Poemdog

Dogs 2016

ALL THAT IS HIDDEN
(3/22/16)


so much
of our lives
is consumed
with the veneer
of civilization

we are blinded
to the simple truth
buried beneath
the shine
of social
sophistry

mostly
we don't mind

we want
to believe
the commercials

the billboards

the pop-up ads

we want
to believe
that they are speaking
directly
to us

to truly
better
our lives

we want
to belong

so we
pretend along
with the rest
of them

until
some sudden
revelation
leads us
to a new
understanding

opens
our eyes
to the subterfuge

so that we
can once again
sense
the essential
elements
of our existence

unfortunately
this newfound clarity
is often discovered
through personal
tragedy

we require
the kick start
of estrangement

imprisonment

poverty

disease

death

finally
to realize
our fundamental
natures

finally
to perceive
the miracle
of a simple
breath

to put
down
our smart phones

to look
up

to wonder
instead
at the sky