"Men and Animals Struggle Against Death and Father Time" by David Vinckboons‘Riddling Away’ and Other Poetry by Nicholas Froumis The Society April 23, 2017 Beauty, Culture, Poetry, Riddles 2 Comments Riddling Away What slips and squanders, and has no matter? Leaves one to ponder, and rarely flatters? Is never enough to go all around, and often too rough when finally found? And where will it go long after I’m dust? Another will know and hopefully trust. Announce its calling with melodic chime. This ever-sprawling, mystery called time. Tree of Neurons Seasons pass and memories fall away, casualties of wind’s torment through the day. The tree of neurons begs for fertile soil amidst the drought of life’s constant turmoil. Fallen leaves betray the former glory, as details go missing from each story. If only we could gather all the piles and savor tightly visions of past smiles. But time prunes on with wicked precision, happy moments lost with each incision. And when tall oak has gone completely bare, what will remain behind the vacant stare? Desolation lurking under the shade, until from fragile seed life is remade. Nicholas Froumis practices optometry in the Bay Area. His writing has appeared in Gravel, Right Hand Pointing, Dime Show Review, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing,Torrid Literature Journal, WestWard Quarterly, Ground Fresh Thursday, Blood and Thunder, Balloons Lit Journal, and The Society of Classical Poets Journal. Recently, he was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He lives in San Jose, CA with his wife, novelist Stacy Froumis, and their daughter. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 2 Responses Michelle T Simon April 25, 2017 Loved the riddle. The poem, too, was well-written and thoughtful. Thanks for sharing. Reply Wendy Bourke April 28, 2017 These are wonderfully word-smithed, I especially enjoyed the riddle … the build to that final line is masterful. Awesome writing! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.