Ours to Choose

About Face ~ Brent Harris

About Face ~ Brent Harris

What is it follows?
Can it be found?
Follows you around
Sometimes in front
Sometimes behind
Opens doors
Slams doors
In your face
Sneaks in
Cheek by jowl
Cuts no slack
A burdened back

Dogs your steps
Your joints
Points of pain
Of reminders past
Needles and pins
Stuck in a map
Of self
Physical, mental
Emotional selfie
Yet mundane

Into darkness
Into light
Never into
Or out of sight

Childhood wounds
Stab your feet
Your arms, unarmed
Battles forgotten
Demons unacknowledged
Education incomplete
A noose
Your neck
Your life
Not growing
Tighter yet
Becoming so
Traps hold you
Limit movement

Can you go
Do you know
Nod for yes
Shake for no

Con or confidence
Trickles through
Through your thoughts
Swiss-cheese brains
Deluge drains
Rigor of mind
Leaves you behind
Do you dare
Be here
Choose choice
Run the race

Run away
Faster, faster
Court triumph
Drink disaster
First chance
Last dance
Will you
Won’t you
Can you tell
Your tell
What you sell
Just, oh well

Have you ever
You might
Clever now
Day and night
A dull knife
A blunted tool
A born fool
Would it
Maybe so
Find it
Hide it
Don’t let go

Can you show
Do you know
Shake for yes
Nod for no

While walking
Driving where
Killing time
Rain or shine
Sleet, snow
Whether weather
Or whatever
Dreaming’s fine
Toe the line
Nowhere to hide
You decide

Draw a card
Draw a picture
A conclusion
Cut for luck
A fiction
A confusion
Or only
An illusion
Meaning sought
Behind the veil
Beyond the vale
Last farewell
Who can tell

Each story
Lost, forgotten
Defeated, destroyed
Sings fame, glory
Diverse, disparate
Unique, oblique
Each part
Part and parcel

Win or fail
When finally pale
None may know
Your urgent tale

Each knot
Each stitch
Every thread
Alive, dead
Forms pattern
Hidden, tangled
Cloth of gold
Always, everywhere told
Love and sorrow
Joy and pain
Each tomorrow
A new today
Begin again

Tapestry woven
Each moment
On time’s loom
We each
And all choose
Glory, doom
Which new patterns
Will find room
Who or what, where
Glowing brightly
Assumed, subsumed
By darkness

Win or fail
When finally pale
All may know
Your tiny tale

Heat, light
Explode, escape
A grand confession
Not guilt but being
Scattered, shattered
Starry jewels
In chill obsidian
No meridian
Fiery heat alive
Sub-zero chill alive

Above us
Within us
In our lives
No one survives
Dead or alive
No energy
No matter
What we know
How we strive
All paths
Same maths
Ultimate equation
Entropy increases
Combustion decreases
Life grows
Life ceases

Ours to choose
Win or lose
All battles one
All battles lost
All battles won
Only one
Final payment
Despite the cost
Where we start
We do depart
On the stage
Where we embark




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