Before The Darkness – Poetry by Lance Giroux

Before The Darkness

It’s time
That time
Before clouds,
Before downpours, 
Before shadows
Become so long
That clocks
Lose their meaning.

Outside
Beside
The cabin
Young maple
Oak and madrone
Guard the ditch
On Admiral Way
And warn:
“Don’t fall in!”

But I do.

I descend
When season
And forest
Quietly ask me 
To clear and clean
Ditches, holes
And patchwork fissures
Before the darkness
Surely appears.

After all
That has happened
In this life,
I am at home
Here to live
With neighbors.

Here to steward;
Trusting
The arrival of
An eternal
Spring.
Lance Giroux

Lance Giroux was born in a remote Arizona mining town. He served in the Army until 1977. Post military he began working with individuals, businesses, government agencies, and schools - assisting in effective communication, service, and leadership. In 2000, he began to understudy and be mentored by the American author George Leonard – the award-winning editor of Look Magazine. The arrangement demanded international travel. While he traveled, he wrote and documented what he saw, felt and learned - www.alliedronin.blogspot.com. In 2017, Lance bought a cabin near Cobb Mountain and moved. In 2019, he opened Aikido of Konocti in order to serve Lake County with the philosophy and practices of Aikido, a Japanese martial art. He travels less. He enjoys the forest, a place where he can slow down, listen, practice ... and write.

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