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January 31, 2010

Mankind is in a position similar to that of a set of people living on a frozen lake, surrounded by cliffs over which there is no escape, yet knowing that little by little the ice is melting, and the inevitable day drawing near when the last film of it will disappear, and to be drowned ignominiously will be the human creature’s portion.” ~ William James

He stands
on a softly frozen
lake, the egg

white glaze
surrounded by toothed
steep jagged and barbed

cliffs unrelenting
prison bars escape
although constantly

aware of certain fate
he glides and spins
and hides and seeks

while life warms
the surface
which dissolves

slowly under
his feet, always
day after night

no option but to wait
for the last of the thin
film to crack.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 7, 2010 11:12 am

    This is beautiful. I love the idea of life warming the surface– making it bearable, even happy, and also leading to his demise. I’d never heard the William James quote before but it’s an amazing idea.

  2. February 11, 2010 12:57 pm

    Thanks, Jen. I appreciate you reading and commenting. And I agree about the double-edged aspect of the warming surface.

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