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Poem - Stay awake littl'un
Something I posted on my redbubble pages last night and that I wanted to share with you guys:
Knowing what I do now, having turned to buddhism and found so much love and understanding there, romantic love is (for me) like a nicely tinted light that we sometimes experience and cast over our lives and the world, as we see it.
I wanted to write this to remind me (as though I were a little girl again, reporting my first crush to my mother) to stay awake to the joys of the world and keep things in proportion.
Otherwise, I know from experience, you invest a lot in a human being (like any other) and become blind to the pure, objective joys of the world and everything without that person feels grey. To me that’s not love. It’s delusion.
Stay awake littl'un
Wriggle your toes.
Remember the clouds above
and how you marvelled at them that time
looking out of the aeroplane window.
Mouth wide open at their beauty.
Feet on the ground
But it can’t block out
the dewy grass beneath you
and the way the rain glints
on every surface.
as the world turns.
Time won’t keep up
with your beating heart
and your rasping breath.
Won’t sympathise with your feelings of lust.
If you choose to seek refuge in
the cave that is love*:
That’s dark and cloudy with your imagination.
Don’t come crying, that
you can’t see the clouds
can’t feel the dew.
Can’t stay awake.
* This refers to the Westernised concept of romantic love, of course