02 August 2017

Faith of Our Fathers

if death is the end,
and birth the means,
failure is justified.

at an early age
family failed
due to too much

followed by a religion
        that came up short,
        at all but derision.

passion, sticky and short-lived,
not quite clean, failed
its climatic mission
         being just illusion.

love, illusive across a universe,
defined poetically,
stands alone
          against the tide of failure.

the garden yields its rose
to the failing fire, subsuming passion,
religion,      derision,      failure.

death claims
without aims,
and the rose       shames
                    justified failure.

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