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The Days Stretch Out
by J.A. Aarntzen

Sunday, April 27, 2008
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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Written in 2002, this one maps how the promise of a new day eventually erodes into routine and the same old thing.


The Days Stretch Out 

 
The days stretch out to span a lifetime
A dawning sun, an endless afternoon, a gloaming too brief to revel in.
 
A mind that fires up with the whispers of morning
Heightened by the sweet intoxications of that which we consume
A call to action and the ministrations of compulsion and design
Forging yesterday's promise into familiar channels
Where inspired innovation dies upon the anvils of necessity.
A mind well routed in the limited probablities of venture
Restokes itself with the narcoleptic indulgences of the midday
Recesses into the comforts of ritual, routine and habit
Unwilling to compromise the everyday for the frolic and whimsy
Until the day becomes another trivial piece to the endless legacy.
A mind thrust upon the shores of a setting sun
Sees the folly of where it had been during the course of the day
Realizes that there is much more to the map than just the roads
Recognizes that a path need not have any kind of direction
And promises itself that the dawn would take it elsewhere.
 
The days stretch out to span a lifetime
A dawning sun, an endless afternoon, a gloaming too brief to revel in.
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