A Poem by Joshua Blaylock

Like a single day
A momentary experience
A second
Then it’s gone
The memory is cherished
The thought held close
For a moment
Then it’s lost
Life begins
Life ends
in a moment
In the blink of an eye, you’re conceived, then forgotten
Beauty is not skin deep
It could never make it that far
It died before you could see it
Your eyes were closed
Funny how life does these things
You missed the rise and fall
of a million empires just now
You blinked
In the time it takes for the spark
To travel through your retinas
Into your nerves
Through the long circuit of wires
And, finally, to your brain
It’s over
And, in the time it takes for your brain
To translate what it has just been told
And be ready for a new signal
Another world is created
You never knew the difference
But you could feel it
You could feel the world crash and burn
And then, in the same instance
Rise to a glorified being
You feel the constant pull
The overwhelming controversy
The magnificent battle
between creation and destruction
But, for now
You choose to ignore it
To live your life
Like YOU are the center of the universe
You are gravity
The parent of the god-child,
The world revolves around you alone
Besides, how do you know
that everyone else even exists?
You can’t see through their eyes
You don’t feel their fingers
You can’t even see anything
outside of your miniscule radius
How do you know
that anything else exists?
Just perhaps
Everything else is just waiting
for you to move
As you come into contact with the world
It creates itself
merely to maintain the illusion
that you are real.

© 2020 Joshua Blaylock

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Added on July 16, 2020
Last Updated on July 16, 2020
Tags: introspection, reality, poem, short story