Sometimes, I get really down & introspective and write depressing poetry. I don’t think this was one of those times. I must have either been disproportionately happy, or outrageously inspired by something. I’m not a believer in ‘the soul’ or anything supernatural, but I do think life is a mystery and miracle that we don’t always appreciate to the fullest.

Flame Unquenchable

Life.
It takes you
by surprise.
There are blessings and burdens
around every corner
and hiding under every rock.
There is unexpected joy
to be found, and there is
pain undeserved,
laying in wait for each
of us, like a tiger in a tree.
At some time
every one of us
will shine like an angel;
and all of us will know
guilt as hot as fever, and
shame as deep as the sea.
We will cry, we will fly,
we will lie, we will sigh,
we will try -
and yes, we will die.
We will leave our marks
and be marked in return.
We can avoid none of this,
because we all are lit
by the Flame Unquenchable.

© Darryn Roberts 2003

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