Do I Keep My Lonely Ways
You ask me why do I keep my lonely
The nature in me longs to come
out of the convoluted depths,
To reconfigure my life, to enrich
I am an element of nature seeking
the grand experience -
But there are an array of forces
fighting the elemental urge.
Heart asks for peace, justice,
Mind sees them as fitting architecture
of ideas to live by.
But the world is soaked in greed,
blindness, and ignorance.
It suffocates the grand visions
It sows war, falsehood, strife;
It corrupts pure, natural impulses;
Replacing them with narrow earthly
It supplants natural freedom
with material cages;
Poetry with petty survival wisdom.
Another human is a reflection
Human relationship is a door
But culture and world have turned
them into functional ties,
Laced by selfishness and insecurity,
A mirror of the inner disorder
We live in a world of insane
Of acquisitions, ego, power;
An existence woven in hollow,
A life punctuated by mad, pointless
Success is designed to curb,
Manic economic competition sours
our soul toward the fellow human.
Yet you ask me why do I keep
my lonely ways.