Nobody Survives

Sizzling strokes of heat still steam
over standing stones at summer’s dusk.

They undulate against the background
of a merciful darkness now graciously
descending to cool the scorched earth
and sooth my own hot heart, ablaze
with the rapture of flame-lit peaks,
simmering into sunset’s echo.

Tenderly, the night retrieves its silence –
one by one, the surrendering sounds
of another done day drop away.

Just so, the mind that clings to nothing
can resume its natural disposition.

Night on the mountain
looms vast in the settling shadows,
host to a memory moistened with tears —
desolation’s wan secret — while in the forest
a commotion of two contesting animals
is cut short in a sudden sharp cry.

In the morning, perhaps I’ll find some trace
of shining bone, or the stain of dark blood
smeared hot on a still-cooling stone.

Whatever the case,
here’s the truth of this place:

nobody gets out alive.



About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: Essays on the Conscious Process: Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: Verses and ramblings on life as it is: Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: Verses on the Play of Consciousness: Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: Poems of the Mountain Hermit: Love Poems from The Book of Yes: Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: Thank You!
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