Untethered

Time has sunk
into the pointless vastness;
fish-shaped pieces of the past
piggy back on waves of greasy unresolved,
arranging themselves
on a frothing shore
into shiny blue scaled question marks.

I walk this coast,
sometimes alone,
sometimes with you,
you, the sand on my back,
the pebble in my shoe,
you, the dead eyes, the gills and the fins
asking me again
and again, why?

I walk this coast,
sometimes alone,
sometimes with you,
you, the water that isn’t wet,
floating below my naked feet,
you, the tide tugging my waist,
dragging me down to see the wreckage;
but the future is untethered from time
it wanders through the clouds,
with no context,
with no consequence,
and the past
litters our timeless sands.

I gather the questions,
drenched in death,
the imploring eyes
the twitching fins
and the trembling gills that
dare to breathe your scent.
I walk this coast
sometimes alone,
sometimes with you,
you, in fish shaped pieces
dead in my hands
untethered,
unresolved,
still asking why.

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47 thoughts on “Untethered

  1. I agree with one of your earlier comments…that this poem contains ‘angst.’ I am also thinking that this does not sound, from your words, like a very enjoyable journey if you are being dragged down to see the wreckage. I am wondering what the ‘you’ is in this poem, whether it is another person or if it is the ‘angst.’

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    1. Thank you Mary… there wasn;t any angst while writing, one of those poems that wrote itself in quick time, but maybe everything kind of blends into a subliminal “you”…the feelings, people, the sea, the angst… πŸ™‚

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  2. Well now, with so many questions and Esher like passages from past through the present, what can we do but keep walking? If any of it was real, there will be that sense of presence! Nicely done!

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  3. You capture something of the human condition in this piece and offer us a view of ourselves written in the most exquisite figurative style. I really love your ‘fish-shaped pieces of the past’. excellent work.

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  4. your pseudonym is very appropriate, this piece of yours made me think all sorts of thoughts ranging from the merpeople to Jesus Christ to psychopaths. very enlightening.

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  5. This completely blew me away….so much here to probe especially …

    ‘but the future is untethered from time
    it wanders through the clouds,
    with no context,
    with no consequence,
    and the past
    litters our timeless sands.’

    Yeah that is it…perfect description!

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  6. The poem does have a morbid contemplation on life but I expect we all may one day walk that shore ourselves thinking back and wonder; Why? The poem turned out not only reflective but quite moving.

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  7. “Why?” is the best question we stumble of, and as in one quote said, if you find unsolved questions then it’s a divine gift to you….very visual poem, just love this walking along the bay….but what if we could go and test the waters…perhaps the tides bring every time something new….

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  8. The poem has a life to it, like a wave of memories ebbing and flowing into mind, as can happen..Good and bad recalled, some still holding, others letting go. I like the activity within it..

    Eileen

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