Raven’s 9

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This evening, I was considering the notion of fate. I don’t happen to believe in the concept. But surely, even if you do, even if you imagine your life to be guided by A Higher Authority, you submit and live your life as best you can.

Which is my way of introducing a kind of poem that I wrote. I woke one morning, several months ago, with that random and absurd anxiety that seems trivial later but hits you all-consuming at the time. Rather than stare at the ceiling (my usual solution), I wrote down a few thoughts.

The result is an argument against fate in which two guys battle, neither wins, and a third (through no fault of his own beyond the telling of the event) loses. I call it:

Raven's 9 poem

There we were at the Raven’s 9
I was there with a friend of mine
He held a stick of ore and pine
(my state of health was in decline)

He set a shot to wooden tee
I was there with this friend of me
He swung his stick out to the sea
(I witnessed it; it’s their story)

A mile away, around a bend
Far from me and my mentioned friend
A garden set with Man to tend
(that I was well I won’t pretend)

He swung and let that bullet fly
We watched the shot arc thru the sky
(I saw it faint; I’m hardly spry)
My friend swears no; I swear he lie

What happened next we’ll never know
My friend saw else but I saw so:
A land to till with rake and hoe
(our mem’ries checked by afterglow:)

That Man he caught it in his hand
Far from us in a distant land
He bent and aimed and spun his stand
Returned it like a rubber band

(The Man he kicked a muddy boot
How we saw that is in dispute
I have my friend here to refute)
I meanwhile searched for final root

The puck returned to apogee
“That Man won’t die!” such agony!
And with my friend, now, I agree
(for here I passed; it entered me)

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  • I really enjoyed reading it,

    I really enjoyed reading it, interesting! Thank you for sharing!

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