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  Centurion
by Kalikiano Kalei
Monday, March 31, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.

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As Dylan Thomas once famously stated, "Do not go gentle into that good night...". Aging, and the slow disintegration it entails, is the legacy of every living creature. Man, alone among all animals on this planet, appears to be the only ceature capable of melancholic reflection upon its ultimate end. Owing partly to that strange and infinitely puzzling capability, humanity has populated its cosmological theology with deities, gods, and Supreme Beings since the first human being discovered this curious characteristic of the mind. Perhaps the ultimate cosmic joke is that life in most cases is not taken away in a sudden instant, but rather in a muted progression of microscopic changes that allay its horrific implications. In that sense, it is true that 'the good die young' and only the very, very wicked hold on until the final fatigue of death chokes them in its fatal chill embrace. Happy thoughts, eh?



Centurion

 


Age creeps up upon us all like a small gray cat,

Stealthy in approach, with softly padded footfalls,

Sensually, movements vague, yet with determined

Vengefulness, sinuously stalking each man and woman,

Mewling, purring, mercilessly pursuing, eventually

Climbing uninvited and demanding upon each lap.

 

That dark centurion of time, keeper of infinity,

Guardian of predestined oblivion and destruction

Visits in the darkest hours of the utter catlike night,

Marking all without concern for beauty or strength.

Unknowable, implacable finity gathering its black shroud

Of ultimate, inescapable, darkest, wearying exhaustion.

 

Once young, once strong, once pulsating with energy

The high are brought low, the lowly elevated to heights

Known only to some higher purpose that transcends

Our understanding; in the final accounting, nothingness.

The lonely anguish of age mercifully dulled by fading reason,

Senilia of ineluctable dissolution and ultimate decay.

 

That little gray cat is on my lap as I speak, purring

Its obscene pleasures as it kneads my leg, small, fatal,

Herald of impending doom, whisking its tail to give the lie

To its irresistible deceits, deceptions of bleakest promise.

Small gray icon of doom, it yawns as if nothing matters.
Poised upon the brink of the centurion’s fateful whim.




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Reviewed by Rafika Anderson (Reader) 9/2/2010
Beautiful piece, excellently delivered. Great discipline with maintaining the metaphors throughout. Deeply moving message. Nicely done.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 4/21/2008
The final stanza is particularly poignant
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 4/3/2008
Really well-written. This kind of poem can be screwed up royally with the wrong word choice where it seems the writer swallowed a thesaurus for the sole purpose of regurgitating it, lol, but not this- this has all well-chosen words so that although it appears like alot to the eye, it is deftly balanced by your hand so that it comes off as light and tight as a feather. A keeper.
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 4/1/2008
Great wriitng dear man,stay safe and well...Hugs
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/31/2008
A hint of the dark running through these lines, but wonderfully penned - love the image of the cat. Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 3/31/2008
Interesting with a foreboding thread running through...

Be always safe,
Karen
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