We walk the balance beam,
as if they were not numbered.
The rat race,they say.
When did life become a race?
And when did we become rats?
The spirit asleep to reflection,
the spirit numb to the moment.
When did happiness become something
that we need to learn?
one eye open,
Technology affords us play,
we are seduced by it.
We fail to breathe in our moment,
lost and gone,
our moment wasted.
"We fail to breathe in our moment."ReplyDelete
That is so true. I'm lucky if I remember to breathe at all! Balance is the HARDEST thing for me to find. I'm always either doing too much or too little. Right now I'm stuck in the too little stage.
so much lost in those moments we dont take the time to savor...this is probably the 5th post this morning on time...synchronicityReplyDelete
yes - the balance beam is not that easy to walk...When did happiness become somethingReplyDelete
that we need to learn?...this hit!
This is lovely, Ayala. Lovely and powerful.ReplyDelete
I wish I had read this before taking my 3 year old to the store this morning. I was rushing us around, tugging on his little arm, trying to hurry him. But why? "When did life become a race?"
I'm always running... even to yoga. The flowers whiz by and I think, "I'll stop and smell ya later." Speaking of which I gotta run and get my kids so we can hurry up and spend some relaxing time together :PReplyDelete
SMART words! Seriously... when did happiness become something we had to learn?! :o)ReplyDelete
To live in the moment...a true necessity. How simple joy is when we let it occur, like here with your piece. Thank you for the moment ~ RoseReplyDelete
We fail to breathe in our moment,
^ love this line
Balancing life is an art I have come to believe...your remind us here...bkmReplyDelete
Wise words, very well put. When, indeed, did we become so intent on getting through the day that we lost sight of the life?ReplyDelete
oh, yes, truth in every word here, and it's scary. i feel like things are spinning so far in this direction that they'll have to come around in a drastic way to wake us all.ReplyDelete
So true...every word packs a punch. Everyone is in such a rush that no one has the time to appreciate the finer things in life any more.ReplyDelete
as if they were not numbered."
love this line. i think there is a theme appearing in this one shot...
In days past, one had to make something of the moment...now we dwell in the moment on facebook applications. Makes one cringe a bit. Gratificaton maybe but...how much long term joy does Farmville give a person? Oy. Focusing on the end bit, I know, but a strong piece throughout, with very strong points about life today. Very unfortunate...ReplyDelete
Not only excellent as a poem but as a statement. the simple life is so over looked yet a healthy alternative to the commotion of regular living.ReplyDelete
Nice submission to One Shot - thank you
oh yes! very nice contemplative piece!ReplyDelete
So many gifts and blessings leads to so many choices and options. Great treatise on modern life.ReplyDelete
I feel like this sometimes. Life takes over and we need to remember taht we only get the one life so we should enjoy it.ReplyDelete
I only recently became able to understand, or slowed down enough to enjoy, a poem like this. Yours is a universal message well-told in heartfelt terms that so few recognize or embrace. Maybe if more read this, they might. Thank you, Ayala.ReplyDelete
Well written observation of the human condition...staying in the moment is one of the hardest things to do. VbReplyDelete
I needed to read this tonight. You know, when I'm tired but refuse to quit trying to catch up on blogs, and watch Glee, and design a Facebook landing page for a client. Yeah, needed to read this tonight.ReplyDelete
A very profound write... how often we become seduced by the gadget and miss the sunrise....ReplyDelete
every day feels likeReplyDelete
a music video and
the dance never ends
Amen sista! Love this piece :)ReplyDelete
We became rats as soon as we forgot to live because of all the runnin and the mental fatigue..nice one shot Ayala.ReplyDelete
I can't relate to the question about when happiness became something we needed to learn - when did it become something that was automatically guaranteed?ReplyDelete
Oh I needed this today. Thank you. I'm not sure when life became a race but I'm racing, can't seem to stop. I feel scattered and unclear. I keep thinking things will slow and they don't. Ah.ReplyDelete
A very insightful poem, Ayala.ReplyDelete
It tool me a long time to realize/admit that I didn't like multitasking...too bad I had become really good at it! You write from a still and centered place ~ I know that coming to visit you will be refreshing. Thanks.ReplyDelete
So much truth, ayala. We can split ourselves into so many pieces, we're unrecognizable. I loved this.ReplyDelete
Some hard questions in this, and much wisdom. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
So true, very insightful piece. I have to say the picture of the dog put a huge smile on my face, I just love their adorable happy faces. Both dogs and children know the real meaning of life, we forget as we get older.ReplyDelete
"When did happiness become something that we need to learn?" Great question!ReplyDelete
Life is not a race, we are not rats, and, when, indeed, did happiness become a textbook lesson? So much truth and wisdom in this, Ayala. Thank you.ReplyDelete
beautiful Ayala...and it is true, technology can pull us out of the "moment" very true...but it can also pull us closer...connecting us deeply to souls we otherwise would never have met. It is all in how we use it I suppose. We can choose to allow it to open our hearts as we slow down to read precious words, feelings, thoughts and view images that touch us deeply.ReplyDelete
Thank you for your thoughtful poem and for leaving so many loving comments on my blog.
Powerful and wise. When did life become a race? And whose rules determined it to be that way?ReplyDelete
Caroline, it's a juggle,isn't it?ReplyDelete
Brian...smiles..here's to savoring the moment :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Claudia :) It hit me when I was writing it..it wrote itself!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Kristen. I hope you savor the moment...ReplyDelete
Randy, I see it everyday with family and friends...ReplyDelete
Thank you, Rachel. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Rose. That's sweet of you :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Sulthana.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Barbara. It is an art that is simply hard to achieve....ReplyDelete
Patti, I agree :)ReplyDelete
Lori, it is scary and hard....ReplyDelete
Thank you,Mystic Margarita. That's a lovely comment :)ReplyDelete
Leslie, it does seem like everyone thinks it's going to last forever....ReplyDelete
Chris, that's the point that if we balance it then it's great but on most days I am not sure if we achieve that balance :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Moondustwriter :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Hope. I hope all is well with you :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Kim.ReplyDelete
KB, you are right we should take the time to enjoy our life :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Joe.ReplyDelete
VB, it's true ....so hard to be in the moment :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Kelly. I know you've had your plate full. I am thinking of you and your community...wishing you well!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Petrina :)ReplyDelete
Matt, good way to express it :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Apryl :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Budh.aaah :)ReplyDelete
Anton, good point...nothing is ever guaranteed.ReplyDelete
Lauren, sigh...the race continues...I tell myself all the time to slow down and enjoy the moment fully ...I hope you find some clarity and rest soon :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Lady Nyo.:)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Adrienne. I love your visits here :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Talon :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Arspoetica :)ReplyDelete
Mindlovemisery, I am happy that my dog put a huge smile on your face...I hope you enjoyed that moment :) You are right children and dogs have so much wisdom that we need to recapture.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Finally.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Belinda. For your beautiful spirit that always shines :)ReplyDelete
Laura, you make a valid point here. That's why balance is so important to enjoy our life and to also connect with those that make our life richer with their open hearts.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Rudri. xo.ReplyDelete
You touch a nerve that plagues our society. Even retired, it's so easy to become so busy that we forget to live in the now. Nicely written.ReplyDelete
...as if they were not numbered! Now that's a wake up call! Excellent!ReplyDelete
So true. I love the line "when is happiness something we need to learn?" There's a seminar for everything now!ReplyDelete
"The spirit asleep to reflection"ReplyDelete
this made me so sad.
So much truth in your words. I make sure I take a walk in the world around me often, if I didn't I wouldn't function. The simplicity of nature brings me back into balance.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Victoria. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Margaret :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Lolamouse :)ReplyDelete
Monica, it is sad.....ReplyDelete
Thank you, Pandamoniumcat :)ReplyDelete
thanks for the wisdomReplyDelete
Aloha from Waikiki
Thank you, Cloudia.ReplyDelete
When did life become a race and we become rats?! I ask myself the same question each day, without answer.. Beautiful poem Ayala.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Leo.ReplyDelete