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George Freek: Everything Must Die

Image: Unsplash, downloaded ( 17.12.2022.


A cold night arrives.

Leaves die on the trees,

Will I know when

it’s my turn to die?

Clouds which appear

as solid as mountains

disappear from the sky.

Death is an unknown.

What makes those leaves die

on my maple tree?

I ask my cat.

He’s very wise. He’s

concerned with a bug.

He pays no attention to me.


A black moon rises

in a blackening sky.

A hawk swoops,

I hear a night bird cry.

It’s disturbing,

but everything must die.

I fall into my bed.

Unable to sleep,

I walk into my garden.

The stars give no cheer.

They’ve been dead

for millions of years.

I wonder about a girl

I loved years ago.

It’s foolish of me.

Why would I want to know?

IN A BLUE GARDEN (After Liu Yong)

I stare over empty flowerpots

at my decaying garden.

The roses are dead.

Hollyhocks no longer bloom.

The day turns into night.

Stars flicker and fade.

They’re distant dreams,

and the moon is

not what it seems.

I’ve lost my sense of place,

comforted by fantasies.

I’m now fifty-eight.

I realize I know nothing,

and it’s getting rather late.

About the Author: George Freek's poem "Written Blue Lake" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His poem "Enigmatic Variations" was also recently nominated for Best of the Net. His collection "Melancholia" is published by Red Wolf Editions.


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The image of Quasimodo is by French artist Louis Steinheil, which appeared in  the 1844 edition of Victor Hugo's "Notre-Dame de Paris" published by Perrotin of Paris.


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