I look up to the stars
And I wish I could see the universe
The way the sun burns in the darkened sky
The way constellations flow like a river down a stream
To feel the earth turn under my feet.
To follow the leaves carried by the wind.
But I am a small being
And the universe is disastrously vast and wondrously deep.
And there are things I want to do
That call to me in the beating of my life.
Shall I be content with watching the rivers dance?
Feeling the faint souls of trees
As I pass them by?
Shall I be content with my four walls?
As I try to build something that will be lost
In the expanse of the universe?
That might not even be built in time?
Shall I run forward
Grasping it by its horns
Dragging the heavy chains behind me
And push forward
Fight the universe for my small twinkle in the light?
It is for naught
Empires fall and cities rise in a mere blink
Of the universe's eye.
And knowledge is lost much faster.
But I remember
Oh I remember
Stories of gods that have been all but abandoned
Of past kings poisoned
Of rebels that left their ever-fading mark
And I know
They meant something
To the people who lived.
And though it was fleeting
Though it's all since lost
I can't help but believe
It was worth it
And I know
My four walls are worth it.