Pause and Ponder

Pause and Ponder

 

The hall had no lights today,

the rooms were gloomy,

the lights burned low.

There was no viol or harp playing;

no laughter or mirth;

the tree has fallen and the birds have flown;

the cisterns have been broken and the cords

loosened,

and what was has ceased to be.

 

 

Dust to dust and ashes to ashes.

The sounds of weeping, and the mournful dirge;

a procession behind the brier.

Still and lifeless the form contained within it,

which once was full of life and vivacity.

Yesterday it was; today no more.

The brevity and vanity of life.

 

 

Vanity of vanities!

Today it is,

tommorow no more;

alive today,

withered the next.

Listen and learn,

observe and gain understanding:

all that is will cease to exist.



6 thoughts on “Pause and Ponder” by topazo (@topazo)

  1. I think this just captures the circle/cycle which is life…

    I like the plainess of it.Good job.

  2. Nice. But that third stanza…

    Somehow, I get this feeling that the third stanza reads like authorial intrusion in the context of this poem. Cos you were painting a picture from the beginning that on its own should make us pause and ponder. I didn’t feel you needed to have ‘preached’ the theme in the third stanza.

    Keep improving your art. Their is no end to learning.

    1. @chemokopi thanks for the observation

  3. I agree with @chemokopi, could have done without that third stanza. Also words like viol, harp, brier, kinds makes it too archaic.

    1. Thanks@myne for the observations

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