Sonnets: “The Pages of My Life”

The Pages of My Life

I read the pages of my life so clear,

Its images dismissed as pains of youth,

And yet, though far, I see them all so near,

Relive the fear, hope, warmth‑‑glimmers of truth.

Vague shadows visit me and leave behind,

Uneasy feelings draped in tenderness,

I see too well, yet wish that I were blind,

And fear above all else my truthfulness.

If only I believed that I could find,

One path in life to follow faithfully;

How sad that knowledge can be so unkind,

And pain the wages of our honesty.

I’d gladly give my life for peace of mind,

Yet know in life it is not mine to find.

From Of Pain and Ecstasy: Collected Poems (C) 2011 Victor D. López


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