I’ve come to assume
that where there’s light
there’s also life
but then I’m a fool
imagining the family
sitting down for supper
around a table
as the daylight fades
there across the water
on the endless Island
where the children
are born with wings
where the women swim
with tails that are fins

Just so in the darkness
I stare up into the night
certain each star is
some one’s winking eye
suggesting their lover
now come to a soft bed
where by candlelight
souls merge as one
to the gentle rush
of the eternal stream
of tumbling stars
Each another winking eye
in searching thirst for love
But as I say I’m a fool

“Destiny has no beeper; destiny always leans trenchcoated out of an alley
with some sort of Psst that you usually can’t even hear because you’re
in such a rush to or from something important you’ve tried to engineer.”

~ David Foster Wallace


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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3 Responses to Assumptions

  1. What a delightful idea! I have always thought life was most connected to water, in a rational, scientific way, between the bounds of steam and ice. But, since you mention it, of course it must be just as connected to light for life is a light although life, as light, does come in many shades just as it comes in many shades.


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