Friday, December 2, 2011

Living on the Edge

Every moment,
living on the edge
between the misplaced hope
for a pleasing life always,
and the very real possibility of hell,
just like that.

Techtonic shifts,
the earth's does not care
about 'me'.
One day, old age and death
shall come and do their job
When, how, there is
no knowing.

As much as 'I' recoil
at the idea of pain,
there is no protection
to be had.
Each day, plenty of reminders
that fate's got no feelings.

Many brothers and sisters
bleeding, everywhere I turn
I see the anguish in their eyes
and I hear their silent screams
Gone over the edge,
they have, with not a chance
of returning.

I am learning my lesson:
no point in getting carried away
thank you very much
for every sweet moment,
with a grain of salt
'cause that's life.


  1. Poetry just gets at the heart of it like nothing else, does it not? Though the content is difficult (certainly an extension of your post from yesterday), this is wonderful. Your heart has come out in full view.

    More please! :)

  2. Yes, poetry is funny that way. The perfect medium when just regular prose won't do . . . anymore.

  3. Bittersweet - life is bittersweet, or just plain bitter some times . . .

  4. Heartbreakingly honest and true...
    thank you for sharing your heart!

  5. Hi, I'm on a hospital bed reading this, and I know how true and honest these words are. Thanks for sharing your mind- sasii_k

  6. Oh! I wish you to heal, and feel better in your body. I know you have been working a lot with your mind. Gift of mindfulness!

  7. Love it :)
    Does Dukkha Nana mean anything to you? All Insight Meditators hit this stage at some time in their practice. It is unavoidable. Some pass this stage fast and others get stuck in it for some time. Here is a good book on Dukkha Nanas aka Knowledges of Suffering aka Dark Night;
    you can scroll down to page 166 and start reading on the Progress of Insight. The Dark Night stages are rom 5 to 10. This is based on the Theravadan Map of Insight.
    May you be happy and free from suffering

  8. Thanks, Dusko. Oh! yes, the map . . . :)