Strangers to Life’s Inevitable Suddenness

You forget the golden sunrise, letting
the shifting sands of time, slip
through your fingers, like
life falls off the bones
of subtle lonely strangers

Knowing nothing of the waiting
shadows linger deep
just out of reach of tomorrow, where
hearts ready in quiet desperation
haunt us, then let us go

And then, just before surrender
to what beckons
you rewind, and
in your own unique suddenness
the inevitable happens

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About Don Iannone

Don Iannone is a poet, writer, teacher and photographer who lives in the Greater Cleveland area. He has worked in the economic development field for over 35 years. Don is the author of three poetry books and five photography books. He is working on a short book of photographs and poems about human trafficking. This work was exhibited at six venues in Ohio. Don holds an M.A. degree in Art and Consciousness Studies from the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles, where he teaches writing. His educational background also includes studies in Anthropology, Photography, Organizational Behavior, and Economic Development. Don’s website: Wisdom Work Press:

9 thoughts on “Strangers to Life’s Inevitable Suddenness

  1. so quiet and so powerful
    the dylan thomas has been a favourite for years
    i hope that the pairing does not imply a tragedy in your life
    if so you have my sympathy
    thanks don

  2. Floots: Thanks. Yes, one of my Dylan Thomas’ favorites as well. No tragedy here, except the Cleveland Indians lost in the American Leagure Championship.

  3. Nicely haunting.

    And agreed with Floots about the Dylan Thomas poem. When I was quite small and it was an older brother’s turn to put me to bed, he would read Dylan Thomas to me.

  4. beautiful as always. I was pulling for the Indians, too, even though I’m a National League Cardinal fan. 🙂
    (By the way, the book will be sent tomorrow – sorry it’s been so long.)

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