REBIRTH OF INNOCENCE
By Erwin L. Rimban
Word Count: 218
Rating: G (suitable for all audiences)
Summary: A poem about hope in darkness and the return of innocence.
Under the shadow of death
The hours painfully fulfilling
Their preordained orbits under the claws
Of a rapacious predator called Fate.
Poise is lost, equipoise is gone.
A silence of the first third begins.
Then, the Seeker enters the labyrinth
Of war, of toil, of slavery
Lives are lost in the struggle
Of a billion souls
Whose memories are etched only
In the tears that flow
From the dirge of a billion widows.
And mortal strength is sorely tested
In the Parting of the Ways,
A memorial of failure where warriors
Are sacrificed in the dying ground of illusion.
Equilibrium destroyed, beauty flees
And the hours turn into centuries and millennia.
A silence of the second third ensues.
In the interregnum of Twilight.
Something is born
As midnight crawls into the first embers
Of sweet dawn.
What manner of creature
May stoke the embers of dying life?
Dare we hope against the norm?
That stretches into Infinity.
And into this silence of the last third
The drums of Men beat again
The hearths of Women are alive again
The songs of children may give
A semblance of Spring.
Hope is born anew
But, a mind should ask:
What, what manner of creature
The rebirth of Innocence?
Sensei Erwin Rimban has been a spiritual, metaphysics and meditation teacher for over a decade. His works are featured in the Journal of Metaphysics and Connected Consciousness, the Mindful Word, Panegyria Journal, The Minds Journal, and others. (You may correspond with him at firstname.lastname@example.org).