December 30

Johanna Engdahl

Johanna Engdahl

The penultimate day of the year
Penultimate day of another decade
Dawns more questions than answers
For a world set on the pins & needles
Of a terror now turned into episodes
We fall asleep to exhausting alerts
We are awakened by explosions

We are birds who’ve taken flight
Only to learn the branches of trees
Have gone so brittle that they break
When once again our feet touch them
Our nests lie fallen onto frozen snow
The fledglings that’d been our hope
Lie broken twigs upon the ground

And so we fly again dawn to dusk
Flitting worm to worm seed to seed
Sustaining nothing but our own need
Sustained by nothing but our own fear
That these questions have no answers
That there is for us no peace ‘til death
Where we can sleep beyond waking

Yet even now amid the darkness
There on the eastern skyline a light`
Line emerges as if brushed by blood
And all fallen forsaken Eden denizens
Stir again from their restless slumber
So as to hear what God has to say
In what will be the final word


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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6 Responses to December 30

  1. Peter, this is breathtaking. Beautiful, sad, true. Congrats on an extremely well writtem piece of heart. Wishing you all that is good in the year to come <3 H.

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  2. biblically portentous

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  3. speaks to me – I seem to have found lots of fledglings on the ground recently. The last stanza is full of hope

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