Jan G. Otterstrom F.

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The ancient Greeks felt their lives
controlled by fates: past, present
and future, Lachesis, Clotho, Atropos
gripped by what had been, held
in suspense, before an unknown specter
attaching names of Gods to fears
and irrational events, never considering
odds, destiny played out before arrival
on the scene, prescribed order of things
looking back, fated by temperament
anxieties and drives, mixtures of
ancestral resemblance, with phobias
planted in genes and examples mean
like gnarled and bent by wind and snow
ice hanging on the boughs or tall and trim
mature green leaves fluttering in the light
yet for me, always free, before the open sea
rain squalls, moving veils, sun puncturing
dark and eerie overcast, above the waves
on empty stage and windy billows blast.

Jan G. Otterstrom F. 1/4/2012 Somewhere over the Atlantic.