beyond the shadows of the trees
all is illusion
gods and ghosts and dreams and
desires and needs
push humanity outward

grasping nothingness
each creature clutches
the illusion first felt on the savannah
carrying it forward into darkness

Paul Cech has been writing poetry since 1970. Several of his poems have been published as Saturday Poems in the Pittsburgh- Post Gazette and the Thomas Merton Center of Pittsburgh has published several of his poems in NewPeople. Read other articles by Paul.