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Poem: "The Inescapable Agony of Being"

This poem comes from the Crowdfunding Creative Jam.  It was inspired by shadows_gallery.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them. The rate is $.50 per line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.  In this case, I'll go ahead and post the first verse, although there are unsponsored lines in it. 

Sponsors include: shadows_gallery, general fund, janetmiles, kyleri

FULLY FUNDED
46 lines, Buy It Now = $20
Amount donated = $18
Verses posted = 5 of 7

Amount remaining to fund fully = $2
Amount needed to fund next verse = $1
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $1




The Inescapable Agony of Being


It is not the change itself that causes pain:
our bodies are malleable and it's an easy matter
to morph into some other configuration,
making muscle and bone and organ tissue
out of formerly amorphous material.

Yet once we have changed,
we must leave the safe harbor of our ship
and walk among them, strange gibbering apes
that throng across the surface of this 'Earth'
that they call home.

That is what hurts,
the crippling pressure of their expectations
trying to crush the Light out of us --
relentless demands to ignore the Truth
that all souls are One,
all minds hold a piece of What Is,
all land is Holy.

This is the inescapable agony of being
human, even in seeming,
a torment like red-hot walls
pressing against every inch of flesh
and burning the brands of bitter ideas
deep into our essence.

The more we look like them,
the harder it is to remember
that they are all quite insane
and that a life without pain is possible.
The longer we live among them,
the more like them we tend to become --
there have been scouts who lost themselves
in the misery of it and never returned,
gone native or driven to take their own lives
or murdered for a slip of the enlightened tongue.

Sometimes, the apes decorate their tall buildings
with the images of our martyrs,
repeating those wisps of wisdom to each other
even as they continue to torture their world
and their people, actions horribly at odds with words.

Only one thing makes it worthwhile
to endure such agony:
it is the very nature of light to go forth into darkness,
as the Sun sheds its golden rays across each solar system
and the Universe cradles night in starry arms.
For no matter how deeply a seed lies buried,
something within its shell
ever yearns upward toward the Light.

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From: shadows_gallery Date: November 20th, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's looking good! Posting a link now :)
fayanora From: fayanora Date: January 6th, 2012 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)
This could be good. :-)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2012 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

Hopefully the new verse will encourage more donations. The aliens are in for a bumpy ride.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: January 6th, 2012 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

What's up of this poem so far reminded me of a flash fiction story I wrote, which in turn reminded me of the story that inspired it: "They're Made of Meat" by Terry Bisson.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: January 8th, 2012 06:19 am (UTC) (Link)
You'll no doubt see this anyway, but I shared this on Facebook, and said there "This is a spectacular poem! Science fiction, about aliens pretending to be human, but very spiritual as well, since the aliens are enlightened beings. I await more! Help fund the rest! Every dollar helps! Or, if you can't afford to do that, spread the word!"

Now I will tweet it, too!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 8th, 2012 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad that you are enjoying this poem so much. Thanks everso for boosting the signal!
fayanora From: fayanora Date: January 8th, 2012 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Well it resonates with me, since I'm also an alien soul incarnated here on Earth, constantly driven mad with the insanity of this... I was going to call them a child race, but that would be an insult to children. It seems to me that most humans get LESS mature, mentally and spiritually, the older they get.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 8th, 2012 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

>>Well it resonates with me, since I'm also an alien soul incarnated here on Earth, constantly driven mad with the insanity of this...<<

I can sympathize. I don't relate particularly well to them myself. ("It is no great sign of sanity to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.")

>> I was going to call them a child race, but that would be an insult to children. It seems to me that most humans get LESS mature, mentally and spiritually, the older they get.<<

Larval race, maybe? *chuckle* My dogsbody characters refer to white people as "the Grub Ones."
fayanora From: fayanora Date: January 8th, 2012 06:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Which reminds me:



The Ankh on her forehead was a nice touch.
From: shadows_gallery Date: February 2nd, 2012 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
This is absolutely brilliant. Well done indeed.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 2nd, 2012 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you like this poem. Thanks for the signal boost, too!
From: shadows_gallery Date: February 2nd, 2012 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Very welcome!
kyleri From: kyleri Date: February 3rd, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
...yeah, this goes into the 'painful but necessary' file.

By which I mean, well done. I hope that someday we'll listen.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 4th, 2012 06:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I hope so too. I've written a lot about enlightenment, from many different angles, because there's such a variety of it. But it all comes down to making the world a better place, and not making a nuisance of yourself to the universe.
kyleri From: kyleri Date: February 5th, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

...sometimes the hard part is 'not making a nuisance of yourself'; once you've found (the/a) truth, it's hard not to go hollering it everywhere.
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