Hyphen – The space in between

It’s not so much a mark of mere punctuation 
But rather it’s a sign, of life and it’s duration 
As we look upon each chiselled stone 
All standing to attention 
We try to truly look aloof and hide the apprehension 
Of humanity’s mortality
Our final destination 

As we reflect, the Danish Prince 
Ignites a flame that burns 
‘That undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns’

How can you believe in destiny without a destination?
How can you build a building without an estimation?
Purpose is the reason, Intent the Creator’s cause
For no one is an accident please let me give you pause…

But it’s the dash between the dates that makes me write today
And dash as we might and dash as we may 
Each wistful fleeting moment can be stolen from our life an’
What joy is it to be summarised by a simple stone-carved hyphen?!?

The dates each side don’t really matter
For what is space and what is time?!
Without the space that’s in between 
Where lies the reason or the rhyme?

Space is the distance between the matter
If no space then what’s the matter?!

Without my birth I wouldn’t live 
Without my death no riddle
No eulogy no mourning friends 
If no beginning and no end 
Why even have a middle?!

But upon a day four decades past
I breathed fresh air anew
And as my lungs let out a yell
I declared myself alive
And this is why I want to live
And not to just survive!

To make the space between more meaningful
Take time to rest and savour
A life that’s full of life and hope
That’s bursting out with flavour!

Life is but a vapour, now you see it now… You don’t 
Maybe you’ll accept my words, maybe you just won’t
But invest your life into other people
Your words into each other
Sow kindness ‘stead of selfishness
Make every man your brother
Leave a legacy of love that lives on inside your friends
Not a trail of bitterness that thankfully just ends.

The moment that you stepped on stage 
Your inextinguished fire raged
Not cowering behind the curtain
Your words, your lines are there for certain
To raise your eyes towards the skies
And watching your dawning day arise!

The moment that you entered life you came in with a yell
Let generosity and courage ring loud like sounding bell
When time arrives for to depart 
Your looks won’t matter, just your heart

So riding steed into the night 
Don’t ever cease to fight the fight
But sound aloud your victory cry
For when freedom sings, your demons fly!

P J Deakin 2015 ©

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