Driving over the rural countryside
The view is normal but also awesome.
Things you would expect on the roadside are there.
But some things seem too gruesome.
Becoming clear is that beauty cannot be
Appreciated unless some ugliness we see.
Just as there can be no gain,
Without a little pain; to use a cliché.
The beauty of the countryside cannot be
Appreciated until the ugliness is seen
As the way life goes.
Death of foxes and does
Must come first for vultures on the wing.
We must have death before
Resurrection; we must see the sad thing
To measure the height and the experiences of joy
That way life is treasured even more.
Painting: “Norman Countryside, acrylic on canvas board,” 12×18. William Frank Bellais
Copyright © 2012 William Frank. Bellais
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From: 180th Meridian and Other Poems and Reflections, Create Space, 2012.