Lou Lewis


Not Exactly Satori - Poem by Lou Lewis

Not Exactly Satori

This isn’t about nature
Or my ideology or faith
I’m not sufficiently sure
About those subjects;
Not sure enough to give
You a message that you
Wouldn’t, in any event, reject.

This is about floating
In a sea of uncertainty.
Sail-boating to marks
Put out by some mysterious
Race Committee that I
Guess we call God or
Society, or Genetics.

All I know, and this
Isn’t much, is that if you
Don’t make the marks;
If you don’t finish the race,
If you don’t pile on all sail,
You lose. I know you’ve been there.
I can smell your sweat.

I see you grasping at Faith,
Trying to make some sense
Of the nervous tapping of
Your foot, and the twitching
Of your left cheek; telling me
Who I should vote for, or
Explaining cosmology. Hah!

The race is over,
Your boat is sinking fast.
Are you a good swimmer?


June 22,2008 Lou Lewis


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Poem Submitted: Friday, March 13, 2009



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