Editor of Poetry Life and Times at Artvilla.com ; You may visit Aquillrelle.com/Author Robin Ouzman Hislop about author & https://poetrylifeandtimes.com See Robin performing his work Performance (University of Leeds)