That Thing No One Will Tell You and Musical Chairs

That Thing No One Will Tell You
[For Daniel Evan Lawrence]

Like the silence of a noontime shadow
We all have that thing
No one will tell you

Not your best friend
Not your spouse
Certainly not your absented children

There are variations on the theme
According to season
According to time of day

The unheard music
At 20 is somewhat different
Than the secret at 40

And in darkening life
People can’t be bothered
But they don’t forget

Like the silence of a noontime shadow
We all have that thing
No one will tell you

From Everything Becomes a Poem   © James W. Gaynor

Musical Chairs
The crystal-ball custom known as
Musical Chairs
Foretells future success via a
Diminishing arrangement of furniture

The game mirrors
Life (with a Capital L)
Where strategy intersects with
Orchestrated luck
The winner here is not the last
Child left standing
But the only one sitting when the
Melody ends
Surrounded by chair-less ex-friends
Who find comfort
In cake and now want to blow out
A few candles

And so it continues measuring years
Danced in circles
Musical Chairs in
Life (with a Capital L)

From Everything Becomes a Poem   © James W. Gaynor available December 2016

james-gaynor-book-jacket-author-photo-by-justin

JAMES W. GAYNOR, poet, artist, editor, and writer, lived for several years in Paris, where he taught a course on Emily Dickinson at the University of Paris, studied the development of the psychological novel in 17th century France, and worked as a translator. After returning to New York, he worked at Grosset & Dunlap, Cuisine, Scriptwriter News and Forbes Publications, where he was on the editorial staff of the Social Register. His articles, book reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Observer, and he recently retired as the Global Verbal Identity Leader for Ernst & Young LLP. His found-object sculpture has been exhibited internationally, and two pieces were featured in a recent book, Art Without Waste: 500 Upcycled & Earth-Friendly Designs. Most recently, his work was exhibited with the Brooklyn Artists Waterfront Coalition.  Follow James on Twitter

Author photo by Justin Wilson.

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