Poem 101: We have fallen

What a thrill it’s been to have walked the Planet Earth
albeit for a while
I watched a murmuration of starlings twirl in evening light
Who could invent such wonder?

We have fallen down too fast

It used be said to not wear green with blue
they do not mix; and yet blue sky
green grass – stab of red cow, flash of white horse
Who could invent such wonder?

We have fallen down too

Glimpse of mountains, clouds,
streams, rivers, seas. Beehives!
Impassable forests! A tiny flower!
Who could invent such wonder?

We have fallen down

The chattering rumble of people,
billions, yet not one the same.
The fecundity of Mother Earth!
Who could invent such wonder?

We have fallen

To create a song, a poem, a story;
to skip and dance, to draw,
to knit a scarf, to spin in wind!
To weed a garden, row a boat,
whisk up eggnog, burn a piece of toast,
pick nectarines, fly a kite! Love!
Who could invent such wonder?

We have

To hear the poem read aloud click HERE.

26 thoughts on “Poem 101: We have fallen

  1. craig

    Beautifully expressed, Bruce! I love this and the mood it conveys to me is a blend of melancholy and joy that is familiar to all who have lived, longed, loved, and lost. Who indeed, and what wondrous beauty He must possess, that His creation can still amaze after millennia of the corrupting and corrosive presence of fallen man.

    And what? No one murdered at the end? You old softy.

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  2. umashankar

    The beauty and bittersweet melancholy of this poem left me breathless. The tapering down of the refrain in a way that it meld into the lines preceding them each time is an amazing feat you have pulled of. Only a true poet could have written such a forceful poem which is both an elegy and a celebration of life.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max)

        I’m reminded of “I’m late, I’m late! For a very important date! No time to say ‘hello, goodbye,’ I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!”

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              1. badfinger20 (Max)

                Mr. Potato head was last week. I don’t want anyone offended but you know…. it’s life…everyone needs to put on their big boy and big girl pants and get on with it…yea I can see Winnie in their sites.

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          1. badfinger20 (Max)

            No no no….the most complex booK I’ve read…well I’m more of a bio guy but the only fiction I’ve read…is IT by King…I know I know…I would like to give a classic a try.
            I’ve read about every Beatle bio under the sun…thats not well read though.

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            1. Bruce Goodman Post author

              I’ve never read a Stephen King – and now my eyes are so far gone that I’m not reading much. Over here eye testing etc is not part of the medical insurance so with Covid etc there’s little money for my eyes! Thought I’d have a bitch for a change! The world is ****ed. (P.S. I’ll be in a better mood tomorrow!)

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              1. badfinger20 (Max)

                I agree with you Bruce! If you ever do read one…read IT…I get audio books for my 72 mile round trip from work every day…it helps.

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                1. Bruce Goodman Post author

                  I’m not too keen on scary (I watch most of television standing up – because of fear!!) so Stephen King takes a back seat. I can’t believe you travel 72 miles to work and back. But then again – judging from a photo of you driveway that you once posted – you have a lovely lifestyle to live in. So do I in fact – but quite different to yours.

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                  1. badfinger20 (Max)

                    It’s the price we pay to live in the country and away from Nashville. I’m ok with it. I wouldn’t wake up if I lived too close to work! I use that time to listen to an audio book and wake up.

                    You live in the country also…so you know what I mean.

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