Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2011

Life is (pause) beautiful

by Adriano Antonio Macedo Basto de Carvalho

Under a sea of stars,
in aching memory,
of lost ones and loved ones,
I am forced to remember,
that all things must come to an end.

A ripple never moves alone.
A feeling begets a feeling,
that in turn begets another one:
it’s the perpetual motion
of our uncontrollable existence.

As I painfully
gain possession of my senses,
I briefly see the meaning in things,
just to swiftly fall back
into safe futility.
From meaning back to emptiness,
it is in effect barely a single step.

Still, with all of its sorrows,
delusions, and broken dreams,
life is a wonder.
I hold my head up high,
beneath my sea of stars:
I am strong and I am happy.
Life is (pause) beautiful.

Added: 29.04.2011

Judges' comments on this poem

13.05.2011

Liked image 'sea of stars.'Felt images of ripples & steps for emotions were a bit unoriginal.Do you need 'pause'could you show it with line?

18.05.2011

a fragile poignancy endeared this poem to me

23.05.2011

i really love your words great meaning to relate xxx

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