shoestrings – a poem

Shoestrings (ignorance is bliss)

We cannot think first and act afterwards. From the moment of birth we are immersed in action.
Alfred North Whitehead

For some the days ache
As each passes
Until they find the things
They think they need
What they don’t realize
Is that the ache?
Does not cease
It’s swallowed
By circumstance.
What we swallow
Does pass in time
But not before it warps us
Wrinkling our perception,
In unexpected ways
Circumstance is
The sole reason for living
It is not what we think it should be
It is what serendipity stumbles upon
It is a laboring drunken giant,
Over loose soil, continuing forward
While we without thought
Repeatedly attempt to trip
This giant with our shoestrings
This exercise victimizes our wants,
Unwillingly shoving us
As it would the soil
Into an unexpected
Abstract world of possibilities
When all we can see
On the surface
Are the initial actions?
And their given reactions
The apparent successes of bravado
Shaking the foundations
In random ways
As each footstep
Imprints on another
Bringing maybes to life
This near futile tedious,
Depressing process
Ache those that admire
The giant’s bravado
Leading them toward an epiphany
And attempts to create fate
Because they realize
Why they are they hold
Their shoestrings in hand


choose life

Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed- interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose a three piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing sprit- crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pishing you last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked-up brats you have spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose life… But why would I want to do a thing like that?