Watching the Ripples Radiate.
Author: marshalg

Chapter 39
Snapping Out of It

The days seem awfully drab of late
The haze is in the air,
The feeling's dull and listless
And there's no colour in my hair.
My output's dry and lifeless,
The quality is quite poor
And the energy within me
Is so down it's on the floor.
My friends complain about my way
So negative and flat,
Whilst my foes are quite convinced
They've got me spread upon the mat.
And all about the world churns on
The rhythm keeps its time,
People weep and laugh and live
And the dying think life's fine.
How miserable and mealy mouthed
How tawdry and obscure,
How arrogantly dull of me
To dismiss life's allure.
What weakness and self pity,
What self indulgent tripe,
What character betrayal
To emote in this bad light.
I suck the air deep down inside
And exhale with a shout,
I leap into the cold night air
And fling myself about
Sprinting in the long dry grass
I caste my clothing off
And with a mighty yell I splash
Into the icy trough!
Sensations running hard and fast
The blood begins to pound
Whist freezing wet I stand waist deep
And feel the joy, profound,
The love of living, thrill of life
Is with me now my friend.
Never let me saunter down that grim
And maudlin path again!
Mangere Bridge
9th April 2008


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