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Poetry at times involves going off the deep end. Other times lyrical phrases can be light and airy. Then there comes the melancholy, the angry and all the other emotions. The following poem comes from a collection I’m building and brushes life’s landscape with broad strokes in dark areas…

All the Wrong Places

Bring us no closer to death than the wind’s whisper from our grandmothers’ graves

No further from love than the rise and fall of our lovers’ breasts

We cling to our distractions, desperate souls in search of meaning

From that which we cannot understand.

Who are we? Conscious, aware beings,

Cognizant of too little and too much at once

Living in a frantic world of habitual chaos

Too-fast-to-live and too-soon-to-die realities.

Our pleasures, snatched, stolen.

Our personal histories – barren shelves –

Devoid of soft moonlit strolls or nestled spooning

Instead, data transfers and emotional disasters tracked ad nauseum.

Heads fed by corporate greed mongers.

Sight lost of our souls’ inner workings.

Always the desire for more –

More speed, more wealth, more pleasure, more life.

Yet life’s definition eludes us

Forever outside our modern grasp.

We travel further from our beginning.

We know and understand less as we go.

A sad truth we refuse to face –

Lies we wish to believe,

Tidy. Convenient. Comfortable.

Our stagnant pools of self-reflection grown full of mold and scum from lack of use.

No finger stirs our souls to life.

No fountain breathes life to our depths.

Just shoreline-flames – pyrotechnics

To lure us from contemplations of primary importance.

Our society lost its soul in search of external fulfillment.

People in this land, so fragile in existence,

Live as though no end draws near – until death’s cold fingers clutch our throats

With the epiphany – we searched all the wrong places.