Friday, October 3, 2008

“TO BE, OR NOT TO BE?”



There are lives in life that amount to nothing,
Along all manner of things unworthy of life,
That is what mindless history
Tells us, restless in the endless
Conflict of life and death.

There is life in this life that is true being,
Along with not being
Solid and in place,
And for that reason
We mourn–
Albeit another’s
Worthy life’s–
Each and every passing moment,
But we don’t lament
The untimely snapping
Of a knave’s, rake’s,
Coward’s or crook’s
Gray thread of life
Over the centuries…

There are lives in life that amount to nothing,
Along all manner of things unworthy of life.

If meant to be—
Be apostle-like;
If not to be—
Let it be on the cross;
To be—don’t be
Like a tyrant,
Rather be like the mighty blow
That brings down
His shadow,
Statue and idol…

There are lives in life that amount to nothing,
Along all manner of things not meant to be,
Therefore our quest is never that,
There be a myriad lives,
Regardless of life’s brevity.


VARAND
Translated By: Tatul Sonentz