Richard Pierce

Richard Pierce – author, poet, painter

Life, Poetry

Day 259

our heat

our heat escapes us
so quickly
here the gone
the ice returns
and burns instead
a contradiction
like everything

and we say
life wasn’t meant
to be easy
to be complete
to be simple
to be what we
want it to be

and so we choose not to change direction

the dark comes
too soon in
every way
when we need
the light of love
of kindness
of praise
of warmth
and the wells of
it are empty

and so we choose not to feel

except for those
moments when
we forget ourselves
forget the mantras
inflicted on us
by bible and class
by royalty and politics
by the old ways
which should be forgotten

and so we choose to live sometimes

like everything
we are contradictions
we are still warm
when the heat
leaves the summer
when breath ceases
and only words remain




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