1981
    Earthlife
    Footnotes
    Theme

    “Earthlife,” Ensign, June 1981, 13

    Earthlife

    Day in

    Day out

    Day inch

    Day ouch.

    Sunrise, Sunset,

    Some rays, sum spent.

    Never steadyeversteady stillness.

    Always clacky syncopation,

    Bumps

    to jog my mind

    and make me grapple for a stand.

    As I face the travel on,

    day out

    will drill some doubt,

    day in

    might dangle sin.

    But opposition makes the zing

    of rebound

    real.

    I sometimes hurtle breathless back

    spent from bitter earthlife tick

    to better understand a tock.

    And so I feel a swelling zeal

    as day-in drone and day-out pound

    day by day begins to sound

    more like a lovely overture:

    Music only just begun.

    My own eternal symphony.

    Photography by Eldon Linschoten