Long Distance

Long Distance

A Poem by Fabian G. Franklin

Aren't they all?



 Those long distances;

 whether years or miles;

 tears or smiles,

 that separate what we feel

 from what we think;

 that urge us to drown the real

 in drink

 or find some new nepenthe

 in the amnesia of pills; the dark and lengthy

 painkilling process that kills the infection;

 the affection,

 by draining the abscess

 or the excess

 of our hearts

 or parts

 of our minds that refuse to let go

 is in and of itself; painfully slow.

 The only solace to our sorrow is

 in remembering

 what has not been...and hoping…

 looking forward to tomorrow.

 The distance can be crossed

 and all is not lost

 unless we choose to lose it

 and would we choose it


 if our pain; our joy, our lust

 were just as much a part of us

 as our clear logic instead of magic?

 How tragic!

 We can’t hold on to youth

 or truth

 or beauty

 because of responsibility to duty

 but shall we be just as cynical;

 cold and clinical,

 in our amputations

 of relations

 that once meant something to us?

 So it costs

 a few more cents

 to call;

 we should have the good sense

 to make the effort after all.

 And in those suffering

 pauses of silent instances

 we can learn to shorten by practice

 those long distances.

 Perhaps we can’t hold

 on to youth

 or find any universal truth;

 beauty fades

 like plans we’ve made;

 the best laid schemes

 of mice and men have failed

 and flailed;

 drowning while jumping

 from a sinking ship;

 struggling to swim to the distant

 shores of heaven.

How will we cross the vast

 and infamous chasm

 from earth below to heaven above?

There is no bridge but one.

 Poets and philosophers have agreed

 in need

 to call it love.

© 2017 Fabian G. Franklin

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This is a very well done riffing rhyming spiel of delightful word-associations that many young whippersnappers on this website try to sell, but here you've closed the deal like none other. This is what it's supposed to look like & feel like, where the flow of meaning is being played with just as much as the flow of words, making sense, turning corners, finding new tangents, but all supporting the main message. I love it. I'm envious as hell. Your style is very distinctive (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 1 Week Ago

Fabian G. Franklin

1 Week Ago

Just a few thoughts on how life gets in the way of things...sort of in the vein of Harry Chapin's Ca.. read more
This is outstanding. Thoughtful, and the cadence was very enticing.

Posted 1 Week Ago

Fabian G. Franklin

1 Week Ago

Thank you so much. I'm delighted that you enjoyed the read. And I appreciate your time in commenting.. read more
Transcendent, uplifting and inspiring poem. Great theme, wordplay, form, flow cadence, rhyme...”There is no bridge but one.” Truth. Amen.

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Fabian G. Franklin

1 Week Ago

Thanks for reading and your comment. Yes, love is what life is all about, just wish more people real.. read more
Annette Pisano Higley

1 Week Ago

Need the blessings Fabian! Thanks so much.
Wow! So encapsulating. I like this piece. The diction is beautiful. The rhyming pattern is excellent. Keep it up, sir.

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Fabian G. Franklin

1 Week Ago

Thank you very much friend. I appreciate you dropping by and taking the time to leave a comment. I t.. read more
Very captivated by the internal rhyme scheme...a fine write full of wisdom with a fun way about it
and the image is perfect lol

Posted 2 Weeks Ago

Fabian G. Franklin

2 Weeks Ago

The author bows graciously...thank you my poetic friend.

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Fabian G. Franklin
Fabian G. Franklin

Boone, NC

Visit my blog at http://thepoetsparlor.blogspot.com "No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness." Aristotle "The salvation of man is through love and in love." From Man's Sea.. more..


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