Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Labyrinth [Poem]

Life in this world 
is a mere sojourn. 

Of the many who have gone before
who can say he truly knows the path? 

Will I follow the life-roads laid by past-men
or go where there is no path and make one? 

No one knows with absolute certainty
which life-roads lead to joy or to misery. 
Life-roads intersect and intertwine, 
forming an enigmatic labyrinth. 
No one can foresee where any life-road leads
causing doubt to pervade each and every one. 
Thus, can it not be said with a sigh, 
that life is a sojourn through a labyrinth?


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Necessity [Poem]

Necessity is the dictator of my life
and his severe voice commands me
to work so I can afford to sleep
in my own little corner of the universe
and have enough food in the fridge
to silence hunger's endless barkings.

My soul is weary of Necessity's lashings
which drive me to mundane, repetitive work,
but my spirit and hopes will never be crushed.
I dream of wrestling my freedom away
from Necessity's cold and steely clutches,
so I can be ruled by want instead of need.

Then I will be as brutal a ruler upon myself
as Necessity was to me - no rest for me, none!
For being freed I must excel at my soul's vocation,
otherwise I will waste my freedom on mere luxuries.

To defeat Necessity, I must learn what he teaches:
Before the soul can soar in the skies, 
it must first have mastery of the ground. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

When I Return [Poem]

Growing up in Cape Breton Island
felt like growing up in a world of softness - 
comfy furniture with blankets and warm hearts to cuddle into 
were always present to fend off the cold. 
Omelettes, school, meat and potatoes, and electronic entertainments came and went
with as much repetitive certainty as the tickings of a clock 
and the tickings turned into months and years,
and that was my life. 

But then in the middle of my stomach I began to feel a fire well up inside me. 

It started as a subtle spark,
and this slow, burning pain permeated my days with dissatisfaction
for that which I knew I should be grateful.

This subtle fire was fed by great books, tantalizing images of ancient, mysterious places, 

and the company of those who seek wisdom, virtue, and honour
until finally this subtle spark grew into a great invisible flame burning and blazing within me 
and when I could no longer deny the heat I felt in my soul every second of every day 
I could no longer deny what it was -                             
This flame was an instinctual inferno of ambition! 
This feeling of my heart pumping and blood burning 
in anticipation of all the dreams I am going to fulfill in this life.
I want adventures and struggle so intensely it hurts - can you imagine?

I knew the only way I could extinguish these fires was to dive into a veritable ocean of activity! 
And thus, I left Cape Breton - this world of softness, my home, 
in search of the desperate battlefields and treacherous mountains 
my soul needed to prove it’s courage and might. 
But where does one find such things in this present age?
Let me tell you: Out of the combined workload of theatre, school, and part-time jobs

I have made my fearsome opponent, my daring adventure. 

And like the heroes of antiquity, once I have won golden glories for my name,
I will return to my home, rich in honour, adorned with wisdom, 
and I will regale my kinsmen with the story of my saga.
But until then - 

Goodbye, Cape Breton, my homeland!


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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Your World is Your Reflection [Poem]

The mini meadows of green grass that are scattered, strangely, amid the concrete chaos of our cities, emanating simple stillness.

The ruined relics of steel structures in the ominous outskirts of suburbia, which make for amusing adventures to ascend.

The wondrous woods when they are sunny and sublime, or when they are shadowy and secretive, perfect places for reflection and reverence.

The bountiful bookstores filled with timeless treasures on every conceivable concept, visited voraciously by aged, amiable souls.

The blissful beaches where the opulent ocean and the splendorous sky meet, giving tantalizing tastes of a promised paradise.

These are the sort of scenes that I meet myself in, and I often wondered why.

I realize, now, it is because these are the places that are my soul's likeness.



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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

To Live is to be Marked [Poem]

To live is to be marked. 

When we are born we are a fresh motion of the universe.
We are born an energy of overflowing newness
unleashed upon an ancient complexity of causes. 
We are thrown into a world of people who have been marked, 
and we delight them with our marklessness.
“All children are kind and forgiving” I have heard us say, us marked ones.
They speak of marklessness with a voice both joyful and sorrowful.
because marklessness exists.
because they know it is transient,

To live is to be marked. 

When we grow up the universe changes us as we change the universe.
Some of our markings are like scars from daggers, 
and other markings are like the sweet moisture that remains from a kiss.
The shadows of our memories follow us everywhere we go, 
conditioning our experiences, 
and those conditioned experiences themselves become new memories,
which further condition our experiences. 

To live is to be marked
to change, to become, to be wounded, to be touched,
to live is to be-born-die-and-be-reborn-again and again.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Indoctrination [Poem]

Some kids play sports, some kids cry, 
all I did was ask “Why, why, why?” 
All my nights were vivid dreams, 
All my days I played by streams.  


Some kids did physical activity, 
but I was stuck in thought-captivity. 
Playing with forms and stories in my brain, 
no one ever built brakes on my thought-train. 

The society outside was neat, organized, 
everything fits into a box and gets analyzed. 
Inside me was an invisible place of genesis, 
unformed mind-stuff, nescience, and desires endless. 

To me, the mission of all adults seemed to be: 
make my soul like the society outside me, 
something labelled, boxed, with rational utility.
But why? I couldn’t understand this mad futility.  

I resisted this with all of my might, 
something about it just never seemed right.
They wanted to transform me into an adult - 
But tired misery seemed to be their result. 

But punishment is a persuasive teacher. 
I ceased being an innocent, chaotic creature. 
I took on the guise of the diligent student, 
and subjugated enjoyment to being prudent.  

I rebelled silently in the imaginary  
the space behind my eyes was my sanctuary 
But I couldn’t blur the world into a lie for long 
soon reality would face me sternly and strong. 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Purpose of Your Life [Poem]

The Purpose of Your Life 

The purpose of your life 
simply cannot 
be survival. 
Because your quest for survival is doomed. 
No matter what, you are going to die. 
These things may or may not be real: 
Financial Security 
Everlasting Happiness 
True Contentment
But you can be certain that death is real. 
Overwhelmingly real. 
(the most common of pursuits)
will always end in 

Everyone and everything
No matter how much we cherish 
No matter how much we enshrine
No matter how much we fight
will be
and then being

But I know that even though no one has ever survived

I know that people have been good. 
That goal
is more achievable:
Even though they died as anyone else, 
they still bestowed
and that is enough. 
That goal
is more permanent: 
Every act of goodness is eternal.
Do you not feel the ripples of loving-kindness, 
flowing across time to wash over you?

When death comes to devour you, 
fight him unrelenting tenacity,
just to reveal your strength of character,
so that he can know what measure of man he is taking today:
Not someone whose body outlived their soul, 
but someone who loved life and will miss it and be missed by it. 
Someone who knew that the only true defeat is giving up, 
and the only true victory is to keep fighting, 
someone who audaciously laughs at death, whispering:
“I won!”