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When We Can No Longer Walk

by Peter Marinelli

When we can no longer walk,
we will dream of dancing
at the lip of the world.

We will dream of swaying our bodies
to Spring's siren songs

Bright steps will lead us
to a certain wildness,
a wildness that inhabits the horizon,
a wildness never born,
living in flesh and stone,
living in tree and bone.

When we can no longer walk,
we will dream.

We will dream of inhaling the world in every breath,
of baying at the moon,
and of dancing our days long into night.


Posted on 05/07/2011
Copyright © 2024 Peter Marinelli

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 05/07/11 at 04:03 PM

A serious topic for anyone in middle age with their senior years on the horizon, but also made quite beautiful in the way you've expressed yourself Peter. Glad I had a chance to read this; welcome to Pathetic.org!

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 05/07/11 at 04:04 PM

PS: I especially like these two lines: a wildness that inhabits the horizon, a wildness never born,...sounds Heavenly. :o)

Posted by Linda Fuller on 05/07/11 at 05:48 PM

Simply beautiful. I value my dreams in which I can savor things that are lost to me.

Posted by Alison McKenzie on 05/09/11 at 12:09 AM

This has a unique cadence, unto itself...one I find soothing, like a lullabye. Welcome to the land of pathetic poets :)

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 05/09/11 at 03:38 PM

this is a lovely song. lovely to hear and sung the way do here would for certain invite the wrath and envy of sirens.

Posted by Julie Adams on 05/09/11 at 08:02 PM

what a gorgeous garden of a poem, how harmoniously it thrives, take me there anytime!

Posted by Paganini Jones on 05/11/11 at 07:40 PM

This is excellent both in content (oh yes, we will continue to dream) and execution. It sits well on the lips and tongue.
And may I add my welcome to you as well. Good to have you here.

Posted by Kimberly Bauer on 05/11/11 at 11:01 PM

I often think of the days when all we can have is dreams... beautiful write.

Posted by Joe Cramer on 05/12/11 at 10:26 PM

... well done, welcome to Pathetic.....

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