The World Within

We live in a decaying mansion

My counterparts and I

Each in his own world

Each with his own friends

The view toward the gardens

Is precisely the same

Except for the elevation

We live on different floors 

Each has his own quarters

A library of his favorite books

A bar with his favorite booze

A bed with its unique scent

One of us is a philosopher

A wrestler with life’s mysteries

An analyst of life’s minutiae

An interpreter of life’s questions

Another is a psychologist

A mender of things disconnected

A master of things systemic

An initiator of reconciliation

The third is the dreamer

The keeper of the imagination

The lover of life’s metaphors

The collector of words like stones

We live here in this old aging house

Brothers beyond all conversation

At home with each other’s presence

Strangers to each other’s gifts


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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9 Responses to The World Within

  1. SalvaVenia says:

    So many chances …


  2. Morgan says:

    WOW such a powerful piece, Peter :) just wonderful…and so sad, really.


  3. the gift and the curse of a tripartite mind


  4. What wonders our inner selves are! Sometimes, in meditation, I re-introduce myself to my ten or fourteen-year-old selves and have a conversation about those years. I always learn something new.


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