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A Gestalt of the Fallen Short

by V. Blake

a body of work,
systemically undone
and indexed, perhaps
a case study for those
less victimized
by potential,
or a cautionary tale
to pathless talent.

and for what?
some peregrine fever
of half-held sympathy?
you have clocked my terminal velocity
on downward spirals
as little but counterpoint
to hopeful outcomes.

behold, then:
the scion of the could-have-been,
with one hand to the maze wall
and no line to the heart.

sans coda,
and nevertheless the sum
of his parts.


Posted on 09/16/2019
Copyright © 2023 V. Blake

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 10/03/19 at 08:10 PM

I've come back to this one many times. It always delivers thoughtful contemplation, a look in the mirror for us writers or maybe any long term endeavor. Really fine images throughout. Thanks, Vince.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 10/13/19 at 04:03 PM

Really enjoyed reading this one, V. Have voted it for POTD.

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