Thursday, May 24, 2012

Everything You Ever Wanted

digital art: sharon auberle

Everything You Ever Wanted
by Christine Swanberg

One day you may wake up to find
you have everything you need.

What, then, is
 this stirring inside you?

Perhaps, like the Dalai Lama,
your soul is gathering forces
for its next incarnation,
or maybe the urge to refine
right here,
right now,
manifests on this good planet.

Could be you are part
of a windy current
flying above the jet streams to nirvana,
or another current
has simply sent you skating
past a sociological dream
into a post-consumer world.

I read once that the Danish
are the happiest people in the world.
They live in a dark climate
eclipsed by winter.
They ride bicycles
and eat lots of ice-cream,
have less sex and suicide
than the Swedes.

They have less divorce, violence,
use of guns, anti-depressants, locks,
and religion than we do.
They have higher taxes,
and socialized medicine,
They are not gobbling up the earth
or each other.

One day they woke up

to find
                        they have everything
that they ever wanted.

~ first published in SOUNDINGS