Gaze Anew

All the gains our world can give

Cannot replace our time to live.

So limited in days are we

That from our blindness we must flee.

We must make time for joy, to be,

With no thought of utility.

A dollar lost, a dollar gained

Cannot suffice when time has waned.

With open eyes, let’s truly see

The depths of our mortality;

Then turn our eyes to gaze anew

Upon the life we thought we knew.

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Why

Our short and mortal life

Is full of joy and full of strife.

Both the evil and the good

Make sense when it is understood

That we as creatures do not last

And time is winding down so fast.

We’d rather lash out at the skies

Than face the fact of our demise.

We’d rather blame the God of grace

Than recognize our earthly place.

But if we can accept that we

Are here just temporarily,

Death becomes less of a shock

And we can finally take stock.

We’ll see that every breath’s a gift,

Which should our saddened spirits lift.

For when you know that you will end,

You’re free to finally suspend

The need to have explained to you

Why things go down the way they do.

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