The Hunt…

Sometimes you can want something too much,

and in overreaching you out yourself as the one

clinging to what no longer exists.

The human drive to possess what we can’t have,

to understand the incomprehensible,

to make sense of cataclysmic change,

takes us, ironically, to where we didn’t want to be… a place by ourselves.

Is life simpler in the animal kingdom…

where the citizens are guided by instinct alone,

no motives, no emotions cluttering the landscape?

They live, they die, the world rolls on.

Life as it spools out doesn’t shock or dismay them,

their days are an endless struggle for simple survival,

existence distilled to its essence.

Is it better to live a life of awareness,

with all the heartache attached,

or to cruise like a lioness on the hunt,

defending your territory,

staying alive through experience and cunning?

On the windy days when the sky is more tan than blue,

my heart is on the grassy savannah.

©JSmith 09/13/2021

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thelastnightowl
    Sep 14, 2021 @ 08:59:02

    Being human is to live in hell.

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    • Judy Smith
      Sep 14, 2021 @ 09:58:29

      Owl, I agree that whatever of heaven or hell we experience happens in this wild and solitary life. It offends my sense of justice and my stubborn bent for caring, that for some the balance swings far to the hell side. It’s just wrong, dammit.

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  2. Judy Smith
    Sep 13, 2021 @ 17:13:28

    I think we’re all far more burnt out than we know.

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  3. aRJay
    Sep 13, 2021 @ 16:38:14

    omg
    took my breath away

    the savannah, as I live and breathe

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