The curtains drag together over the emotive sandpaper of a late afternoon sun as light peaks into a lasting momentary farewell to all. Those all to precious artifacts lay about the front room lounge. All these little faces and glassy things silently recall a memory of not too long past when others inhabited this home. When they spoke in a far more intimate language of yesterday they had more life to them than they ever could know now. I have seen them come into being as the years rolled by. Populating curio cabinets and other honored places around the room. Keepsakes and mementos of so many times spent by another set of lives signifying life’s experiences but now simply deathly reminiscences. By now in this prolonged silence of an inevitable now they stare out sightless and coldly aloof. Bereft of the companionship of those other two that picked them out from all the other ones and gave them life as something special and particularly meaningful. Yet now they only blend in to the modicum of failing brass. Illumination twixt bands of empty cloud shine and hard edged blinds. In a close partition far above the ground looking out over the candy color lights upon a grid that extends far into the horizon. Another insipid obsession fastened into the faux agency of its own trivial existence. Existential as alone in time to err within. Flagrante delecto to the social necessities of the yearning proletariat. A broken beacon that long ago shone from afar where the last of this family had ceased to be. Left in the murder pit of self. With boundless necessity thus overwrought to find space in the discovery of a penitent self obsessed supplicant amidst the ruins of deeply ingrained servitude that composes naught but endless habit. What a sad commentary to the nightly derma displaced upon the dearth of shadows passing twixt figures wandering aimlessly and unseen upon the the city streets? How pathetic this epiphany of a ‘normal’ leaving all within the dilemma of themselves by themselves and only for themselves to fend ever alone.
The Failed Beacon