Answer to an Unasked Question

Growing Stranger ~ Philip Brent

Growing Stranger ~ Philip Brent

Passionate Pacific my daily inspiration, sunlight, sand and surf
Murmured messages wash on shore, chased by crashing waves
Warm strand, moonlit, twinkling on the swells, reflecting earth
Wind, water, weather form transient art, nothing the sea saves

Humbled by such vastness of ocean, rolling beyond the horizon
This and more besides to stir or calm me, impart brief harmony
Though none enough to wash away the horror on nightly news
Charlatans, self-righteous fools screaming: over here, look at me

Bucolic word images, I know, do not create poetry, our dreams
Still, my heart clamors for still moments in a mountain meadow
All my senses constantly assaulted by noise, hate in the extreme
While chumps and bullies battle it out, for: see footnote below

Magic summer days, glorious sunsets, some future day will end
Nowhere will we be cited, remembered by reputation or name
No matter how important we believe we are, or that we pretend
Time, space will unfold apace as if we were never here or came

Eternal darkness surrounds us and we can now barely see stars
It reduces us, isolates us, terrifies us more than we admit or say
No more beat gongs, drums to repel demons, now crash in wars
It has not worked so we repeat, escalate to keep our fears at bay

Some when or where in our antiquity, which wasn’t too long ago
We donned armor of false bravado, false confidence hides fear
All that’s done is screw us up to the nth degree, fear isn’t our foe
We push away darkness, in and outside, to go where is not clear

No reason to retain our crumbling mask of useless fake courage
Even as we live within the darkness, the darkness lives within us
All part of a never-ending story and we each have our own page
No separation, neither what you hate, love; it is no good to cuss

Like trying to wish away the color of your hair, color of your eyes
At best, you might manage to charm yourself, others for a while
No matter what mask you wear, it will still be but fleeting disguise
Yet, there’s no reason to panic, pull out your hair, but only smile

Since all is one and one is all, no cause to feel either large or small
Realize, if you castigate, harm your neighbor, you injure your own
We and everything is all there is; no need to kneel or to stand tall
Selfishness, violence cannot help or heal, as our history has shown

Life, like distant space, both simple and mind-bogglingly complex
It staggers our reason, makes us crazy, to believe we are all alone
Full acceptance? Harder to eat your own head, what’d you expect
Worth the effort; good news, we can start again, no need to atone

We must never forget our history, nor abandon our cosmic search
To comprehend our universe, our one, we must stand side by side
Resign and remove ourselves from atop our self-appointed perch
Start to respect and care for this living globe; it’s where we all reside

As small animals know, they must not shit where they choose to live
Since noted time, that is what we have done, and then we were gone
We’ve always been so successful, our injured planet has less to give
We find ourselves foundering in deep water, clutching a large stone

Nothing will or can miss us, though appearing gone, we will remain
Nothing lost or gained, breaking down into all our constituent parts
Stirred again into the all, bits and pieces joined anew will start again
Combining to manifest future life; nothing will keep the all in parts

Every day remember all is one, no matter what you imagine you see
Each and all connected to say, sing, dance, to tell our cosmic story
Don’t worry which part is yours; over time you have, will play many
Though I realize you did not ask, I believe this answers your query


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