Life Stages In Senryu
Author: Mark Spencer



Darkness is replaced
by the painful sting of light,
as air fills the lungs.


All understanding
is obscured by the unease
of our helplessness.


Life is a playground
and everyone is the same,
viewed through a child’s eyes.


Playgrounds are replaced
by reality’s classroom,
and learning begins.


False understanding
leads to a desperate appeal;
rebellion is born.

Young Adult:

We take up the search
to find our place in the world;
a quest for meaning.


Life’s realities
replace the dreams of our youth,
our course has been laid.

Middle Age:

Understanding comes,
realization sets in,
decisions are made.

Old Age:

Fond reminiscing
of romantic memories,
lost somewhere in time.


Confusion sets in,
concentration is labored;
helplessness returns.


Light begins to fade,
we feel our body succumb,
as air leaves the lungs.


Comments on this poem/writing:

luca blood ( -- Friday, October 21 2005, 08:12 pm

light begins to fade, not sure there

excellent, gets you thinking, certainly does, but whats after life in haiku.
Mark Spencer ( -- Friday, October 21 2005, 10:34 pm

That really is the question isn't it Luca

That really is the question isn't it Luca? An answer I've written many times in poems like The Library, Final Judgment and Angels On The Battlefield. Ultimately, what happens when you die depends entirely on you.
luca blood ( -- Tuesday, October 25 2005, 04:49 pm


im with that statement, you should read my poems, theyre a bit different, you may find them confusing, but they certainly work, some are symbolism, some are sacred, some are simple, yeah, i like you poems though
Ashley ( -- Wednesday, November 15 2006, 02:31 am


Can I use your poem it's an emergency
Mark Spencer ( -- Thursday, November 16 2006, 04:48 pm


you may use it Ashley. God bless.
nes ( -- Sunday, August 2 2009, 03:50 pm

may i?

may i ask your permission? i will use your poem in my literature project.
Mark Spencer ( -- Monday, August 3 2009, 05:04 am

No Problem Nes

You may use this piece in your project if you want, nes. God bless.

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