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A life too short

by  Brian Aird

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Word Count: 105

A life too short
By Brian Aird

I cannot leave the white room
Nor turn from the red rose
That lies adrift on his becalmed chest

Wed thought hed always be there
Like antique pitch
Trying to make us sea-worthy

But expert kindness
With cruel hands unclean
Hurried a fatal flaw to a blemish

Thus the water got below
Sails turned to shrouds
Breath howled to a full stop

Now thoughts lost in sudden mist
Search for words
But find stubborn tears

So flow my tears to this poignant nib
And make a quiet prayer
For a life too long and a life too short