PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE By Tim Davies #StarfishClub #Coffeeandachat @coffeeandachat1 #Poetry #PoetryCommunity #PoetryHub #WritingCommunity

WHERE IS THE PAST?

IS IT IN A TREACHEROUS PROMISE WHISPERED AGAINST MY LIPS IN THE DARK?

IS IT MY TIME, TRAPPED IN A VACUUM OF LOST LOVE FOREVER?

IS IT A LONG CHAIN THAT STRETCHES FROM MY HAPPINESSES 

AND HOLDS ME CAPTIVE HERE TO STOP ME MOVING FORWARD?

IS IT THE SHADOW IN THE MIRROR, OR THE RUSTLE IN MY MEMORY –

THE FEAR OF SOME USURPER LURKING, WHERE ONCE MY HAPPINESS REIGNED.

WHY IS THE PRESENT?

IS IT’S CAUSE THE HEAT WITHIN ME, THAT RED-HOTDISAPPOINTMENT THAT CHILLS, NOT WARMS?

IS IT DUE TO DISILLUSION WITH ALL THOSE JOYS THAT I ONCE TOOK FOR GRANTED 

THAT LEFT ME VOID, IN BLEAK RESENTMENT OF SURVIVING SELF?

IS IT BECAUSE OF THE FRICTION OF PASSING PROMISE AND PURPOSE THAT HUGS ME TIGHT AT NIGHT –

CRUSHING ME LIKE A SNAKE, INSTEAD OF HOLDING ME SECURE THROUGH TENDER LOVE?

LIKE SOME USURPER, CONSIGNING HAPPINESS INTO TREMBLING BANISHMENT.

HOW IS THE FUTURE?

SHALL I HOLD TO THE BITTER, BROKEN MIRROR OF TODAY, DISTORTING MY SMILE FOREVER?

MUST THOSE DISTORTED CRACKS REFLECT THE PAINFUL PORES OF LONG-SUSPENDED LIFE?

OR WILL THERE BE KINDNESS IN MY WORLD, IN SADNESS HID, IN TRUST AND COURAGE FOUND?

MUST I ACCEPT THOSE “KINGS” WITHOUT THAT THREATEN WITH THEIR CRUEL RULE?

OR IS MY “QUEEN” ALIVE INSIDE, WITH KIND COMMANDS AND GENTLER WILL?

HOW CAN SHE REIGN, THROUGH HARSH REBELLION FROM THE PAST; HAS SHE THE STOMACH TO REDEEMMY HEART?

NOW IS THE WHOLE OF TIME

PAST ARROWS POINTING EVERWHERE, SHARP AND BARBED AND POISON-TIPPED

OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE CALLS AT EVERY BOWSTRING’S THRUM – I FEAR THAT SOUND

AND EVERY FUTURE ARCHER HAS A FEATHERED CHEEK, THEIR EYES UPON ME WHEN I WALK ABROAD.

AND DEVIOUS ARE THE PROMISES AND SMILES OF PASSERS BY, POINTING OUT THE PATHS, BUT WHICH IS SAFE?

AN ARROW TO THE PAST, ANOTHER TO THE FUTURE, EACH CAN PIERCE AND PENETRATE THE HEART

NO ARROWS FOR THE PRESENT, FOR IT IS IT NOW; THE ONLY SAFE WAY TO THE MORNING’S SUN

ÓTim Davies 

©all rights reserved to the author Tim Davies 2020

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