16) Where Is There?
WHERE IS THERE?
Is it a ship that arrives with adoring fans
waving and blowing kisses in the wind on a pier?
Is it a coupon book that promises the best price on
Doritos and travel cruises, but wait… there’s more?
Is it a cozy room where you spend your retirement doing nothing in particular?
Is it a gold trophy that will sit behind glass collecting dust?
Is it the moment you lose your virginity?
Is it a check in the mail that makes it okay that the drugs you live on
will keep you feeling nothing for another week?
Is it the moment you wake up from giving labor and realize you can’t possibly live with the beautiful creature you brought into the world because you are more helpless than it?
Is it a purple heart you proudly wear in the darkness of your trunk?
Is it landing on an isolated, powdery moon without oxygen?
Is it a large sum of money you count until you are certain it is enough to sustain you before you die?
Is it a nice polished, mahogany coffin with your hands displayed neatly, slumped and silent?
Is it the moment your chosen creator comes to relieve you of your suffering?
Is it when you learn that nature does what it does and you still suffer?
Is it the moment before death when all you have lived passes before you like a David Lynch film and you search for the meaning and there is none?
Is it the moment you realize that all of history is more relevant than your entire lifespan?
THERE is just here.
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