“will have smoothed you forever away.”
Ain’t it the truth, Ruth! So much effort, so little impact, and even that temporary. Makes me consider going back to bed, except the ice coated trees outside my windows create a moment of beauty, so perhaps my purpose is simply to cry “holy.”

Dark Matter

This planet of ours
rolls so consistently
through its appointed rounds
we can easily forget
it is not itself
but will have an end date
long after our own.

When we realize
how little will likely be left
to remember us
on that day
we set upon it
tooth and nail, desperate
to make a permanent mark
of some sort.

and really,
and oh please,
the earth responds.

By the time I’m old enough
to welcome my end
I will have smoothed you 
forever away.


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About Eileen

Mother of five, grandmother of eleven, great-grandmother of five. 1955 -1959 Rice University in Houston, TX. Taught primary grades; Was Associate Post Director of Religious Education at Ft. Campbell, KY; Consultant on the Myers/Briggs Type Indicator; Presently part time Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper for Architect husband of fifty-nine years.

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