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Alive

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A series of little insignificant incidents - That keeps you aware that you are alive.


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Alive

ALIVE (HOW DO I KNOW)

I KNEW I WAS ALIVE
 
NOT FROM THE PAIN
 
OF GIVING BIRTH
 
NOT FROM THE EXCRUTIATING
 
RE-OCCURRING TOOTH ACHE
 
SOMETIMES ITS THINGS LIKE thiis-
 
THAT MAKES YOU CALL ON DEATH
 
I KNEW I WAS ALIVE -
 
THO I DID NOT FEEL ALIVE-
 
I felt no pulse
 
LIKE WHEN I
 
WAS KIDNAPPED
--
NOR the day SHE STABBED
 
AND KILLED MY BROTHER-
 
NOT WHEN THEY SENTENCED  MY
 
BLACK MALE CHILD
 
FOR TRYING TO BE A HERO.-
 
somehow
 
I KNEW I WAS ALIVE
 
-BECAUSE OF
 
 LITTLE  insignificant THINGS-
 
LITTLE THINGS -THAT OPENED MY EYES
 
such as
 
ROBOTICAL MOVES - A GLIMPSE OF
 
THE MUNDANE these things
 
MADE ME AWARE-OF
 
WHERE THE ILLUSIONS END
 
 and REAL LIFE BEGINS
 
MORE TIMES THAN NOT
 
 the heavy loads are
 
TOO PAINFUL TO DIGEST-
 
SO I focus
 
ON THE INSINIFICANT
 
LIKE WHEN THE MAN PUSHED
 
HIS GLASSES UPON HIS NOSE.
 
 but NOT WHEN THE WEATHER
 
WAS BELOW ZERO- and cold
 
 
I KNEW ONE DAY THE
 
TRAGEDIES WOULD CEASE
 
AND THAT FEELING OF
 
LIVING WOULD INCREASE
 
THAT ONE DAY IN SPITE OF
 
ALL THESE PITFALLS
 
AND STUMBLING BLOCKS
 
 
I  FINALLY REALIZE
 
THAT I am ALIVE
 
WHEN I SAW A MAN PUSH
 
HIS GLASSES upon his nose.
 
 
I knew I was alive WHEN 
 
I SAW THE WOMAN EATING
 
CHEEZ-LESS CHEETOES
 
 
ONE DAY LIFE FLASHED
 
A WARNING BUTTON
 
ALERTING ME THAT
 
THIS LIFE IS REAL
 
 
yet THERE WERE NO RULES ATTACHED
 
LIFE IS COMPLICATED WITHOUT RULES 
 
AND even WITH RULES
 
LIFE IS STILL AN unfair GAME
 
A complicated GAME OF CHANCE.
 
 
I MADE TWO BABIES
 
LAUGHED AS MUCH AS I COULD
 
WITHOUT APPEARING INSANE
 
 
SAT THROUGH A FEW MOVIES
 
READ ONLY WHAT AND WHEN
 
I WANTED-  ONLY
 
WHEN I WANTED.
 
I WAS BUSY WRITING
 
A BUNCH OF POEMS
 
 
I WANTED TO DANCE EVERY DAY
 
THE ONLY SACRIFICE I MADE
 
WAS SOMETIMES I WOULDN'T LET MYSELF
...
 
I WANTED TO LEAVE RIGHT
 
AFTER THE DANCING STOPPED
 
 
STILL KNEW I WAS A
 
LIVING BEING WHEN
 
I SAW HOW I STAYED ON
 
THE MINDS OF THE BABIES..
 
BABIES NEVER FORGET ME.
 
THE CHILD RAN TOWARD ME .
 
HE HAD ON TRAINING PANTS
 
HE COULD NOT HAVE
 
BEEN ANY MORE THAN
 
THREE -OR A BIT MORE - 
 
NO MORE THAN  FOUR.
 
HE RAN TO ME AS
 
I HAD BEEN GONE FOR SO LONG
 
BUT HE WAS GLEEFULLY GREETING
 
ME - HOW COULD HE REMEMBER ME.?
 
HE WAS ONLY ONE YEAR OLD
 
WHEN I LEFT TOWN.
 
 
THE OTHER KID CAME OVER TO HELP ME
 
BUT HE CHARGED ME 2.00$
 
I SAID" I THOUGHT YOU WERE
 
HELPING ME FROM YOUR HEART"
 
"I AM". :..He said
 
"BUT I STILL NEED 2.00$" -
 
THAT WAS REAL.
 
 
THE ONLY THING ACTING UP ON MY
 
COMPUTER IS THE SOFTWARE
 
THAT KEEPS MY PUTER-
 
FROM ACTING UP.
 
 
I KNEW WHEN I SAW HIm
 
the man - PUSHING HIS GLASSES
 
UP ON HIS NOSE. It was then
 
that  I knew I WAS STILL ALIVE ..
 
THIS MUST BE  MY TEST.
 
 
A CHILD ASK FOR 2 DOLLARS
 
TO HELP ME FROM HIS HEART-
 
MY MAINTENANCE SOFTWARE
 
OPENS TO ERROR MESSAGES-
 
MAN PUSHES GLASSES UP
 
ON HIS NOSE-INCIDENTALLY-
 
It was At these crucial points
 
I now know -my LIFE
 
IS NOT AN ILLUSION-
 
BUT THAT IS HOW -
 
Somehow -
 
THAT is how -
 
I KNOW I AM ALIVE -
 
HOW BOUT YOU ?
 

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