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by Peter Humphreys

In life,
there can be
all sorts of
endings.

People may
be snatched away
in violent
events.
Others may die
through
unconquerable disease.
Others may fade
slowly
through weariness,
age or simply
the longing
to go
home.

So what,
I hear you say,
so what?

Well, some endings
we bring upon ourselves:
too many words
not enough words
too much passion
not enough
the erosion of the familiar
the fire of the new
end relationships too.

Attend to such endings
and, above all,
deny them their success:
for the beautiful can die
as easily through
misunderstanding
incomprehension
and carelessness,
lost
gone forever
in seconds
a whisp of smoke
a moment's folly
a lifetime
building.

10/09/2005

Posted on 10/09/2005
Copyright © 2023 Peter Humphreys

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 10/09/05 at 07:43 PM

I hear a lot of, "...rage, rage against the dying of the light", here. Can another sort of ending be the, "happy" ending? 'Tis grand, Peter.

Posted by Anya Kaats on 12/13/06 at 06:19 AM

that first stanza is so amazing and simple, yet so complicated.

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