children of the eons

Children Of The Eons

The following poem addresses the human condition as something we seek to make meaning of: we all seek to tell our story, find a way to mark our existence, and transcend time past the limits of our lifetimes. It engages the often futile feelings we have, our blindness to our existence, and our angst generated by feelings of erasure. The poet believes that the drive to tell our story, to be remembered for that which has shaped us, and to mark our existence, transcends the biological need to procreate, superseding it.

What is there new to say
About anything that we endure
Children of the eons
Desert wandering
Looking for meaning
Along ocean’s bottom
We crawl for illumination
We muddle the sand in the hourglass
Into shapes that can bear
Holding our bits of passing
In minds whose fingers have lost the sand
It has all been done before
Said as many ways as the elephant
Can be described, by ocean’s
Bottom feeders
Blind from birth
If only I could feel a new shape
Mould my bit of passing
Solidify a f(ra)(i)gment
Erect a stela
That marks an existence muddled
Lasts past my bottom feeding
Remembers a shape I once bore
Whose tides dragged
Into light I could not see
And so lost the shape
I thought I saw
But every stela must eventually fall
Recede limp into the hourglass
Its sand having fallen, barren
Children of the eons
Wandering over graves
Muddled from the sands of hourglasses
Whose contents
No longer corporeal bound
Form a forgotten sediment
An ocean’s bottom
Where bottom feeders, blind
Muddle bits of passing
Into shapes that can bear

Jaxon Ke’anoi Bonsack has been working in the creative field for nearly 25 years. His background is in design, with a focus on multidisciplinary studies. Deeply passionate about language, his writing grew out of an interest in the narratives we all live by and aspire to, and how words have rich complex meanings that can shift perspectives. Poetry, and creative fiction and nonfiction are his primary genres. His research interests focus on placemaking and identity as they intersect with narrative and public heritage. Jaxon also works in digital photography, creating layered, abstract works from found imagery in the urban environment.

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