Life Read Backward

Life Read Backwards

Is all one is read backward?

Pantomime the gesture of a setting sun

while touching the tear from a lover’s eye.

Trek to the top of the hill

to find it was never a place at all,

other than to enjoy

Hebe’s eternally youthful soul.

Laissez faire in the heated summer sun.

Watch leaves turn strange colors

with the coming of fall.

Wear a sweater that covers the winter breeze

and call to a woman, perhaps a wife.

To school before dawn and work until night;

good occasion with friends

between times of fright.

Perhaps a hobby to pass the time; false interest

in promises from politicians who lie.

Think of your own death

and witness a family member’s come too soon.

Learn and realize how unlearned you are still.

Perhaps these are some of the things of life.

Backward read is one all is.

Published by

John Brogan

John Brogan promotes renewable energy products in Northeast Ohio. He is also a new father, recently welcoming his first son, Victor Mackenzie Brogan, into the world. These experiences have encouraged fresh insights as he moonlights writing poetry, his favorite occupation, at his home in Cleveland Heights, OH. John is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, where he earned a BA in cognitive science. John is also the author of the following books: In Reflection of Nature (2015), and St. Augustine and the Piano (2016).