BTRIPP (btripp) wrote,

A half a dozen poems ... #1

Man ... so little time to work on this stuff these days ... usually I'm able to get the poems typed up over the weekend, but not this time ... anyway ... there are six new ones tonight ... the first of which is here ...

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                    IN THE TANTALUS ZONE

                    the losses mount,
                    the standards fall,
                    we have slipped
                    to the abyss;
                    yet we are not alone
                    within our fall,
                    others plummet too
                    echoing our screams

                    so many efforts
                    have gone for naught,
                    we strive and fail,
                    make sacrifices
                    which have no point,
                    there's never an answer
                    from the skies
                    nor from the pit

                    laid low here
                    we ache for what we had,
                    not pie in the sky,
                    not fantastic dreams,
                    just what we've lost,
                    what once was ours
                    but now is gone
                    taken by cruel fate

                    a weakness invades,
                    we falter, stumble,
                    only these needs,
                    these damn demands,
                    drive us on;
                    where is there rest,
                    where is there calm,
                    where is there peace?

                    bitterly day
                    allows us to dream
                    forgetting how often
                    dreams are destroyed,
                    enticingly set
                    we savor the prize
                    always beyond grasp
                    in the Tantalus zone

                             - Brendan Tripp

                    Copyright © 2002 by Brendan Tripp

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