Upturned Earth

We took an oath to never
borrow from tomorrow,
to search out harrowing experiences
and to suck the marrow from life.

Now, they seem hollow vows,
transparent illusions of youth,
aspirations worn thin
by the march of time.

Rare is the child who can guess
the realities of maturity, either
grand or humble. more rare still,
the adult who does not mourn

broken oaths and wasted days.
I saw the procession, a slow train
ending beside upturned earth,
finally accepting the one unfailing

promise. The grubs will always be fed.



Ah, rainy days and poetry,
always a cheerful combination.
For the Sunday Whirl.



Filed under Poetry, Poetry - Prompts

5 responses to “Upturned Earth

  1. Oh, that last line – the truth hurts! I’m sure there are many adults who do mourn wasted days!

  2. Grub food, yup. Nicely done, Mark.

  3. Reblogged this on The Cheese Whines and commented:
    Beautiful, profound, chilling, very real.

  4. Diane Turner

    Love that last line. Perfection! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Helen Dehner

    After the April poetry marathon .. I’ve decided to just read. This is an amazing poem, Mark.

Some of what I write is true, some is fiction; most is merely possibility.

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