Those who walk on the edge of eternity

bear the look of eagles.

Gazing on the truths we have not yet

been forced to see.


Those who walk on the edge of eternity

are captured by a larger vision;

And if their attention seems out of focus

in our darkened mirrors,

it is only because the veil is lifting.


We are unmasked by them,

and our hearts are stripped of masquerade.

Our hands are hungry with the need

to hold and touch,

even as they withdraw into silent determination.


The edge of eternity must be a lonely place

for who can know the battles fought,

the victories won in bitter silence.


Or the hard won faith that can never be shared

with those who walk beside

yet apart.

Those who walk on the edge of eternity

bear the look of eagles.



In honor of my nephew, John Booth, for whom the veil is lifting.


c.2011 Donna Swanson from SPLINTERS OF LIGHT


About dswan2

Poet, author, columnist, lyricist, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, wife of 50 years. Born and raised in America's Heartland
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6 Responses to A LOOK OF EAGLES

  1. 😦 from different worlds, walking side by side, on our separate way 😦
    Happy gooseberry day!!!

  2. Morning says:

    unique and lovely thoughts…..

  3. bendedspoon says:

    mind blowing! those who knew and feel that they are only a step away to eternity see the world differently than others — a deeper understanding maybe of their existence. Hugggs and prayers

  4. Thank you. I don’t know how many of you have been privileged to walk those last miles with friends or family, but I have noticed a similar look in the gaze of those in the last stages. It is as though they are looking past you to more important matters. Hence, the name of the poem.

  5. sad thing to write on it, but with God in mind, you are blessed, and John is blessed.

    take good care, thanks for sharing.

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