Until We Are No More

Posted: September 23, 2017 in What Pegman Saw
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Pegman took us to Sambor Prei Kuk Temple, Cambodia today. What an amazing place. I wandered around the grounds until I found this amazing picture. My 119-word story follows.


Oh, we are a pair are we not?
Wound around one another’s lives
One of us limber and forgiving
The other solid and stern

We laugh over the details
of our failures
We cry over the unforgivable losses
Not because either of us is to blame
but because there is no one to blame

We cling and claw our way
through days
And languish in our nights
Making love
or fighting
It doesn’t matter which

Because each brilliant dawn
we awaken with the hope
that one of us will
Let go
Cling tighter
Love harder
Turn away

Or we will both
remain the same
and get on with it
Until we are no more

  1. k rawson says:

    Holy moly what an amazing sight you’ve found, and what a sad and lovely metaphor you found in it. Such a beautiful poem!

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    • Thanks, K! It seems so odd to me that I’m leaning toward poetry these days because I don’t think of myself as a poet and really don’t know the mechanics of it. I just sort of make stuff up. So glad you like it, though! Lish

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    I missed that building in my look round, an extraordinary sight and matches your words perfectly. Well done.

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  3. Beautiful image, Lish. I like the poem too. I sometimes will lean toward poetry instead of fiction. There’s something about its sparsity that I enjoy, like the pillars of a cathedral. It lets a lot of light through.

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  4. pennygadd51 says:

    That’s a lovely poem. Beautiful. Thank you, Alicia

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  5. Lynn Love says:

    I agree with the others – a gorgeous image. And I love how you’ve used it as a metaphor for a complicated relationship – that mix of characters, the pushing and pulling, hoping they will either grow stronger or fall apart, just do something to change the cycle. Wonderful Alicia

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  6. Dear Lish,

    You are an amazing poet. Beautiful verse, full of emotions and metaphor.



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  7. draliman says:

    Great poem and use of the image. What an amazing picture you found 🙂

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  8. This poem wound itself around my mind, then my heart, as if it were alive. I absolutely loved it. Thank you, Lish. So despairing yet so beautiful.

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  9. Dahlia says:

    The picture is so beautiful I thought nothing could do justice to it. And then I read your poem – I am speechless.

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