Seeds and Stumps

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Contributor: Richard Schnap

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The days fade away
Like remote stars
Lost in diminishing orbits

Whose brilliance decays
As if they were light bulbs
Born to burn out without warning

I see it in the eyes
Of children who believe
They will live forever

Who in too brief a time
Become bent and bitter
As their candles battle the wind

And as scholars debate
Whether the story of the world
Will end in victory or defeat

Flowers wither and fall
From too little rain
Or maybe from too much

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Richard Schnap is a poet, songwriter and collagist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His poems have most recently appeared locally, nationally and overseas in a variety of print and online publications.


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