Bathurst, New South Wales
Desirous of possessing lifetimes five
I think of feats I would perform,
and being granted such expanse of temporal territory,
the seeds of things that jostle in my breast and vie for birth
would all be born and come to fruit.
But knowing that a single lifetime’s span is all I have,
and that what was is mostly gone,
those seeds beget examination scrupulous,
knowing that the most of them will go with me to grave.
How keening is that pain of choosing.
With lachrymose resign do I relinquish
hold on birthing projects mine,
little living things, prototypes of my design.
Things beloved yet within the womb.
Knowing this I’m led to know that this is for the best,
for if I were to tarry longer than the standard deal
my genome would incur retardance in its evolution.
How can I not love that string that from the first does stretch unto the last?
That thing of which I am an avatar,
a little knot of rich harmonics standing in a wave upon that twanging twine,
stretched across the span of heaven’s bow .
Bio: Graham says he has got so many projects that he can’t possibly get a tenth of them finished in one lifetime.