the word elicits an image, a mood—
imbued with destiny unfulfilled, undefined
unsigned and left undone
begun, then—no more
war, death, sorrow unbearable,
terrible and incomplete
perhaps there’s promise
and hope ahead
fleeting moments awaiting calmness
just the creative urge delayed,
a piece put away, not by sorrow,
simply set aside, until tomorrow.
Inspired by this NPR Morning Edition story on an art exhibit of “unfinished” work. You can see some of the works discussed on the Web site.