Poet's Corner: Feela For The New Year!

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come,” Joseph Campbell.

And now it’s time for one of our favorite writer-poets, regular contributor to Telluride Inside… and Out, David Feela , to weigh in using the veil of metaphor to remind us of a simple truth: Tempus fugit. So like it or not “we are programed to keep putting one foot in front of the other. That’s what feet are for.” (Great Gatsby)

David Feela


A paper portal hangs on my wall
and there, most days, I consider the future.
Of all that might happen
I ponder the predictable:
Dentist on Tuesday,
Denver on the 29th.
In other places, on other calendars,
my arrival can be expected.
Those who want to see into their futures
may also notice mine.
We are travelers in time, sharing capsules
that from most perspectives
appear exactly the same.
And in truth, they are.
No different than the boxes
where we live, our numbers
scratched in a corner,
the names and the places
where we will have to be
already on the next page,
looking forward to seeing us again.

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