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Eichhorn photographed by Jesus Crisis at Cleveland’s Brandt Gallery on 12 July 2008


Basil
by Danilee Eichhorn


So wise men laugh…and foolish men, they cry
To see that all beginning has an end,
That if you let it flower, it will die.

Though we may never know the reasons why,
What’s broken well our hands can never mend.
So wise men laugh…and foolish men, they cry.

Thus all that sings must utter one last sigh
And all that thrives must one last message send:
That if you let it flower, it will die.

I tell you, friends, eternity’s a lie.
No tides will deign to wait nor fortunes pend.
So wise men laugh…and foolish men, they cry.

So Charon must his waters ever ply
And ‘tween the oar strokes’ ripples, stories wend:
That if you let it flower, it will die.

But I’ll remind you, Icarus did fly
And life’s well worth the fate it must portend,
So wise men laugh…and foolish men, they cry
That if you let it flower, it will die.




[poem (c) 2008 by Danilee Eichhorn, used with her permission]