Poetry by Farah Lawal Harris

The Frailty


when did life get so fragile?

i’ve walked holding this package
haphazardly,
forgetting its delicate contents
and shaking it up
whenever the mood hit me,
carrying it upside down
and placing it down
in areas i don’t even inspect
because part of me expects
that no matter what the climate or environment,
my life is a contractual agreement
not to be voided until i say so.

when did life get so fragile?

areas of my social web
crafted so beautifully and symmetrically
suddenly
have holes.
people i have walked with, laughed with,
and with whom i have accomplished feats
fall through
and i’m sitting here looking at my feet
wondering when the thin material under me
will break
and why it hasn’t done so already
cuz when i look at my mistakes
i see that nothing separates
me from the fallen.

but until that moment when i’ve fallen,
i’ll keep crawling
around the shaky and slippery surface,
praying to God that i won’t be too nervous
or scared to enjoy the journey.
i turn around to look at fellow travelers,
those who started with me
only to discover that some have disappeared
while others dodge the gaps in the road,
breathing in fear
and hoping that with the next rising of the sun,
they’ll still be here.
we all stop to shed tears
for those who only exist now
in memories of smiles,
and ask the question

when did life get so fragile?

(RIP Jennifer)

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2 responses

  1. Excellent poem – what a wonderful tribute.

    August 30, 2008 at 1:22 am

  2. 1sojournal

    Especially like the idea of life being carried around as casually as a woman’s handbag. Set down in unexplored places, knocked around, turned upside down, spilling its contents, and having to go back and try to retrieve them, always afraid you missed something. Excellant analogy and my condolences for your loss.

    Elizabeth

    August 30, 2008 at 9:45 am

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