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Robert Stone poetry: Permanence and passing

Permanence and passing
-a sonnet for students, inspired by a photo by Ed Waggener
and by words from Christopher Wendell Comperry
However new iconic things may be,
their seeming age is in desire of heart.
A thousand miles, a nearby minute spree,
require a visionary questing start.

All sacred spaces claim those passing by
and some accept and some refuse the call.
Creative ones the common way deny
and write their lives in large demanding scrawl.

Remembered times will seem as short, as long,
unmeasured, as the distance almost home.
The purposefilled will seek the countless throng,
acknowledge old but mark anew their roam.

Both permanence and passing grip the young
with multiple potential futures hung.

- Robert Stone, 21 August 2011

Inspired by "Columbia icon with Greek influence joins two traditional ones," a photo by Ed Waggener, and by the Artistic Statement of Christopher Wendell Comperry for his senior photography exhibition, 2007.
The next earlier Robert Stone poetry: Poetry by Robert Stone: Dazzling and dwindling. A sonnet

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