Beautiful Things

Updated on July 18, 2017


A prose poem that I choose to write in this format. It's from several years ago. I had a little fun writing in this style. I hope you like it.

Let's begin with the I the proverbial I, the first person who may or may not be me and who may or may not be you but the I that we all know and are familiar with. And we'll take a scene which could be the scene from a novel or a book or a painting even or a dream in someone's head at night which doesn't necessarily have a landscape or light or a sense of beginning or end, just the here which is before you and the now which is in the present.

trying to acquire the beautiful things is always difficult, constantly futile but the effort like the stone which Sisyphus pushed up that hill until it rolled down again is one that you know. And the beautiful things themselves are always ambiguous and only beautiful when they are distant and on their own. The garden that lies before you absent of butterflies, the music which you are wanting to hear and then once you have listened to has disappeared, the lover which fades as the dawn light appears outside your window, the curtains muffling the sound of the morning birds.

You must know the right language to use and that once you speak about the finishing it is over like the end of a sentence which you put a period after or some other form of punctuation provided the grammar dictates that you must implement some sort of question mark, exclamation, colon or period. And then it is right there but not here behind you like the constant here which is before you but then slips past you the way the rocks which will one day become meteors when they penetrate the atmosphere slip by through the abyss.

And now let us imagine a young child and his father in the middle of someplace that could be anywhere on a map. And the time is evening, or night or perhaps early dawn when the sun is slumbering on the other side of the planet where there are other children and fathers and mothers enjoying the bright sky. But now go back to the child and his father and the dark sky above them looking up at the stars. The child is the I and the father is the I and somehow they could both be you or someone you know. A finger points upward at the brief light that slips into the darkness and shines brighter for a moment. A light that was once a tiny stone drifting in the cavern of space and brightens for a moment the grass around them.

But no, never mind the children, the parents, the wanderers or the astronauts in the spacecraft. Never mind the birds singing outside the window or the grass beneath the feet - your feet - as you brace the air, crisp as a breeze off the Chicago waters. Forget the circle of air around you and the earth and the vacuum above the atmosphere and the circle of the sun and the astronauts and birds both breathing their circle of air and the hand of the father hanging onto the child as he reaches out for the brilliant pebbles in the night sky.

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      • wpcooper profile imageAUTHOR

        Liam Finnegan 

        9 months ago from Los Angeles

        appreciate your kind words...thanks again

      • Deborah Demander profile image

        Deborah Demander 

        9 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

        Beautiful prose.

        Thank you.


      • wpcooper profile imageAUTHOR

        Liam Finnegan 

        16 months ago from Los Angeles

        thank you jasper

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        Demas W Jasper 

        16 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

        Half the fun is in the effort. The other half is in knowing it has been read and appreciated.

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        19 months ago

        Delicate with bursts of beauty. Love the images too. Thankyou.

      • wpcooper profile imageAUTHOR

        Liam Finnegan 

        19 months ago from Los Angeles

        thank you for the kind words. I am glad you enjoyed it.

      • whonunuwho profile image


        19 months ago from United States

        The wanderer found his way after all in this lovely work expressing this world of beauty. Well done my friend. whonu


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