Life, and the Path It Follows

The Earth is alive
Even when it is sleeping
Under so many layers
Of ice and debris
Clinging tightly
To the frozen ground
As loose debris blows
Gently over the layered snow
Traveling
From place to place
Participating
In an equation far too complex to be captured within the realm of our understanding
An equation based on chaotic interaction
And chance
And a pesky little detail
Ascribed the title of “free will”
Or life
A far more complicated chain of events
Beautiful
And utterly overwhelming
In the eccentricities by which
It impacts the universe it interacts with
Which is in itself
Utterly unique and completely without equal
In the grandeur by which it is arranged
And the incomprehensible possibilities
That it could be arranged any other way
And enable our lives to carry out as they do
Moving
And carving
Little lines through everything we touch
Leaving reminders
That we were there
That we existed
Enduring
And deeply impactful
To all of the other objects and living things
With which we share this space
To the situations that they encounter
As well as in the decisions they make when confronted with them
For we are a part of something far larger and more powerful than ourselves
Life
And the path that it follows at it unfolds before all of our eyes
The stories that are written
The loves that are shared
And the marks that are left
In time
We build
A legacy that we are proud of
Marks that tells a story of truth and of honor
Of growth and of development
As we learn to be
Something more than just a collection of cooperating cells
Looking out for itself in a world of enemies and friends alike
But rather an active participant
In an experience shared
With everything we interact with
From the smallest of this worlds materials
To the massive stars and black holes that fill the night sky
All engaged in a cosmic dance
Through time itself
A movement which started
Far before we arrive
And will continue
Long after we are gone

20 thoughts on “Life, and the Path It Follows

  1. Lovely perspectives.
    When I stood in the cold black sky -filled with stars – last night and watched the moon eclipse, I felt very small.
    Awe inspiring.
    Through no act of anyone on earth’s doing, this amazing event occurred.
    But the greed and selfishness has consequences. I hope the Earth can survive.

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    1. 🙂 Thank you so much, Liefladee. It truly can be absolutely astounding to see the natural beauty of life unfold… There are threats, certainly, in the vain and self-centered actions of individuals, but ultimately, for whatever it might mean, those individuals are the ones at risk…

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  2. I found the conclusion of your amazing poem very moving and poignant, I enjoyed read, Thank you.
    “From the smallest of this worlds materials
    To the massive stars and black holes that fill the night sky
    All engaged in a cosmic dance
    Through time itself
    A movement which started
    Far before we arrive
    And will continue
    Long after we are gone”

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