Who taught us that there are only
196 kinds of people
because there are 196 countries?
We’re all one earthquake, one civil cry
short of becoming refugees
and that speaks a lot about the fault lines
under our own democracies….”
“Go Back to Your Own Country!”
by Ankita Shah & Ramneek Singh


Welcome to the Tuesday Platform, a place for sharing poetry. How? Link up a poem from your blog, old or new. Then visit, read, and comment on the offerings of others. Simple! Enjoy, and we look forward to reading your work.



all is here

in the world



that which is not

is also



i cannot grasp the un-graspable

i cannot embrace all the pain

i cannot envelope all the love

i cannot live with all the fear

i cannot bear all the doubt

i cannot believe all the fates

i cannot dance to every tune


being played in this moment

but my own




played in this moment


i cannot dance to every tune

i cannot believe all my fates

i cannot bear all my doubts

i cannot live with all my fears

i cannot envelope all my love

i cannot embrace all my pain

i cannot grasp my un-graspable



is also

that which is not



in the world

all is here

15 thoughts on “mirrors

  1. Kerry says:

    Paul, your ‘wish lists’ strike a chord – how we are would like to make a huge difference in this flawed world but we cannot do everything that needs doing, only the few small things that may make a difference, like being kind, respectful, helpful and keeping the bitter dread at bay.
    Thank you for this thought-provoking piece.

  2. thotpurge says:

    Think we don’t have to grasp everything.. just recognize the differences and accept them and be the best we can be to ourselves and to others… you ask an important question.

  3. ManicDdaily says:

    You are right–it is so hard to live with uncertainty, but that’s how it is, right? What are our choices? The discomfort comes across so clear in the line breaks and fragmented aspects of the poem. Thanks! k.

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