SUZANNE NIEDZIELSKA

A Maze By Design

Would that one could know each creature by name in the design
of our existence that puzzles, terrifies, or amazes with its design.
 
Caring for a pet, how can one feel lonely or without purpose?
Knowing many, one can marvel at the epic craze for design.
 
Who can leave this earth without knowing its diversity?
Except going elsewhere as explorer in a blaze of design?
 
Whether evolved in water, land, air, or combination
with arm, wing, or fin, we find common arrays in design
 
for successful living within the given environment
by whose characteristics – nurturing or hostile - we appraise the design.
 
Getting about, getting food, mating and reproducing,
caregiving, fighting predators — all in a day’s design.
 
Such a plenitude of estranged friends to welcome to the table
for company, as if all creatures could graze by design.
 
Could I be sadder about anything than the starved sparrow caught  
in a coil of my pea fence while I was away in a chaise by design?
 
In childhood, death was an alien, abducting loved ones rarely;
Now, it picks like a field hand, lately by phase design.
 
How would the phoenix speak of its fiery death and ashen rebirth?
Will an endless return more greatly praise the whole design?

 

Suzanne Niedzielska lives in Glastonbury, CT. Since 2010, she has worked as a freelance IT management consultant (www.tidepool-it.com), capping a 30-year career in public and private sector information technology.  She has been exploring poetic forms since she resumed studying and writing poetry in 1994, with a recent focused on cross-cultural forms, such as the Middle Eastern ghazal, and Japanese haiku/senryu, as well as nonce and traditional English forms, and the French Oulipians. October 2014, she self-published peach-hued: a collection of haiku and short forms with the editorial assistance of Stanford M. Forrester, and publishes haiku/senryu regularly in New England Letters (of the Haiku Poetry Society of Western Massachusetts). Since 2010, Suzanne has published several ghazals in the online Ghazal Page, riffing on memory, music, mathematics and other questionably unifying frames of reference for a vast diversity of thought and experience. Well before her career in IT, Suzanne taught philosophy, the field in which she earned the doctorate from Fordham University (1979).