The Foil-gilded Chain


Letting It All Fall Away

It’s a matter of living day by day:
embracing the now, dumping this baggage
salvaged from seasons past, exile’s luggage,
heavy loads—letting it all fall away
for the sake of living life day to day,
stowaway on Life’s ferry—no passage
but the willingness . . . no need for courage
or remorse. Letting it all fall away.

Encumbrance of the past weighs too heavy,
an anchor tied with a foil-gilded chain
to memory, fault, failures, guilts that go on,
and unrealized potential heavy
as lead and precious as gold—and as pain—
Let it all fall away now; life goes on.

David M Pitchford
24 November 2009

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One thought on “The Foil-gilded Chain

  1. Really enjoying your poems! Love the content, the use of sound. It’s definitely worth the time to read these out loud. I particular enjoy the poetry equivalent of music mixed meters (changing time signatures, off-accents, etc.)

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