A Moment Away

A Moment Away …

moment away
Vector silhouette of a young adult reading under a tree

Foliage undisturbed, in sunlight beams

Whispers travel in groups of echoes, clean

Scenes of chestnut boughs and stretched robin wings

Harmony ebbs and flows in emerald swings

On high he looks past hues and zephyrs of jade

through the skies he peers into heaven’s promenade

the stars mis-weighed with crystalline ambition

And sheep cresting to cheese block apparitions


He ponders the world from his paperback

The spine worn from enthrall and doubling back.

Creases mark of splendor betwixt each page

Of firedrakes, inquiry and brilliant sparks of rage

A whimsy of mystical magic and marauders

each page packed with princes and paupers

An auspex of forgotten epochs,

a contradiction crammed in a script box


In real-life tenets of imagination

Words frolic about in grand flirtation.

Each line denotes that feeling of desire

To quench unsatisfied states, ascending much higher

To live that crescendo of a pitch perfect choir

Goosebumps pervade the skin from worn pages prior

In that nestled branch where he lays, wanting more

And as pages flip, each one opens every door.


The sun tired from excursion, comes to rest

twilight charms the eyes closed, and pressed—

His Borsalino hat sags on his tired face

Promoting respite to this sacred space

In the birthplace of imagination, he dreams

Limp and lifeless until the sunlight gleams

And from one dream to another he reads

in this forest of hope he plants another seed.


Within his mind a large rustic watering can

Each page flip sprouts buds of conceivable plans

Each droplet of love from that can inspires

A princess who needs saving, one locked in a spire,

Perhaps a township threatened by some creature

Or, maybe, these pages of words lead to neither,

And sunrises are actually just sunrises,

And sunsets are sunsets that have no surprises


But what if that forest is rife with wolves

And you are the knight defending the woods

How will your story be read, will your spine crease,

And wear from countless pages read by some stranger’s niece

Or will it struggle under some layers of bookshelf dust

Never to crease or question another reader’s trust

Will that reader spend their time amongst your trees

or have the mind to change your world when they please


For more works like A Moment Away by this author see Paul Neglia on The Creative Exiles.

You can also see more great work by Paul Neglia on HubPages, where he goes by his pen name ‘pnknucklez’.

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Paul Neglia

Proud father of 3. Part time writer of poetry and short stories. I want to paint the world in but a few words.

3 thoughts on “A Moment Away

    • June 21, 2023 at 7:41 PM

      I am glad you enjoyed it Phyllis. I enjoyed writing it. Lol.

  • July 4, 2023 at 9:13 AM

    Paul, great imagery and the pictures each line produced seemed vivid as I read. What I thought is especially well done is the incredible rhyme and tightness of verse. Well done! Jamie

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