Life Sentence

by Diana Neutze
(New Zealand)

Sparrows photo courtesy of Dave_S (Flickr)

Sparrows photo courtesy of Dave_S (Flickr)


Like the dog chained
to the chariot wheel
I have no choice.
It makes no difference
whether I am dragged
claws screaming and scraping,
or whether I trot docilely;
I travel the same distance.
The trick is to consent,
to act as if I have chosen
this particular journey.

Therein lies the transformation
of my inner landscape.
Falling precipitous cliffs
Become smiling meadows;
claustrophobic sycamores
no longer invade my space
but shelter, gently,
a skirmish of sparrows.


Copyright by Diana Neutze







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