Thursday, March 29, 2012

Robert Chute offers us a glimpse into his life

A Poet on the Verge of Science: The Tie That Binds Us Stretches Thin But Is Holdin...: Diminishment Death was not supposed to be like this. A stroke or seizure, a fall into unconsciousness. A bed-bound patient, compassionate ...

Robert Chute is a wise man.  (He would never say that--much too humble.) He is traveling a road that many have passed and many more of us will travel yet. Through it all he continues to write his third novel and poetry.  Here is one.


Diminishment

Death was not supposed to be like this.
A stroke or seizure, a fall into unconsciousness.
A bed-bound patient, compassionate shadows hovering.
These alternatives we could, almost, accept.

But not this unadorned, undignified diminishment.
One day you're an unmanned sloop cast adrift.
The mist thickening, the fading figure on the shore
so familiar it might once have been you.

Life should not have been like this. Diminishing
if not afloat, afoot, as you walk without sound
down an endless corridor of doors, all open,
all identical as perspective disappears.

At least that's how it appears to us whose
footsteps still resound, who can yet turn around.
We hope you're unaware you cannot turn now.

------Robert M. Chute


I'm hoping that you might read it and share it with others.

Robert M. Chute's recent work is published by Just Write Books.

No comments: