The Afterglow of Life

The Afterglow of Life
The Afterglow of Life

Smooth transitions and in wake, the new,
cycles manifest in glorious view,
so profoundly simple yet miraculous attuned,
within every breath of life.

Black and gold in repetitive movements,
spinning earth in times manifold state,
precisely in place ever turning,
ever offering new days to sate.

And in wonder we stand aghast,
into infinity’s eye we hold our breath,
as if to still time, to look behind that veil,
that proffers truth before we exhale.

Lost in the proficiency of time,
so malevolent yet kind,
as it forestalls reality unwanted yet set,
as mirrors reflect and in stark display, remind.

Lost in stars I ponder what I’ve done,
accomplished, betrayed, and in heartfelt sorrow,
I know I have could have done better,
been kinder to myself, in my tomorrows.

Yet amid eternity an argument moot,
an aloof proposition to even believe it matters,
lives in tatters, bleating,
begging forgiveness before the truth.

Still, the heart swells in witness to these stars,
so compelling in their momentary lies,
their beautiful surprise of being,
rise and fall not compromised but seeing life for what it is.

And in their cold steely persistence,
their seemingly forever existence,
I feel so fleeting, so small,
surrounded by intentions so tall and boundless.

I can only be, accept this reverie,
life and death an endless play,
born to decay yet meaning profound,
in all I do and say, here in my world.

So beneath the stars I sleep,
dream of all to come and challenge me,
as days come and go,
blessed in the afterglow of life.

Tony DeLorger © 2018

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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for, Google+, videos on YouTube and book sales on website, Amazon and

2 thoughts on “The Afterglow of Life

  • April 23, 2018 at 10:06 PM

    Lovely verse with deep thoughts, Tony. The stars have much to reveal to us when we really tune in to them. Well done dear poet.

    Stanza 1 should be profoundly simple
    Stanza 4, line 3

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