Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point

A Poem by Delmar Cooper

Vanishing Point

So what do we think?
When we bother at all.
Of staying in straight lines?
Following the uniform in front?
Followed uniformly behind?
Up marble steps hollowed down by those before,
Past sleeping lions heroically carved to guard…
What? From whom?
Taken in perspective, all lines converge.
Until the mind - that willing fool -
Begins its urging. First quietly, in seditious whisper:
“Yes, this is real, real. Simply reach out and touch to feel.”
So convinced, we break away, slip beneath the velvet rope,
Past guards lost in stuporus dreams of cigarettes and coffee.
We know! Truly know what depth is there.
That hands may feel what eyes may see,
So we reach, reach,
Reach until suddenly,  surprised fingers are stopped.
Stopped short by the grain of brush strokes,
Stopped by the taunt bounce of canvas.
Then, oh then, there is the slow walk back
Back into place
Then there is the mourning,
Mourning that unnamed thing, lost.
Lost forever by the act of discovery.

 


© 2014 Delmar Cooper



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At first I see a military place, maybe an officer academy. And I sense an intelligent presence. But that might be too obvious. That said there's something comforting about the steps and the lions of tradition. And the mind nagging away, annoyingly. Best not to think phps, easier anyway. Ach, it's a shock to think 'this is real' at whatever time we think it, methinks. The bit about reaching engaged me further, making me think, 'yes, we all reach and are all thwarted.' This in turn made me think I am on my own slow walk back through mourning for life lived.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Delmar Cooper

8 Months Ago

Thank you for reading this and for your comment. I visualized a museum or library, I have seen both .. read more



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At first I see a military place, maybe an officer academy. And I sense an intelligent presence. But that might be too obvious. That said there's something comforting about the steps and the lions of tradition. And the mind nagging away, annoyingly. Best not to think phps, easier anyway. Ach, it's a shock to think 'this is real' at whatever time we think it, methinks. The bit about reaching engaged me further, making me think, 'yes, we all reach and are all thwarted.' This in turn made me think I am on my own slow walk back through mourning for life lived.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Delmar Cooper

8 Months Ago

Thank you for reading this and for your comment. I visualized a museum or library, I have seen both .. read more
I think this is a gem of a poem. An exploration in what we believe reality to be. You're not suppose to touch the paintings though. You going to put out anything new? CD

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Delmar Cooper

10 Months Ago

" You going to put out anything new? " I dunno, maybe. Got a favorite (non political) topic?
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love the power in the ending. You may take a life tome to discover a thing. However the good/bad news is once learned you cannot unlearn such knowledge.

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Delmar Cooper

11 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and for your thoughtful comment.
I am really enjoying your poetry. You are very talented!

Could you tell me more about what inspired this poem? I'm just curious.

Yari

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Delmar Cooper

11 Months Ago

Originally the sound the words made.
Yari Garcia

11 Months Ago

Very interesting. Thanks ^.^
Delmar Cooper

11 Months Ago

Sorry for the brief reply. Having computer issues here. Originally the poem was much shorter just f.. read more
I've spent the past hour or so reading your works and I've come to really love your style. this piece is definitely one of my favorites though.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Delmar Cooper

1 Year Ago





thank you for reading
A lovely reflective poem. But you know, Mother Nature don't draw straight lines. Also, scientifically all straight lines are curved!(Curved space). As for the 'straight and narrow', well I wonder how many of us don't stray?

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Delmar Cooper

2 Years Ago

Thanks for your comment, and I suppose I do or did know that fact about infinity and straight lines .. read more
Great Aunt Astri

2 Years Ago

I think I agree with you there!
you took me past St George's hall into the art museum and let me touch the rough feel of old painted canvas....................AGAIN!

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Your writing always leaves me with no words. I've read most of your writing but I never have the right words to tell you what is it that I like about it, but this piece right here got to my heart. I know you might have meant to say something else, but this reminded me of a time not far from now when I was still innocent, not because I didn't know of life, I knew many things before all the other children, I was wiser than I should've been. I was innocent because nothing truly bad had happened to me before. This is my favorite piece of writing because of that. Thanks for sharing.

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Delmar Cooper

3 Years Ago

" I know you might have meant to say something else," What I mean or don't mean or meant at the m.. read more
Tomoe Tellez

3 Years Ago

I have the same thinking, I like to consider my writing as a gift to whoever reads it. I just told y.. read more
Way to think for yourself! Well done.

Posted 3 Years Ago



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Delmar Cooper
Delmar Cooper

Trussville, AL



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