The Long View (A Fragment)

. . . peer into illusions and defuse them
with unknowing vigor. Pleading eyes
tip the horizon: here! descend from these pillars!
and their ravenous heights, ever skyward,
ever vacant. Believe in stars; however,
do not love them–oh terror!
When it arrives, it arrives: death will pale
against the illuminated spirit who weeps
himself into the width of your future . . . .

Copyright 2011 by Michael Marsters.
All rights reserved.

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6 thoughts on “The Long View (A Fragment)

  1. I’ve read this poem several times since you posted it and its meaning (that is, its meaning to me) gradually spread outwards from it. I would love to hear it read aloud by an experienced voice actor. I especially like (and admire) the final two lines.

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