Encased

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everything i know about who i am is inside this shell

i see
what my eyes behold in a world belonging to my perspective
i feel
what my being is influenced by
i breathe
what my body needs for survival
i smell
what my nostrils encounter in this life
i touch
what my hands need to grasp
i hear
what sounds out around me
i taste
what i satiate my body with

this body is a vessel
holding in place
all that is required
to thrive

constant motion
inside the barrier
which separates
the external of my perspective

a heart beating on its own
food moving through long tubes
enzymes, bugs, and fungus
breaking it all down

the mind focused
on a gazillion things
while i’m focused
on a trillion more

this being i am
only knows about this one life
i reside in an
encased consciousness

Course Of Life

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your birth, the prelude
to this one great life
foisted into beginning
what so many have done before

family nurtured you, or not
this start fostered your methods
of being in this world
success and failure were in your hands

decisions layered upon decisions
the best you could do, or the worst
chance predicts much of the outcome
and still, you carry on

you reap what you can
others benefit too
glory in the good days
paybacks for your pain

wisdom in the aftermath of living
lessens the evil
from gaining a foothold
in your soul

it’s still a hard road
many leave weak and broken
the lucky ones die
with a smile

they say hell ends when you’re dead

Lessons Learned

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It all hurts…

other’s cruel intentions
life’s accidental interventions
immature decisions
wounding by self-infliction
external forces not caring about consequences

But it gave me…

an understanding of people and boundaries
resilience in the face of catastrophe and tragedy
consequences and wisdom
pain to overcome
the determination to fight injustice

Life is hard but living is knowing how to keep the goodness thriving in it.