The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity - Yeats
Days count down towards the end,
each one with less light
than the one before it.
The vision of hope’s flame
illuminating night and day
seems a distant memory,
perhaps never more than dream,
belief displayed on imagination’s screen
transformed by necessity of compromise,
disillusionment of dreamers,
idealists, hopeless romantics
too quick to feel betrayed.
The question is how to survive
in a world that drains light away.
Recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Pushcart Prize Anthology, Scott Owens is the author of 8 collections of poetry and over 900 published poems in journals including Georgia Review, North American Review, Chattahoochee Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Poetry East among others. He is the founder of Poetry Hickory, editor of Wild Goose Poetry Review and 234, and vice president of the Poetry Council of NC. He teaches at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC. www.scottowenspoet.com
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