In time all things pass,
the joy and pain of past but a memory,
a lingering perception of being,
and in that embrace of truth we struggle,
what’s gone somehow a persistent ruse
of time’s absurdity, of experience’s learning
and the need to acknowledge what’s now
in the present, and what’s just an echo.
We may choose to live in the past,
truths weary of detail and resolve,
to wander our minds in a futility of being,
of seeing little other than a dulled memory of scope,
based on hope not accuracy,
and so we choose delusion as our reality,
one foot in the shadow of a vaporous past,
and on foot in a present we don’t fully accept.
There can be only one truth,
one moment of experience,
and that is the present, in which we glean,
moment to moment, reality,
and all those echoes are just biases and indications
of what once touched our hearts,
when we were different people of lesser experience,
one step before us now, having transcended time.
Why must we look for answers in the past,
where life both gave and took from our expectations,
and in doing so both blessed and damned our wants,
until it became a lingering joy or pain,
a refrain of questionable reliability,
when life is only now, in circumstance and time,
to heed the moment, relish the rhymes given,
in the moment where answers abide.
Each moment of life is unique,
each experience and thought one of a kind,
for past is an illusion of the mind,
echoes like paintings on the wall,
time captured in memory, but hardly a paradigm
to call your own, rather an indication
of how far we’ve come,
how much we’ve changed in our process of evolving.
Live in this moment,
for it is where all the answers lie,
all the questions beg the asking,
and reality is within reach.
Tony DeLorger © 2018
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