The Last Poem

It is no longer for me to say for you.
You will need to fill in the blanks yourself,
to answer the remaining questions,
to find your missing peace
and decide which dream is worth
the living and dying for.

It remains but for you
to walk alone on that beach
with nothing but your thoughts.
It is up to you to decide
if touch is the best art of all
and if an old Inner Child still lives.

It is not in this poem then
that someone will smile fondly at you
and find all you say so interesting.
It is no longer the job of this poet
to free you, to whisper your name,
or tell you where all the treasure’s hid.

No, it is you alone
who will write the last poem, love,
your very own, and tell us all here
who it is that you really are.

(“Be yourself, everybody else is taken.”
-Oscar Wilde)

Poem from Richard Davies’ The Rest of It (2016).


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