One Two Three


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Life comes and goes. Each soul struggling for meaning.  

One Two Three

One word
 One smile
One simple act of kindness
Two Hearts
Two Hands
Two souls to do God's work
Three men
Three women
Three children soon to follow.

 One heart beat
One life begun
One soul in search of meaning
Two lives
Two loves
Two souls joined in harmony
Three cries
Three laughs
Three tears of joy and pain    

One dream
One journey
One goal realized
Two sets of eyes
Two visions
Two works of art created
Three days
Three nights
Three days closer to eternity

One death
One soul departing
One life completed
Two loved ones cry
Two friends say goodbye
Two red roses mark the grave
Three thousand years pass by
Three hundred generations come and go
Three trillion more souls born and returned to dust     

 ©Copyright 2009 Charles H. Gragg


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Tempestlady commented on One Two Three


Was going great, but lost something at the ending....I don't know felt like it just kinda stopped abruptly to me. Maybe just me, loved the symbolism though and the beginning the way it flowed. Write on..... Or maybe was it supposed to ?



The ending, which consists of three lines, is intended to convey the utter insignificance of life numerically. Poems work for some and for others they don't. Thanks for reading anyway.

ginga commented on One Two Three


hampton , This is the short version of an epic poem in my interpretation of it. I love the succinct, short and witty lines, the passion emoted and the wonderful way the poem was centered and the visible beauty of the format. Also the last few lines denote time's passing which I like! ginga



Thank you so much. This poem came in and out of my archives multiple times before I was able to complete it..and I'm still not sure it's done.

HarverTomsson commented on One Two Three


The worth of life is truely in the little things. Your telescopic vantage letsone scope the infinite as well as the intimate. It is the life principle that needs to be celebrated, otherwise individuals begin to depreciate into nothingness. Good job.



Thank you Harver. Your comments are always so insightful

dahlusion commented on One Two Three


This is a work of true poetic art addressing love, life , and death, in your trademark style. I really like the graphic layout of this one.



It's funny you should mention the graphic layout. The lines toward the end build in length as the poem climaxes. Thanks Dah.

Gracey commented on One Two Three


wow, powerful ending, This is really well written :)



Thank you very much. I appreciate your reading and commenting.

The true philosopher and the true poet are one, and a beauty, which is truth, and a truth, which is beauty, is the aim of both.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Poet (1803-1882)

Hampton’s Poems (111)

Title Comments
Title Comments
Searching 5
The Poetess 14
Nonsense 12
Solitude 18
Lame Limericks 14
Message to Papa 15
Young Jimmy O’Fallon 11
The Computer From Hell 18
Life Ain’t for Sissies 16
The Mind In Motion 13
The Game of Poetry 9
Silence 55
WordSlinger 19
Holiday Thoughts 12
Sweet Mary 18
From White to Grey to Black 19
The Reckoning 12
And All of That Jazz 16
Today 25
No Offense, Just My Opinion 16
Lucky 10
You’re Only as Old as You Feel 13
Saturday Night 13
Political Change? 14
The Female Gender 17
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? ( With Epilogue) 10
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? 7
Remembering 11
This Web We Weave 13
The End 16
The Day the Clouds Cried 16
The Path of Life 12
My Mother Ruth 12
Humanities Challenge 14
A Cowboy's Perspective 12
July in Buda Texas 14
The OP Poets Parade 20
The Chatelaine 12
Shot Through the Heart 17
Poetry and Fine Wine 18
The Man What Am 10
The Final Beat of My Heart 16
The Rainbow of Poets 19
A Cowboy's Lament 13
Of This World I am Not 17
The Wee People 19
An Evening at an Irish Pub 15
The Scent of Love 14
Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
Memories of Times Past 13
The Dance of the Poets 20
The Confession 14
Road to Obscurity 18
Barbara 14
Shadows 15
Prescience 17
Words That Bind 54
Wondering 26
New Year News from Buda Texas 13
We Are All Witnesses 16
Christmas 25
A Cowboy’s Prayer 29
The 9 ers 24
Love Defined 27
Tis a Time to Give Thanks 21
More News From Buda Texas 26
Choices 26
News from Buda, Texas 21
In Search of God 21
Writers of Poems (WOPs) 26
Out of the Darkness 15
Visions from Within the Mist 18
Baseball 12
The Night Stalker 16
The Man I Presume to be Buck 16
The Sounds of Time 17
The Little Man in the Green Hat 18
Blah Blah Blah 14
One Two Three 13
Carpe Viam 11
Love in the Afternoon 13
The Moth 14
Lost & Dungeons of the Mind 11
The Creative Process 19
The Truth and the Tribe 19
The Long Wait. 19
Feathers 26
The Arrow 14
Take Two Cialis and Call Me in the Morning 26
Ghostly Images 16
Friends 11
Angels Without Wings 20
The Rider 16
Pride and Shame 18
The Winning Poet is.... 21
Memories 13
Politicians 67
Your Mailbox Is Empty 18
God's Visit 17
Poets and Poems 20
Love Thy Neighbor 13
Renewal 8
The Roar of Silence 17
Blessed Are These Days 4
Time and Space 5
Life's Journey 8
Gift To The Fallen 16
Hunger 21
The Antique Shop 30