Ephemeral Life

– i –

Little shadows
dancing on asphalt screen.
Wings fluttering unseen,

owning the air,
as we are bound to ground.
Tiny weightless bodies,

heaving high and low,
flitting up and down,
gently brushing by,

circling, grazing
disturbed skin, stunned
by foreign touch.

– ii –

A thousand little feet
moving all at once, crawl
in synchronised effort.

Stretching and retracting
– paced strength, proportional
to micro sized flesh.

Petite scavengers feed
on wooden dust,
damp and decayed.

– iii –

Airborne organic matter
swallowed by giant
running mouth.

Teeny ramping beast
burst and spread
Run over by truck.

– iv –

Sun kissed corpse
leaves dried stain
on the ground,

washed away
by flowing water
descending

from the sky
in the fortnight.
Leaving no trace

behind.

– v –

Organic life resorbed,
absorbed back to Earth –
mother core running

an eternal cycle.

© Hailie


Featured image: Lace tree shadow cast on asphalt road, captured on August 22nd 2017, in Chabestan, France. (iPhone 5s, HDR settings)


The creature hidden in the verse ❤

Screen Shot 2017-08-24 at 09.49.14

Image reassembled from screen captures of the text on my iPhone.

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57 Comments Add yours

  1. Awesome post my friend. I just loved it !! 👍😊

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    1. Thank you very much for your warm enthusiasm 🙂 Your heartfelt appreciation gave me a morning boost! Have a beautiful day!

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      1. You are welcome 😊. Your blog is really awesome and inspiring. You have a great gift within you.Please continue blogging and inspire people around you 😊. And if you can please do visit my blog and let me know about it. It would be really helpful 😊. This is the link to my blog

        http:// authorabhijith.com

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        1. Thank you 🙂 I will have a look at what you do too.

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          1. Thanks so much my dear friend !! 😊

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  2. SauceBox says:

    Very creative and well written. Great stuff! Great stuff! Very insightful. You’ve got my follow. Check out my comedy blog and give it a follow if you like it!

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    1. Thank you 🙂 I am delighted you appreciated my words. I will definitely check it out your work as well 🙂 Have a beautiful day!

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      1. SauceBox says:

        Of course! You have an awesome day as well!

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        1. Thank you 🙂 Starting with comments like yours it sure is a good omen.

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    1. Thank you so much ❤ It means a lot coming from such a talented poet like you.

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      1. Aw, you are a kind soul.

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        1. You deserve it 😉 Thank you again for stopping by and reading ❤ Have a fantastic day, Valiant Soul ❤

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          1. I have been browsing through your blog and whenever I do that, it leaves me enchanted always.:)

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          2. Your sweet words are warming my heart and causing my lips to smile from ear to ear ❤ thank you so much!

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          3. You poems are real delight to read, H!
            Much love.❤

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          4. Much love back ❤ Have an amazing creative day, my dear talented friend!

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          5. Back at you love.❤

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          6. ❤ Receiving the love with an open heart! You have made my day!

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  3. ivors20 says:

    I love your words playing with nature, intertwining the little fluttering wings and the multitude of tiny feet, really exquisite, and a neat finale, with the cycle of life. Nicely done

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    1. Aw! Thank you, Ivor ❤ Your comment brings light to my words and warmth to my heart! I am ecstatic you enjoyed the read! Much love from France to Australia ❤

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      1. ivors20 says:

        I’m still cold down here, what about a bit of warmth as well xx

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        1. The next picture I share shall feature bright sunlight then 🙂 meanwhile you get the warmth of my smile shining wide at your lovely words!

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          1. ivors20 says:

            That’s so warm hearted of you, thanks Sunshine !!

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    1. Thank you, Kae 🙂 I am glad you liked it 🙂

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      1. Kae Bucher says:

        :).. ur writing is astounding:)

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        1. Aw 😍 thank you, Kae 💕 I feel so lucky to receive such warm feedback! Many hugs to you!

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  4. They’re 5 lovely poems standalone. Even better when you put them together 🙂. I’m left with an uncontrollable desire to sing “Circle of Life” now 😆.
    Those little creatures live such a short life. It makes me feel lucky to have all the time I do, even if it still doesn’t feel long enough. In fact, now I’m back to experiencing the same feelings your last poem left me with, that need to do something more with my life. I should look to your Diary whenever I need some motivation from now on 😄.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful writing 🙂.

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    1. Thank you, Dreamwalker! I am delighted I got you to sing!! I wish I could turn into a little fly and listen to you 😉 Haha and for to feel inspired and motivated by my words… this is the best compliment you could pay me! Please do come by, whenever! My words welcome you and tell you they are happy to share their power with too whenever you please 🙂 thanks again for the lovely feedback! It warms my heart!

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      1. And that warms my heart 🙂.
        Haha, hopefully someday you won’t need to be a fly for that. Hopefully I’ll, grown some wings,

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        1. Come out of my shell and become a slightly off key butterfly someday 😆

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          1. Don’t be too hard on yourself! Most people can sing! If your can hear your voice being off key then you can work on it. Problems arise when you can’t hear it 😉

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        2. I am sure you will 🙂 keep at it and you will!

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  5. andy townend says:

    A beautiful post and I love your use of space.

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    1. Thank you! I am so happy you do 🙂 I feel a little bit of movement in a poem adds to the words. I am delighted you agree!

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      1. andy townend says:

        It makes all the difference!

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        1. I will keep on arranging words in space as I see fit to complement my lines 🙂 Thank you for your lovely feedback! It is much appreciated 🙂

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          1. andy townend says:

            You are welcome, and thank you.

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  6. This is beautiful! I love how you maximize space in your posts. This is so original and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

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    1. Thank you, Lexie 🙂 I try to shape my poems harmoniously to complement the meaning of my lines. If you rotate the text to the left, you can see a wormlike insect crawl 🙂

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      1. Wow, I really love how much thought you put into your work!

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        1. Thank you, Lexie :). I just love doing it, and I like to give it as much work as I can.

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  7. Diana says:

    I’m late to the party of admirers, but … goodness, isn’t this something! These vignettes are gorgeous pearls of observation. Your in depth perusal of the microverse draws attention to your acute awareness of the world around you. And you draw the reader in to sit by your side and observe quietly. You even make decay sound less abhorrent than I had ever considered – that it belongs.
    I continue to be breathless at how you feel and see this world. You are one of a kind 🙂

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    1. Hey D! Thank you so much for this detailed appreciation. When I read your comment I felt like a major author who had gotten a positive review shared in a poetry journal. ❤ Decay is part of life. It doesn't always stink. Decaying wood is just dust. Thank you again for your warm words, they are lighting a soft fire in my heart. ❤

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      1. Diana says:

        If it’s just a soft fire I may have to try harder 😉 Hope you are having a day of delights … ❤️

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        1. Soft fires are the best 🙂 they are not agressive and don’t burn you out. They keep you nice and warm 🙂

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          1. Diana says:

            Of course you are completely right! And the embers can continue to smoulder until the early dawn light. 😌 Energy is not so easily extinguished.

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          2. Exactly 🙂 you know it too 😉

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          3. Diana says:

            Wildly applauding at our mutual brilliance 🤗

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  8. Little shadows dancing on… loved these lines

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    1. Thank you, Swapnil 🙂 I am delighted you did. Thank you for reading and stopping by, that’s sweet 🙂

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