Is this it?

…and even if this is it,
is it a tragedy? Or is
this comedy – the
thing we call a burden
might be the inevitability of
living some kind of life,
to wake each morning to
daylight, work and coffee, to be
one small life among the many
who have lived down through long ages
without a storyline, or plot, without
a script, just hearing, seeing,
sensing all the stimuli of the
world, and keeping on until the end,
second, minute, hour, all of
those messy, gorgeous shards of time…

I’ve been wanting to write a Golden Shovel poem for a while now, and this seemed like a good opportunity. Of course, if you go back to the original, you will realise that this can be a beautiful, amazing thing in the hands of a skilled poet. In my defence, he chose a poem that didn’t have many “is”s and “of”s to put at the end of lines…

This is for Jilly’s month of Unreason, and the Jim Harrison quote is – of course –

“it is the burden of life to be many ages without seeing the end of time” 

3 thoughts on “Is this it?

  1. Nicely done! That is a very neat thing to do, as it brings us into both the new poem and the old. Thank you for this. I’d read that Terrence Hayes poem before without knowing it’s origin and the Brooks. Thanks for that too!!

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  2. Love the form! Have written Shovels before and it is really a great way to find inspiration. (I did one from a Billy Collin poem last year – should give it another go!)
    Your poem has so much fatalism and truth – beautiful!


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