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Friday, May 29, 2020
 

Poetry

Earthrise

 

Floating on the waters of darkness,
Blue and white in your stillness,
You appeared frail and beautiful.

I saw you for the very first time
When I was away, transfixed
By your distant, surprising beauty.

Why did I leave you? I set my eyes
On what I heard were loftier goals,
And desired to look elsewhere.



Those goals turned out to be desolate
Stretches of lifeless, arid dust,
Deviously dazzling only from afar.

So I scrambled to retrace my steps,
Leaving behind fumes of energy
I had wasted looking for fool’s gold.

And here I am now, propelled back
To you whom I should not have left,
Where my search has brought me home.

 

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