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Another Life

In the time it takes a blinking of the eye,
A mosquito will have beat a thousand wings,
A newborn life, another life to die.

On early morning lake with hand-tied fly,
A rising trout inhales my offerings
In the time it takes a blinking of the eye.

A nesting osprey keenly glides nearby,
With sudden dive and talons sure it brings
A newborn life, another life to die.

Beyond shaded peaks’ announcing sky
Of brilliant light through saw-tooth openings
(In the time it takes a blinking of the eye),

Distance fills, and in my shadow I
Once more feel the music nature sings,
A newborn life, another life to die.

In shallows along the lake are schooling fry,
Wary of depths beyond imaginings.
In the time it takes a blinking of the eye,
A newborn life, another life to die.

 

 

© 2003 Thomas A. Ekkens

This poem appears in our chapbook entitled Villanelles.

Above photo: River Muse