Saturday, April 2, 2011

Payback Time

All our debts are owed to the living
only paying those obligations can appease
the shadows of the dead inside us

We mortgage ourselves –
we borrow against future intentions
trusting in some celestial banker to approve our loans

And when those debts are called in –
when the lender forecloses
it is too late to choose a different financial instrument
to say what we left unsaid
to do what we left undone

All our debts are to the living
those to the dead we own forever


honeyhaiku said...

A wonderful take on human debt!

Dave King said...

Straight to the point. Excellent.

Isabel Doyle said...

As you quite rightly said, Dad, inspired by filial guilt ...

Jinksy said...

Ain't that the truth?! Well said...