Float On

After months on vicious, roiling seas
A blind man steps into the crows nest
And we ask what he sees.
“Why, an island in the mists,” he cries
And everyone believes knowing it’s a lie
Because the alternative is starvation,
Is loneliness,
Is loss of control.
But nothing is that easy.
There is no plan, no destiny.
No island, no land.
Just reeds
Too wet to grasp
in a river flowing too fast.
No one is in control.

There’s nothing we can do.

So settle into the calm reality
That even to the best of our ability
We can’t escape that cold inevitably.

Lay back, and float downstream,
Let go of struggle,
Let go of control,
Because we never had it anyway.

Iced Coffee Thermodynamics

Note: Not really a poem, but a structured thought; I guess.

Imagine the atomic particles in your iced coffee;
how the ones on bottom are hot and moving much faster than the cold ones in the ice up top;
how their energy passes through the structured ice which falls to the new flow;
how the ice’s rigidity quells the coffee’s intense fire;
and for a beautiful few moments they are together as One
delicious beverage.

sex and violence, opposite ends of the same spectrum

Why in the states do we glorify violence and abhor sex? Here tearing each other apart is a more holy of an act than ultimate communion between 2 human beings. We are so separated from each other that we fear intimacy. It scares me, our love of destruction, but what I fear more is the total destruction of intimacy in the future. We all fear dying alone so why do we condone killing each other over loving each other?

Forgetting the Fundamentals, Or Why the Devil is in the Details.

Effort and return:
We sit and eat and watch, effortless, while others play for us, useless, death,
Inflated and exalted, leeching life, dead
in spite of our heartbeat.
They work and produce what we consume, necessary, growth,
Laboured and tired, giving life, dead
in service of a better life.

Language:
Words spoken and written and agreed upon in meaning, clear, defined,
Created and evolved, describing reality, understood
by everyone.
Intentions confused in pretentious choices or purposeful misdirection, foggy, shapeless,
Hollowed and debased, meaning forgotten, understood
by no one.

Religion:
We sing and dance and sip the wine, together, united,
Glorious and righteous, soaring accounts, lessened
for each other.
They weep from the pain in their stomachs, separate, untied,
Povertous and powerless, suffering dutifully, lessened
by the ones above.

Unity in separation, or one is all, all is one:
It created and grew and provided for us everything, generous, whole,
Separate and connected, encompassing all, living
as individual pieces.
We described and detailed it apart from each other, selfish, incomplete,
Separate and disconnected, dignifying differences, dying
as individual pieces.