Poetry by Farah Lawal Harris

Unsettled (for Jarronn)


there is something unsettling
about young life lost in its prime
like all sugar sinking to bottom of lemonade glass
or shredded gritty leaves escaping tea bags,
sneaking on tongue;
like a bitter horse pill too hard to swallow on first attempt,
resulting in lingering taste
water won’t wash away.

looking at an older face of the dead,
although deeply sad,
still sometimes provides the comfort of knowing
that they at least had the chance to live a full life:
to experience highs and lows,
to birth children and watch them grow,
to fail and still have years to bounce back,
have a chance to fail again,
suffer consequence, repent
and change for better.

but looking at a picture of a young face–
an image captured shortly before spirit slipped away
is like having a dream of losing all one’ s teeth
and waking up to discover
that they’re actually cracked and gone;
a reminder that one day we’ll all be gone,
that no one’s time on this earth is too long
and that for many,
it’s too short,
lost at an age
too young.

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3 responses

  1. gosh, this is beautiful!

    “like all sugar sinking to bottom of lemonade glass”

    that line struck me somehow. in its simple metaphor, i see it all take place. love it xx

    January 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm

  2. Farah I need you. Elizabeth recommended I contact you. Please get in touch: annell@taosnet.com

    February 10, 2011 at 1:03 pm

  3. Beautiful write!

    February 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm

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