This world is a maya,
A creation, magical,
To lure and entice
suited for the mankind.
Stimuli that caresses in various ways
Provocations entice and endeavour to deviate.
Mind weaves dreams of comfort and ease.
Safety of a haven
We forever strive to achieve.
With our limited foresight,
Not knowing what lies ahead
We move along blindly;
Lured by the promises
The illusions, magnificent.
Then one day we reach the end
When the obstacle is insurmountable
The pleasures of life
Have gnawed and chiseled away
The resolve to brave the odds.
Walking on a narrow strip,
There is no going back.
This piece inspires more than just hope, that gusto is within reach even though the times would tell us otherwise. Shortly before posting, a distraction from Facebook had me reading this sentiment…
“At the present time, I long only to sleep. I am sick of humanity.” by A. Camus
While Paul’s poem is certainly one of hope and optimism, a desire to experience, having both thoughts present in our beings seems to highlight the oddity that is 2020. We want for both and vacillate in between the two haphazardly it seems.
“Something in us is telling us we’re moving too fast, at a pace dictated by machines rather than anything human, and that unless we take conscious measures, we’ll permanently be out of breath.” Pico Iyer
Everyday at waking hoping,
longing for an
uprising of integrity,
a coup of love,
a kindness rebellion,
a riot of charity,
to overwhelm my senses,
and wash me with such gratitude,
that even now
I might breathe again
as I once did
Honored to have Life Is Off and Taking My Temperature accepted for this project! It is so important that we have places to store the feelings and the emotions this year of upheaval has given us. Hopefully it will gain us insight for what not to do in the future should this type of life-altering event occur again.
I’d recommend you browse through all the other submissions too. The creativity, the honesty, the heartbreak of all their experiences is rich with what we would call “The Human Experience.” So much resonates with the fear, the uncertainty and just how much life stays the same too. We share in order to survive.
If you have something you’d like to share, please do become a part of this project! Submit your story
like out of a sci-fi film the tension builds as our reality becomes an unrealistic and an unwanted fantasy we’d never have dreamt up willingly
personal habits mutated overnight, for some people affected before our eyes, everyone all steps ventured became tentative a feeling of a strange abnormal that couldn’t be defined the markers of who to be kept changing
many were lost, not just the dead their lives upended with new realities of despair retreating into themselves, forced there alone with the grim reaper loved ones watching from afar, helpless
covid-19 will cease to be eventually oh, but the cost of the lessons learned as mentally, emotionally and physically we heal the scars of devastation will linger the pain of the losses great as we, the left behind, begin to emerge anew