Out of Equilibrium



There is a light within me, that will one day shine without me.

There is a song in my heart, that in a day as yet unknown, will bellow a sweet symphony into the all-consuming vacuum of the Void.

What bitter-sweet dreams are these that feel so real and vivid in their grandeur, only to wake to a reality which seems wholly unbelievable and undeniably dreary.

We gaze upon the stars at night, wishing for better days ahead. All the while, lamenting what has already occurred and worrying about that which has not yet happened. Causing us to overlook the hope and promise today brings.

As we look upon the light shone from above, its brilliance and majesty foster duality. For in this glorious light we may truly see ourselves as never before. Unrecognizable yet familiar. Frightened yet emboldened.

Regrettably, yet most assuredly, this will prompt many to turn away. Shielding their eyes and recoiling from the fear of their blinding truth being revealed.

What is this truth, but how spectacularly unremarkable we can be while exhausting every effort to showcase our own splendor and uniqueness. Showing only how mundane our hubris can make us.

I say to you, do not turn away from the light, but embrace its glow and warmth unabashedly. For even the most undesirable qualities of man, in all of their wretched wonder, are of the few things any of us ever truly possess.

Verily, there is no need to guard your possessions with your life when that same life is the only thing inherently worth possessing.

True wealth is garnered from returns on life's investments, by which the balance of your worth will grow in boundless equity.

My sincerest wish for you, dear reader, is that you may continue to make deposits into life’s bank, accruing incalculable interest, until it is time to withdraw.

About this poem

This poem speaks to seeking hope in spite of despair that some find in everyday life as we navigate the world around us. Resisting the trappings of self-absorbtion and the pitfalls of slipping into self-pity.

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Written on August 25, 2022

Submitted by alaustin on November 27, 2023

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