This being human

This being human
on cloudless nights
the stars,
the universe stretching back
– eons of time revealed
spiralling into expanding cosmic space.

This being human
on busy days
the traffic,
the coastal construction companies
expanding into earth bound space
as if their determination
to secure, once and for all,
the best sea view in the neighbourhood
can stop the rising tides of climate change.

This being human.
We children of the stars
born into the human rat race.
Did we just come here
to claim the greatest prize
or did we come for some greater purpose?
To learn to live in harmony
with all that is perhaps.

prompt: https://dversepoets.com/2021/03/16/poetics-the-art-of-being-human/

27 thoughts on “This being human

  1. I agree with Jenna about the ethereal quality, Suzanne, and love the image you paint of the ‘universe stretching back / – eons of time revealed / spiralling into expanding cosmic space’ – it made my head spin! I like the shift from heaven to earth and human activity that has an impact on the environment, from ‘children of the stars’ to ‘human rat race’. Oh, to live in harmony!

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  2. Would we could learn that lesson, Suzanne!

    ‘We children of the stars
    born into the human rat race.’

    I really believe this is true. We lose our way somewhere amidst all the lies and greed.

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