The Ancient Modern

Based On A True Story /  Joshua Alan Sturgill     

The Storyteller speaks for Himself.
The true story can’t be told second hand;
it must be lived;
it must be breathed.

But long is the telling.  Sea and sky listen
as Earth (the cosmos’ graveyard) travels haltingly,
carrying — oh! — how many children

in her mouth like the mother crocodile,
in her gut like the father seahorse.

True, not written.
True, not hypothesized.
True, not apprehended.

Life begins in death and ends in truth.
Beyond death, the true and the living are one.
The Storyteller can speak
only of Himself    

All poetry and supplementary material: copyright 2023 by Joshua Alan Sturgill. All rights reserved.

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