En Passant


“So I sit on the edge, wagging my feet above the abyss.”

– Jim Harrison

“Reading like writing, hangs over an abyss.”

– Mary Kinzie


I noted you as I passed
on my way, wondering
if you somehow found
a way to avoid being
swept away.  You, lost
in the view – hanging
high over perdition
or kingdom come –
God knows.

And I was so certain
the way to avoid it all
was to keep moving.


* * *


Ah, it is Day 8 of Jilly’s “28 Days of Unreason” challenge, and there haven’t been any casualties.  Jim Harrison’s prompts encourage bad behavior — tell us to be unreasonable poets.  Yeah, why not?!?

18 thoughts on “En Passant

  1. As always, your words carry the reader to peer closely at the picture you paint. I’m intrigued…I want to ask : who, what, why, what next?…..but I’ll hold my tongue and keep peering…the answers must be in there somewhere. Beautiful.


  2. Most excellent!!! “hanging / high over perdition / or kingdom come” is terrific. The whole thing paced just right. Tight, And the final stanza still slightly uncertain opens us to the question.


    • Thank you! I decided I can’t resolve what I don’t know… and perhaps shouldn’t be resolved. (I know! If I’m not careful, someone will mistake me for a philosopher or something.)

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    • I’m so glad! It just sort of followed on the heels of Thursday’s poem, what with so many wondering about the one dangling her/his feet over the abyss. Thank you for reading!


  3. I really like this one–so much said in a few words. Though I need to ponder it. It’s a poem that begs for re-reading, and that perhaps leads to more questions than answers.


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