He, with speed, once descended

he, with speed


He, with speed, once descended

beyond reach of the voices echoing his name


He fell into a charnel river, its current carrying

him out to sea where, becalmed or turbulent,

He could find no sleep, no relief.


Assuming the contours of nebulous complexity

In despair he sank deeper into this watery world

which loosened the skin that bound him to lost memory


Sleek and facile now, he glided with a grace that was genuine

belying the anchor that weighted his heart

Until drawn by a patient star he swam in the shallows

where one day he was tempted ashore.

Too long untouched by sleep he emerged on dry land

with a prayer on his lips anointing the sand with his tears and sorrow.


Blessed by engagement with sadness he listened

his heart beat in cadence

with an emergent compassion

his prayer now in sync with the blighted terrain

he began to feel this sorrow was shared

Of a single heart ever beating


With a mind accustomed to formulating events and endings

Closer and closer he circled towards this endless wellspring

his newly trusting heart cycling up and down the mountain of tension

creating momentum and joining these opposites


Holding his own

between speed and a still point of being



Art: Alice Wellinger

13 responses

    • I love how you “wrestle” these poems of mine, Chris. I think you are seeing clearly into this one…in that the momentum of questioning is more important than having the solace of immediate answers. Plateaus are welcome though….huh?


  1. Almost the beginning of something epic…interesting you choosing the other sex’s skin to travel in…images I devour in delightful hunger…nights of mysterious sweating, even with open windows…


    • Your comment stuns me a bit John…. your recognition of this poem being about traveling through time in another person’s “skin”. Very intuitive and epic beginnings for sure…. thank you my imaginative poet friend.

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