Learn More

Lonnie Hicks

Rookie - 105 Points (www.lonniehicks.com / Chicago Ill)

Answer Me That

just so,
just beyond
the shadow.

I saw it-
a single sprite-

Running quickly
I can just glimpse
it rounding
the enclosement
to break out
and be gone
to Futurement
from me here Now-

gone away
from my pursuit
Me to Me
and my meager light
in this Now..

Always the chase
always the escape
always the Sprite
hauls away to the Future
never being captured
in this,
the Now.

How my nourishment-
my Future be
if I am starved of it
in my current Now?

How born
is Dread
in this Now
because of this?

I cannot be
or become the Future Tense
if I have no Now.

Also, I can have no Future
if I had not been born.

My past then
is essential
to both my Future and
my Now-
all these
seem to be in the Mix.

Somebody tell me this:
If I am
or feel like nobody Now
how can there be a Future me?

Answer me that.

If I am severed from my past
how can there be my Now
or my Future state?

More pointedly
it becomes clear,
at least to me,
I have to borrow from my Future
to sooth my Now's despair
and to placate
my Past
which harbors sorrows there.
And if I can borrow from my future
then it must too be there.
So said Einstein.


I have answered me that.

Submitted: Friday, December 12, 2008
Edited: Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Answer Me That by Lonnie Hicks )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. A Child's Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas
  3. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  4. The Saddest Poem, Pablo Neruda
  5. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  6. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  7. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  8. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  9. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  10. Daffodils, William Wordsworth

Poem of the Day

poet James Whitcomb Riley

There! little girl; don't cry!
They have broken your doll, I know;
And your tea-set blue,
And your play-house, too,
Are things of the long ago;
...... Read complete »


New Poems

  1. Gnarled Syllogism, Paul Hartal
  2. God Bless You, Michael P. McParland
  3. Further, Michael P. McParland
  4. Fulfillment, Michael P. McParland
  5. Frustration, Michael P. McParland
  6. Psycho Babble Scribble Squabble And Scra.., Blu 1 Blu 1 (Rio de Janeiro)
  7. Free, Michael P. McParland
  8. Forgotten, Michael P. McParland
  9. Forgive Me?, Michael P. McParland
  10. The Hermit, David Lessard
[Hata Bildir]