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Ants and Roaches

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(A prosetry observation) Ants and roaches have been around millions of years and give no indication of
becoming extinct.  We on the other hand…

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Ants and Roaches

Ants and Roaches

How often the question
How often the ignoring
How often the reality
That as a species
We live lives
According to someone else’s purpose


Too many move through life 
Embracing factotum
Embracing servile doctrine
Pushing religion
Obsessing scholastic attainment
Conquering career lures

While forgetting

Fulfillment eludes man-made designs
Reliant instead on discovery
The inner being transparent

Many hold
We ignore our divine destiny
To Be

Such a quandary
This idea of Being
Thinking we know what we want
What we need
Who we truly are


Few choose to seek “their truth”
Opting instead to crawl through endless trenches
Of waste and human rubble
Enduring razor-like suffering
Only to remain a stranger to one’s self

These scars of self-mutilation subtly spread
Metastasizing into bondage of heart and mind 
Leading to perhaps one last question

Will our species ultimately become
But alien anthropological studies
Proving our existence as a dot under the cosmic microscope
But an ironic exercise
For revealing who we ultimately
Were not?


Might the oldest instinct of the planet 
Finally kick in? 

Ants and roaches 
Know survival
We should know more

Do we?

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  1. Date: 3/22/2013 7:13:00 PM
    Definite thoughts that cross the mind now and then. I think this forum is one answer for your last question.