from end to end and friend to fiend.
The swing holds no permanence, nor requests any rest.
The pendulum's loyalty betrays no sense.
Wager not on soft landing nor subtle alight,
for the pendulum's quest is ceaseless flight.
The constant is change; the change is constant.
Mors ubi dira fuit, vita salusque patent.
*Author Note: Edgar Allan Poe is one of my favorite poets/writers, so when I had the idea to write "Pendulum," I saw it as a unique opportunity to pay homage to him and his work. The last line in this piece was in the epigraph to Poe's story "The Pit and the Pendulum," and is translated to mean where death once was, life and health remain.
T. Bartlett has loved writing from the first time she held a pencil. In fact, some of her earliest memories include writing as many rhyming words as she could on paper. Her writing experience includes composing poetry on her blog at bltcorner.blogspot.com, talent spotlight articles on children’s authors and illustrators, developing web and social media content, and feature articles for newspapers and magazines. She is also hard at work on writing projects that include picture-book and novel-length manuscripts.