The Reason for Everything

Some claim our lives are predestined, that whatever
is going to happen to us was already decided
long before we ever arrived here.

Of course, people say a lot of things, few of which
are actually true. I say that whatever happens
might just depend on everything:

the way the first people who crawled out of the sea
stood on dry land, looked around, and sniffed the air;

the stunning colors in the clouds over one continent
after the super-volcano exploded on another;

the cumulative cries of all the babies ever born;

the exact amount of blood spilled into the earth
during all of man’s endless wars;

the happy games Cain and Abel played as children
before there was anything to gain or lose;

the frustration we feel when the seeds we’ve set out
for the migrating birds are eaten instead by squirrels;

the tears in the eyes of all the lovers on railway platforms
as they wave farewell to their beloveds rolling away;

the horror on the faces of all the mid-wives and healers
burned at the stake by the church as witches;

the secret agreements made between grinning psychopaths
over how they would divide up the nations of the world;

the songs of the last whales before their species
was finally hunted by man into extinction;

all the wishes made upon the stars and blown-out
birthday cake candles that never came true . . .

Yes, I could go on and on, since the reason for anything
is everything, but perhaps I should stop here and let
you, the reader, add some reasons of your own.

Together, we could compose a text that never ends,
and even if it somehow did, something else will
continue on — something always does.


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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