On the Edge

Everyone was on edge.
Everyone felt that we were on the edge
of something, but we didn’t know what it was.
This had the effect of putting us even more on edge.
The Unknown can do that — shake your confidence
that tomorrow will be just like today, even if
you didn’t particularly care for today, well
at least it was the evil you knew, right?
So because everyone was on edge,
the wise folks spoke up and said
“Don’t worry, be happy!”
This had the effect of putting people
even more on edge, because they couldn’t
stop worrying, and that really worried them.
They wanted to be happy, but the more they did,
the further away the happiness receded, until
it was at last a mere speck on the distant horizon.
It was just sitting way out there, receding more
as we looked, and although we wrung our hands
and prayed imploringly to the various parental deities,
things only seemed more on edge, the edge of the horizon,
and just about to drop off, to vanish from our sight,
and what then, what would happen to us?
This is how things were left, because we somehow
had to carry on, even without reassurance, even
without a single chance for happiness remaining,
and that was comforting in a strange sort of way,
because we simply had to go on regardless,
all of us together, all sitting on the edge,
ready to fall into the Unknown.

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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 several other sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: http://www.pbase.com/1heart Essays on the Conscious Process: http://theconsciousprocess.wordpress.com/ Poetry and Prosetry: https://feelingtoinfinity.wordpress.com/ Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: https://westernmystics.wordpress.com/ https://freetransliterations.wordpress.com/ Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: https://spiritguidesparrow.wordpress.com/ Thank You!
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