A sprinkle for the sordid consumption
of a time light years past;
A pour for the open-ended questions
and life’s unyielding complexity;
A shower for those that came before
and those still yet to come;
A waterfall for the righteous future
for which a stream will flow behind it.
Permissible are the behaviors that once were scorned
welcome are the ideas that once were not.
Disregarded are the actions that were once considered noble,
challenged are the truths that were once accepted as a universal law.
Envious mediocrity —
A time when all who falter won’t fail;
A time when all who deceive won’t writhe in guilt;
A time when all who act indecently won’t stand trial
to those pervasive tendencies that are consuming
Embrace the impossible?
Integrate the inescapable?
March forward with confidence into the world we’ve come to know as it’s inevitably
Homogeneity of an expansive population,
a diverse population
an individualist and isolated population
a lonely population
a suffering population.
Homogeneously suffering from the very thing
driving it to push boundaries, inspire creativity, incite a philosophical
revolution on what we perceive
as (our) right.
Sedating ourselves with passive entertainment;
the colors, the sounds, the lights, the action —
political tool or ingenious craft?
Contributing to existence once devoid of vibrancy.
Mediocre envy —
A time when we validate all artistic creation
despite former parameters that distinguished novice from virtuoso;
A time when all who assert the human condition
stand trial in the face of their peers;
A time when the common man does not envy those
who have qualities he does not.
A sip for the obtrusive candor
of those who seek connection where it is lacking.
A taste for incestuous boundaries
and all those brave enough to grace the path of moral ambiguity.
An indulgence for the narcissistic altruism
of those seeking a world-loving self.
A toast then,
to the precarious future designed by thine own hand, and all those brave enough to experience it.