Dogs 2012

SPONTANEOUS SERIOUSNESS
(11/15/12)


it gets
to us
at times

politics

religion

relationships

employment

education

sports

so much
can upset
us

we get
so caught up
in the arbitrary
artifices
which
we have
created
in our need
to control
the uncontrollable

we know
that a stray
comet
solar flare
or gamma ray
burst
could completely
obliterate us
from the cosmos

and the list
of possible
planetary
disasters
which destroy
select geographical
groups
is legion

so many
uncertainties
frighten us
into the fantasy
of human dominion
where we
make the laws
and the rules
by which man
and nature
should abide

we forget
what a wonderful
improbable
joke
this life
should be
in this vast
vacuum
of space

we are
more
a product
of several
measly millennia
of surprisingly stable
weather patterns
on this tiny rock
than anything
divine
or predestined

we should
enjoy
this slim
envelope of time
defining
our temporary
existence

we should
be laughing
and hugging
each other
in pure revelry
at the fact
that we are
actually
here

instead
we curse
and complain
in our compulsion
to be right

our need
to impose
our morality
and greed
upon others

every
once
in a while
some of us
escape
the suffering
of our society

we have
a spiritual
snap
and realize
the ridiculous stage
on which
we all play

but
in very
few cases
does this satori
persist

most
of us
will mitigate
our terminal
illness
for only
short intervals
at best

then
the hospital
bills
of our reality
begin to arrive
in the mail

a plan
of payment
must eventually
be devised

pen
and paper
in hand
we are lost
once again