For the Life of Me

 

it’s all a mystery

what makes us tick

 

what matters

the whys

 

how we deal with each other

how we handle ourselves

 

one man cries

one woman hits

 

one billion-plus will never quit

two billion more don’t give a shit

 

what they say when they don’t

know what to do

 

so we work

we play

 

we busy ourselves

we poke and provoke

 

we make up stories

to entertain and explain

 

to teach our children the system

navigating the terrain

 

give them reasons to believe

they have a stake in this

 

and help them continue

walking through

 

what we don’t understand

solving the puzzle

 

one piece at a time

is the main motivation

 

for opening our eyes

once we become bored

 

with our distractions

and toys

 

with practicing

self-control

 

our place

in what we define

 

as this

space/time continuum

 

wrestling the messy

animal inside

 

that heart-pounding

Poe pendulum

 

swing of love

to fear

 

the roller-coaster ride

where art resides

 

gripping the load bar

blind enough to see

 

the possibility

beyond the trees

 

that molecular forest

where eventually

 

maybe there will be

some good reason

 

an explanation

for the life of me

 

Mark Gibbons

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