Nap Time

One of the things I used to like about Saturdays
was being able to take a nice nap in the afternoon,
after all the required chores were finally completed.

Since I retired from my busy career, I can now
nap any time, but oddly enough, it seems I rarely do.

It’s not unlike being surrounded by delicious food,
yet not having much of an appetite anymore.

There is a chronic human dilemma which begins
when we finally get the toys we’ve yearned for,
the very ones that we were so sure we wanted,
only to find that we quickly lose interest in them,
and so off they go to the closet, taking their place
alongside all the previously discarded candidates.

We may still imagine that there is some other toy,
an ultimate one, that will satisfy our longing,
yet it always turns out the same.

Many of us don’t even know what we really want.

We feel some sense of desire, then seek to discover
an object or experience that will justify the pursuit.

Maybe a better job, or car, or house, or mate –
perhaps something like that would qualify.

Maybe more money, food, or sex
will do the trick, or perhaps the right guru,
sect, cause or politician will be just what we need.

Some say it’s really just about the journey,
not the destination, but do we ever for a moment
stop to examine why we even started out searching
in the beginning, before we took our first step?

Then again, maybe that sort of questioning
requires too much effort — it’s wearying
to self-inspect our primal motives —
so instead let’s take that nap.


About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: Essays on the Conscious Process: Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: Verses and ramblings on life as it is: Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: Verses on the Play of Consciousness: Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: Poems of the Mountain Hermit: Love Poems from The Book of Yes: Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: Thank You!
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