Treasure Island

G.R. Gaus

(April 11 1950 / St. Louis)

Counterfeit Life


Throw me a line, please pull me in,
I'm going down time and again,
Caught in the current, I'm running thin,
My mind won't set free, the pain.

Lost in thoughts of what I've learned,
Taught by family and friends,
Lately now I've become concerned,
How life gets stuck in these trends.

What happened to peace in being alone?
Without answering to somebody else,
Living in a group is like being a clone,
There is simply no individual self.

No man is an island, for what it's worth,
It might be much better for his soul,
Feeling his thoughts, close to the earth,
Instead of growing up playing a role.

We're all in the same boat, drifting to sea,
Our paddles have been lost with our mind,
Search the world over for the golden key,
While for millenniums we slowly went blind.

Submitted: Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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We are born into a life that we have little control, we are brainwashed early on what to do, go to school and church, and how to act properly according to some fictitious set of rules. Some of us finally escape by leaving home and finding our own way later on. For the others who remain prisoners of this counterfeit life, they will continue to pass in down through countless generations as it has been passed on to them.

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