We seek deliverance from all pain
We seek the end of all suffering
We seek peace.
We seek paradise.
We have looked for it all
in aspirins and ashrams,
heaps of lotto tickets.
In better jobs and neighborhoods.
In discotheques and bars.
In sex, marriage and Disneyland,
racetracks, bank vaults,
and numerous sessions of the United Nations.
We’ve searched for it
in wilderness, in lovely tended gardens
and in garbage dumps.
In fancy restaurants with ambient atmospheres,
soaking in jacuzzies behind
thick walled villas with razor wire
and in cardboard shanties on muddy hillsides in tropical rains.
Even in the depths of the sea
and in deep space with robotic eyes probing
the darkness beyond.
We have sought it in animal rights organizations,
human rights organizations,
police stations, courthouses,
political parties, world wars, computer technology,
medical laboratories, libraries, dentist’s offices,
bottles of whiskey and shock therapy.
We have used
chemical fertilizers, antibiotics,
convenience store robberies,
believing in ghosts,
rubbing the bellies laughing buddhas
and worshiping rows of crucified Christs sitting on shelves
with solemn promises of redemption and life eternal
on their bleeding sawdust lips.
This is our obsession, our addiction, our fear,
our desire…………to escape all life’s
problems, loss and death
leaving only the joy………
and it has brought us to the edge,
the abyss, the destruction of our world,
and still it evades us.
It’s just phenomenon happening,
It’s just us, figuring it out.
how to live in it.
There’s nothing to escape,
there’s no place to go,
In the midst of all this suffering and joy,
in the flow of the universe
it’s only temporary.