Days Like These

This piece is a collaboration with the ever-elusive Blackbird of the blog Wandering Thoughts. Text on the left (prompt) was written by Blackbird, while the text on the right (response) was written by Auroraboros. Enjoy!

Days like these
We realize just how quickly
Not only the days pass,
But the months and years as well.
How many sunrises,
How many sunsets?
How many dreams
Lost in the sands of time,
Outgrown or evolved?
As the days pass
I find there are
Just not enough hours
Of light and energy
Supplied to each day.

Days like these
I remember just how quickly
All of the days fell away
Before I understood how much each one could mean
How many late night revelries
How many lazy mornings slept away
How many dreams
Placed on a shelf
Because if it is possible now
It will be just as much so tomorrow
And tomorrow will surely come with the same promises
Only by that time
I will be ready for it


I learned to wake with the sun
And return to sleep before it left the sky
Restful and ready
Striving to achieve
To make manifest my dreams

But now

I have learned that there is space between
That some days it is okay to sleep well into the morning hours
To rise with the woman who lays at my side
To leave behind at times my obligations and worries
That we might see what lies beyond the state lines

I think

Life is so short
Even though some days it might feel longer than it needs to be
Each one different than the last
But similar in so many of the most difficult ways
And even though we learn the value of the years as the come and go
They do so with increasing rapidity it seems
Fleeing our embrace

I know

It can feel as if there is never enough
Like the days are but a cruel joke
Teasing with the promise of opportunity
But allowing only glimpses
In the hours we are allotted
But I promise
There is so much to be achieved
In even the seconds and minutes as they pass
In silent meditations on the sound of buzzing lights
In observation of the wind blowing patterns in the roadside grass
Beauty and meaning abound
But the perceived complexity of happiness hides the truth
Masking the simplicity of contentment
With obscure desires and driven wants

I beg of you

Stop and listen
Stand and observe
There are so many hundreds of stories told every passing second
Right in your very presence
And you are a part of them
All you need to do is be present

18 thoughts on “Days Like These

  1. This is absolutely beautiful, my friend! You guys did such an amazing job on this and the message in it is profound. Great job! 😃👏


  2. I love how you have laid out your words! Each word is beautiful and telling. You always fill me with inspiration and I should remember to visit you more often! I hope you are well my friend. ❤

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    1. Thank you, Sara, for your words and for your visit. I am so very glad to hear from you. I have become relatively hermetic of late… My mental health and physical life has been increasingly complex, and I am struggling to post some days, and even more so to visit others. I really appreciate you stopping by.

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        1. Thank you, sincerely. I seem to be doing better. I get these depressions that cripple my communication abilities, and inevitably, that only makes it worse because it strains my relationships and makes me and those around me feel lost. I think I am starting to find the way back though… I really appreciate just your presence. I really do.

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          1. You’ve been so good to me, I wouldn’t dream of abandoning you in your time of need. I apologise that I haven’t been present a lot of the time up until now, but I am not going anywhere. I will be here as much as you need someone.

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          2. Oh, thank you so much Sara… You don’t know how much that means. You are truly a blessing in my life. The same goes for you – always remember that I am here if you need anything. I am going to try to be better at being present myself… I’ve been slipping lately and I think it would really help to get back into this loving and caring world.

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          3. Look after yourself first, that is the most important. I understand when it is difficult to be present. I was gone for months and everybody was still very supportive when it felt right to come back. So, please take the time you really need.

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