Thursday, January 26, 2012

Living Proof

author’s note:

After finishing the poem below, I realized I could indeed support my thesis with a mathematical proof (see graphic above).


As age breaks us down--
as we continue to lose and lose--
as we weep over blind decisions
made years ago,
we often fail to see
how we've improved

but I proclaim:
I must've gained
from all I've lost
because I wouldn't want
to begin again
if I had to start
as the one I was
when I first began:

in diminishing
I have grown--
from all I've spent
I've reaped a-plenty.

Yes, I know I'm still purblind
but sometimes I've detected
the truth of this equation
in the dark--
when I've used the darkness to feel,
because in deep feeling, I know
for certain, beyond reason:
I'm indeed closer to becoming
the one I hope to grow to be.

But I say: we all get better

because no one can avoid the cost.

Maybe someday
we'll finally lose enough
to finally see
how we have always
only gained.

© 2012, Michael R. Patton
searching for the new mythology

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