The Tension

 'Spannung' (1938) by Ryobun Yamaoka

‘Spannung’ (1938) by Ryobun Yamaoka

It is I guess

The tension which

Holds all things together in this life

The tenacity of the root

The elasticity of the leaf 

The one relentlessly stubborn

The other shamelessly flighty

He the wrinkly perennial

She the glitzy annual

       The solidity of the mountain

The ingenuity of the stream

The former full of granite

The latter full of motion

He inflexibly consistent

She suggestively pliant

The transparency of daylight

The obscureness of darkness

Stars harboring mysteries

Shadows sheltering fears

Childbirth such a trauma

The womb such warmth

The providence of the Creator

The autonomy of the creature

The Silent One in pursuit

The sinful one in retreat

God so indisputable

Adam so incorrigible

No doubt it is

The tension which

Holds us all together in this life

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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4 Responses to The Tension

  1. SalvaVenia says:

    The soul induced eagerness for destination.


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