Do not end
The song of bird
The sting of bee
The might and whole of all I see
Of all I hear
Of all I feel
The all of you
The all of me
Do not end
This love I give
This gentle touch
The trust that binds
The hope that builds
Be more than darkness unfulfilled
Do not end
The sound of breath that whispers soft upon this land
The scent of apple, peach, and pine
The joyful taste of oak cast wine
As dance, painting, music, word
Be moved by art in every form
By nature, sky, sea, and earth
As beauty sow this love defined
Do not end the reach of feather flown and far
The arc of moon
The blaze of sun
The furthest faint forgotten star
Do not put an end to this
The kiss of life, the chance to give
Do not end when day is long
With night begin, with love belong.
Do: to act with or without intent.
Not: the denial of an entity, action, or quality.
End: when or where nothing follows.
A poem about conflict and war across four domains:
Domain: an area, often controlled, real or imagined.
The music Do Not End seeks to touch upon the beauty of life and love.
The poem, artworks, and music Do Not End extends over four domains: .life .love .beauty .today.
I have tried to create a poem that is as easily read by a child as by an adult. It is an individual's voice to another, to many, and about our relationship with the natural world.
For those who enjoy experiencing a richer text, the domains, images, music, and words combine to create the whole. The domains of life, love, beauty, and time might be considered as different countries of the heart, both physical and spiritual. The first image on each domain is related, yet distinct. Still images of moving water are used as metaphors. All living things require water to exist. The images at the base of each page work with the poem by pausing the mind upon one of its elements.
Do Not End might be thought of as a plea, a demand, wish, or hope. The poem presents conflict and war as a choice humans can end. Hostility between individuals, groups, and towards the natural world. The words do not describe the violence and darkness of conflict and war, but rather the power and value of those things that are lost as a result of it. The domains act as a meta-text of four areas of importance of what not to end:
Another way to express 'do not end life' is 'do not kill'. I avoid this more explicit phrase as it has a tendency to act negatively for those readers who may be resistant to calls for peace. In contrast the phrase 'do not end' is more interpretive, and could mean not wanting something to end. In this way, do not end love could also be expressed as do not stop loving. Do not end beauty as a way of saying that all those things we experience as wonderful to the senses and spirit should be valued, and not broken or cast aside as they are in conflict and war. Lastly, the domain do not end today could be interpreted as meaning do not end the present, or do not let today be the last for another, for nature, for love, or for beauty.
My thoughts about the poem do not end...
Mike de Sousa
Oakley, England. 2023