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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Things that matter


You open your eyes.
A brand new day.
You look at the world,
And see the empty spaces,
Filling in the blanks of your life.

You sit up, slowly.
Thoughts running riot.
You have things to do,
People to see, and to be seen.
Living your greatest performance, ever.

You stand, stretching.
Arms reaching skyward.
Blood rushing to your fingers,
You clench at nothingness,
Grasping the essence of what isn't there.

You breathe out.
A silent gush of air.
Your shoulders relax,
But you feel so hollow,
Exhaling the toxicity of life.

You step forward.
Missing a step.
You're not sure,
But you were so ready!
Falling from your make-believe pedestal.

You cry, in pain,
"Why forsake me, God?"
You begin to pray,
To idols and images aplenty,
Seeking ultimate guidance, balancing on the edge.

You stop struggling.
It's no use, you know.
You begin to weep,
A smile cracks your lips apart,
Welcoming the end with a liberated mind.

You’re laid to rest.
Velvet-lined box.
You are at peace, at last.
Sounds of ritual mourning ring out.
Passing on. Saving the things that matter.

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Acknowledgments:

1) The image for this post is taken from Wikipedia.org. This entry is titled "The Falling Man". Please note, the image has been modified slightly, being magnified a little bit to draw more attention to the man falling. Thank you.
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